The last decade has seen enormous progress in the technologies enabled by quantum mechanics. In recent years new interdisciplinary fields have emerged where quantum mechanics has seen applications in sensing and imaging. The use of novel quantum systems as sensors has expanded the range of their applications from gravimetry to bio-sensing. 

Simultaneously, efforts have been made to use the classical and quantum properties of light to overcome diffraction-limited resolution and retrieving sparse images from a complex medium by manipulating light.

In this year’s VCQ summer school four distinguished professors will introduce the participants to the basics of quantum sensors and imaging techniques and their applications in various fields. It will be a fascinating lecture series for early-stage researchers.

General Information

  • Philippe Bouyer (CNRS, Institut d’Optique, Bordeaux, France):
    Quantum Gravimeters using atomic systems
  • Dmitry Budker (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany):
    Zero- to ultralow-field NMR: From chemistry to dark matter
  • Fedor Jelezko (Universität Ulm, Germany):
    Quantum sensing with NV centers in diamond
  • Miles Padgett (University of Glasgow, UK):
    Imaging with entangled photons

The event will take place between the 6th and 10th of September 2021 at the TU Wien, Vienna, Austria. We are hopeful that it will be possible to hold the school in presence, but if the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic does not allow an in-person school, the event will be held online.

Online event: All registered applicants can attend the online lectures free of charge.

In-person event: A registration fee of €150 is applied, which includes lectures, coffee breaks and the conference dinner (Accommodation has to be organized and paid by the participants themselves). Students associated with TU Wien, University of Vienna, IST Austria, and Austrian Academy of Sciences can attend the school free of charge.

  • Federica Cataldini (TU Wien)
  • Nadine Hilmar (TU Wien)
  • Bianca Kämpf (University of Vienna)
  • Pradyumna Paranjape (TU Wien)
  • Riya Sett (IST Austria)
  • Amin Tajik (TU Wien)
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The summer school will be also listed as a lecture course at the TU Wien and the University of Vienna. Please note that you need to register separately for the course if you want to take the exam and the credits. Check here for more information later.

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