Oriol Romero-Isart, Lukas Novotny, Markus Aspelmeyer and Romain Quidant during the preparation of the joint research project.

The Austrian-based quantum physicists Oriol Romero-Isart and Markus Aspelmeyer, together with Lukas Novotny and Romain Quidant from ETH Zurich, will receive one of the prestigious ERC Synergy Grants. Together they want to explore the limits of the quantum world by positioning a solid-state object containing billions of atoms at two locations simultaneously for the first time.

IQOQI Innsbruck/Harald Ritsch

A publication by the research group led by Francesca Ferlaino on the first-time verification of special quasiparticles in quantum gases was chosen by the editors of Nature Physics as one of their favorite papers of the past 15 years. To mark the anniversary of the journal, which was founded in 2005, the most important works in the various disciplines of physics are presented.

Brad Baxley, JILA

The US National Science Foundation announced yesterday that it is funding three new research institutes for quantum technologies. In a center for quantum science and technologies led by the University of Colorado and funded with a total of 25 million dollars, Peter Zoller's research group is the only international partner involved.

Matthew Norcia

Matthew Norcia has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Erwin Schrödinger Center for Quantum Science and Technology (ESQ).  As an ESQ postdoc, Matt will study dipolar quantum mixtures of erbium and dysprosium atoms in the RARE lab of Francesca Ferlaino.

Superconducting resonator (white) on top of a silicon substrate, which is held by a copper clamp. The chip (silver) with the micro-mechanical oscillator is attached to the silicon substrate. The microscope picture shows the so-called SQUID in the center of the superconducting resonator with the micro-mechanical oscillator on top. On the bottom of the micro-mechanical oscillator one can see the magnet. A ballpoint pen serves as a size comparison.

Scientists around the world are working to demonstrate the quantum nature of macroscopic objects in the laboratory and to exploit it. Physicists led by Gerhard Kirchmair have now succeeded in coupling a micromechanical oscillator magnetically strongly to a superconducting circuit. In the future, the limits of the quantum world could thus be explored and new quantum sensors built.