Peter Zoller and Rainer Blatt

Rainer Blatt and Peter Zoller are awarded the Micius Prize, which is presented for the first time this year. With Anton Zeilinger, Ignacio Cirac and Jian-Wei Pan, three other researchers who previously worked in Innsbruck will be awarded the prize.

Several tens of thousands of particles spontaneously organize in a self-determined crystalline structure while sharing the same macroscopic wavefunction - hallmarks of supersolidity.

Researchers led by Francesca Ferlaino from the University of Innsbruck and the Austrian Academy of Sciences report in Physical Review X on the observation of supersolid behavior in dipolar quantum gases of erbium and dysprosium. In the dysprosium gas these properties are unprecedentedly long-lived. This sets the stage for future investigations into the nature of this exotic phase of matter.

A localization phenomenon boosts the accuracy of solving quantum many-body problems with quantum computers which are otherwise challenging for conventional computers. This brings such digital quantum simulation within reach on quantum devices available today.


Through randomly selected measurements, Austrian physicists can determine the quantum entanglement of many-particle systems. With the newly developed method, quantum simulations can be extended to a larger number of quantum particles. In the Science Magazine, the researchers report on the first successful demonstration of this method developed by physicists from Innsbruck, Austria.

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In a quantum simulator, an international team of researchers was able to investigate the properties of different quantum phase transitions. Due to the complexity of the processes, these dynamics were not experimentally accessible until now. The researchers report their findings in the journal Nature.

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