A boost for quantum sciences at the University of Vienna and the TU Wien:

03. Mar 2008  — Research teams at the University of Vienna and at the TU Wien were able to convince both the scientific referees and the jury to fund their projects “Challenging the Limits of the Quantum World”, initiated by Professor Anton Zeilinger and "Designed Matter and Quantum Technologies (DMQT)" initiated by Professor Karl Unterrainer.


A boost for quantum sciences at the University of Vienna and the TU Wien:


A boost for quantum sciences at the University of Vienna and the TU-Wien: Funding for a physics infrastructure proposals has been granted The Austrian minister of science, Dr. Johannes Hahn, announced on Feb. 28th 2008, that a number of innovative research infrastructure projects in Austria were selected for funding.

Research teams at the University of Vienna and at the TU Wien were able to convince both the scientific referees and the jury to fund their projects “Challenging the Limits of the Quantum World”, (initiated by Professor Anton Zeilinger) and "Designed Matter and Quantum Technologies (DMQT)" initiated by (Professor Karl Unterrainer).

Under the common theme  “Challenging the Limits of the Quantum World”, the research groups headed by Prof. Markus Arndt, Prof. Thomas Pichler, Prof. Peter Franz Rogl and Prof. Anton Zeilinger will focus on exploring quantum effects in new size, complexity and temperature regimes.  

The projects include:

- Cluster interferometry with the aim of extending the size of individual objects exhibiting quantum interference well into the mesoscopic domain (Arndt).  

- In situ spectroscopy of nanosystems with the aim at developing functional low dimensional materials with tunable quantum properties (Pichler).

- Theoretical and electron-microscopical investigation of new phases of matter like parity violating superconductors and development of novel materials (Rogl).  

- Entanglement of ultra-cold atomic ensembles and micromechanical systems to establish quantum phenomena for multi-atom and macroscopic systems (Zeilinger).  

The common theme: "Designed Matter and Quantum Technologies (DMQT)", combines the efforts of three faculties: Technical Chemistry, Physics, and Electrical Engineering & Information Technology at the TU-Wien. The bridge connecting all three are modern designer materials ranging from molecules to semiconductor, metal, and oxide nano structures, from quantum devices to degenerate quantum matter, with the goal to build a broad and solid technological basis for quantum science.  

Besides strengthening the technological infrastructure at the Center for Micro- and Nano Structures (ZMNS) at the TU Wien, DMQT includes a chair on ‘Applied Quantum Science’ which will occupy a central position in bringing quantum science together with novel materials.

Press release by the Austrian Ministry of Science