On 3 October 2023, the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, together with Munich Quantum Valley and the Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology, invited children and adults alike to take a look behind the doors of the institute and learn about the world of quantum optics and its technological applications, such as quantum computing.
Opening the doors for young and old is the motto on 3 October 2023 at the Garching research campus. The Munich Quantum Valley (MQV), the Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) jointly invite to get to know the world of quantum (optics) with a colorful program.
The Quantum Future Academy (QFA) brings together young talents in the field of quantum technologies. The first part of the binational event took place in Israel in February. The second week-long academy in Germany concluded this year's program this past week.
From July 6 to 8, Munich Quantum Valley was part of the Festival of the Future on the Museum Island in Munich. At the booth, on panels and in workshops, MQV together with MCQST, PhotonLab and QL3 informed the diverse audience about quantum technologies.
From 5 to 7 May, Munich Quantum Valley was part of the FORSCHA, which took place as part of the Munich Science Days at the Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum. Around 8,000 visitors attended the interactive festival of knowledge.
Ten female students aged 14 to 16 took part in Munich Quantum Valley's Girls'Day event. At the Walther Meissner Institute of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, they were able to learn about the profession of (quantum) scientist through a diverse program.
Munich Quantum Valley was represented with a booth at the DPG Spring Meeting of the Condensed Matter Section (SKM) as part of the Exhibition of Scientific Instruments and Literature from March 28 to 30.
Munich Quantum Valley took part in two conferences in the first week of March: At the DPG Spring Meeting of the Atomic, Molecular, Quantum Optics and Photonics Section (SAMOP) in Hannover as well as at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS March Meeting) in Las Vegas, MQV presented itself with a booth.
The Quantum Future Academy (QFA) is a bi-national event that brings together students from Israel and Germany in two week-long academies on quantum technologies. The first part of the program in Israel takes place this week.
Four research groups of the University of Regensburg (UR) started their work in the lighthouse project "Quantum circuits with spin qubits and hybrid Josephson junctions" at the beginning of the year. Within the project, which is funded by the Free State of Bavaria as part of the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV), they are investigating central components of possible future quantum computers based on semiconductor spin qubits and superconducting qubits.
The lighthouse project IQ-Sense began its work at the beginning of the year. As one of currently seven projects, it is funded by the Free State of Bavaria within the framework of Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) and aims to develop quantum sensors for application in biology and medicine.
Today we celebrate the first anniversary of the foundation of the Munich Quantum Valley e.V. and look back on a successful year together with the Scientific Director of MQV, Prof. Rainer Blatt.
On this occasion, we are also releasing our first public annual report.
Funded by the Free State of Bavaria as part of Munich Quantum Valley (MQV), QuMeCo is set to explore new and better measurement and control methods for quantum systems and took up its work at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) beginning of January.
Earlier this week, the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) announced that the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) will be one of six sites to host the first European quantum computers.
As part of the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) initiative, the Free State of Bavaria is supporting six outstanding doctoral students in their research in the field of quantum sciences with doctoral scholarships of around 200,000 euros each. The internationally selected top talents will conduct research at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
The universities in Augsburg, Würzburg, Erlangen-Nuremberg and Munich, as well as the technical universities of applied sciences in Regensburg and Nuremberg, will receive around twenty million euros in funding from Bavaria's High-Tech Agenda to enable them to further strengthen their profile in quantum sciences and quantum technologies.
A quantum system consisting of only 51 charged atoms can assume more than two quadrillion different states. Calculating the system's behavior is a piece of cake for a quantum simulator. Yet even with todays supercomputers it is almost impossible to verify the result. Researchers of the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) initiative and the University of Innsbruck have now shown how these systems can be described using equations from the 18th century.
The Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) is hosting a series of three different talks by Harvard physicist and MCQST Distinguished Lecturer Mikhail Lukin in Munich in May.
Making young scientists fit for quantum technologies: The universities in Augsburg, Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Munich, Regensburg, and Würzburg will each receive around 144,000 euros in funding from the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria.
Just one year after the Bavarian state government issued its declaration of intent, the founding document was signed ceremonially at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities to mark the formal establishment of the Munich Quantum Valley as a registered association. Supplementing the funding of 300 million euros from Bavaria’s Hightech Agenda the initiative’s members have already raised federal funds totaling more than 80 million euros.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder are delighted by their impressions into research and networks at MPQ and express their further support.
Quantum research could be the spring of the next big technological revolution and a seed for wealth. A good reason for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder to visit the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching near Munich, one of the top places in quantum research in the world, to see the current state of science and its prospects for the future. The State of Bavaria has recently funded the new Munich Quantum Valley initiative with 300 million euros, while the German Federal State provides 2 billion for quantum research as part of its economic stimulus package. The MPQ plays a central role in this development due to its world-renowned expertise and excellent international networks.
Bavaria's leading scientists and universities kick off a new research initiative to promote quantum science and develop new quantum technologies. The Free State of Bavaria is supporting the project with 300 million euros.