How do quanta cooperate?

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The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved the Collaborative Research Center / Transregio 306 (TRR 306). The goal of the scientists is to collectively investigate the behavior of quantum systems.

How do quanta cooperate?

Starting in 2021, the researchers participating in TRR 306 ‘QuCoLiMa’ (Quantum Cooperativeness of Light and Matter) will be investigating the quantum collective behaviour of physical systems at the interface of quantum optics and condensed matter during the course of the four-year project, which is set to receive around 11 million euros in funding. ‘The purpose of this research programme is to establish a new field of research in multi-particle physics of the cooperative effects of quantum light and matter’, emphasises the speaker of TRR 306 ‘QuCoLiMa’, Prof. Dr. Joachim von Zanthier, Professorship for Experimental Physics and the vice speaker, Dr. Kai Phillip Schmidt, Professorship for Theoretical Physics at FAU.

The team of 29 researchers in TRR 306 hope to gain a better understanding of how cooperative behaviour develops in quantum systems and how it can be controlled. The findings could be used for applications in quantum engineering such as improved sensors, secure communication or quantum computers. In addition to FAU as coordinating university, the universities of Saarbrücken, Mainz, Linz, and Jena, TU Kaiserslautern, the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light, and the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron are all involved in the project, while Forschungszentrum Jülich is contributing its quantum computer resources.

Further information:

Website QuCoLima


Prof. Dr. Joachim von Zanthier
Professur für Experimentalphysik
Tel.: 09131/85-27603