Quantum Technology

Key technologies for super-fast computers, secure communication, and revolutionary diagnostic procedures
[Photo: University of Stuttgart/Max Kovalenko]

In the quantum world, few things seem logical, but many things are possible: super-fast quantum computers, secure data encryption, revolutionary diagnostic methods and therapies in medicine. Quantum technology is a young and forward-looking research area that combines the basics of quantum physics with practical aspects from the engineering sciences. It has the potential to find important solutions to urgent problems of our time.

The field of quantum technology at the University of Stuttgart features a broad spectrum, from basic research to the development of technological applications. It is characterized by worldwide collaborations with renowned research institutions and industrial partners as well as a state-of-the-art research infrastructure.

As early as 2014, the University of Stuttgart, Ulm University, and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research established the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology IQST as a center of basic and applied research in the quantum sciences. In the Center for Applied Quantum Technology (ZAQuant), scientists are developing novel nanophotonic quantum sensors in order to make sensor technology more sensitive, more specific, and more energy efficient. For this purpose, quantum sensor research is brought together, from basic research in physics to electrical engineering. In addition, the ZAQuant has excellently equipped laboratories for research on quantum sensor materials as well as for precision measurements on quantum sensors.

Furthermore, researchers from the University of Stuttgart are heavily involved in several projects of the Competence Center Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg. Within the framework of the center, the currently most powerful quantum computer in Europe is being built.

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