Peter Zoller and Ignacio Cirac

Yesterday, Nature Review Physics honored the beginning of experimental quantum computation 25 years ago. In May 1995, Ignacio Cirac and Peter Zoller published a comprehensive concept for the creation of a quantum computer using trapped ions. The article established a new field of research that has been decisively shaped by Innsbruck quantum physics in recent years.

A particularly fascinating class of quantum states are topological states of matter.

Topological materials attract great interest and may provide the basis for a new era in materials development. In Science Advances, physicists around Andreas Elben, Jinlong Yu, Peter Zoller and Benoit Vermersch now present a new measuring method that allows to identify and characterize so-called topological invariants on various experimental platforms.

The Honorary Doctor Rainer Blatt with the Rector of the University of Madrid, Joaquín Goyache, and the Austrian Ambassador in Madrid, Christian Ebner.

For his scientific achievements in the field of quantum physics, experimental physicist Rainer Blatt received an honorary doctorate from the Complutense University of Madrid on Friday in Madrid. On Wednesday, Blatt was already accepted as a foreign member of the Spanish Academy of Sciences.

The motion of magnetic objects can be made to interact with their internal acoustic waves. In this way, as physicists from Innsbruck show, nanoparticles can be cooled down to such an extent that they exhibit quantum properties.

Today, most quantum experiments are carried out with the help of light, including those in nanomechanics, where tiny objects are cooled with electromagnetic waves to such an extent that they reveal quantum properties. Now, a team of physicists led by Oriol Romero-Isart at the University of Innsbruck and the Austrian Academy of Sciences is proposing to cool microparticles with sound waves instead.

Simon Baier

The experimental physicist Simon Baier from the research group led by Francesca Ferlaino will receive the IQOQI Dissertation Prize 2019, a prize worth 1,000 euros, which will be awarded for the sixth time this year and honors scientific excellence in the field of quantum physics.

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