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Image: Lukas Slodička (l.) and Markus Hennrich (r.)

[2013-03-19] A team of physicists led by Lukas Slodička and Markus Hennrich achieved an international first by entangling two distant atoms through the detection of a single light particle. This type of entanglement of quantum objects is considerably more efficient than previous methods and may be used for large-scale quantum networks in the future.

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Image: Prof. Rainer Blatt receives the decoration from Governor of the Tyrol Günther Platter and of the Province of South Tyrol, Italy, Luis Durnwalder.

[2013-02-20] On Wednesday Rainer Blatt received the Order of Merit of the Province of the Tyrol. Representatives of the province awarded this decoration in recognition of the experimental physicist's sustained commitment and cutting-edge achievements in research.

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Image: C. Lackner/IQOQI

[2013-02-15] A team of physicists at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, performed an experiment that seems to contradict the foundations of quantum theory – at first glance. The team led by Rainer Blatt reversed a quantum measurement in a prototype quantum information processor. The experiment is enabled by a technique that has been developed for quantum error correction in a future quantum computer.

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Image: 1 x 1 millimetre quantum chip, produced by the FHV Dornbirn

[2013-02-05] The European Research Council (ERC) will support the production of a prototype of a new generation of ion traps. Worldwide scientists use these traps to study quantum systems and phenomena. Rainer Blatt’s team of quantum physicists in Innsbruck have been leading the development of these ultra-modern micro traps. Now they have received a grant from the ERC Proof of Concept program to fabricate them.

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Image: Harald Ritsch/IQOQI

[2013-02-04] Not only do optical fibers transmit information every day around the world at the speed of light, but they can also be harnessed for the transport of quantum information. In the current issue of Nature Photonics, a research team of Innsbruck physicists led by Rainer Blatt and Tracy Northup report how they have directly transferred the quantum information stored in an atom onto a particle of light. Such information could then be sent over optical fiber to a distant atom.

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