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    08 Feb 2024
    06:02 pm

    A superconducting sandwich offers hope for Majorana QuBits

    Dresden physicists discover the source of unique surface superconductivity, published in the journal Nature.

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    08 Feb 2024

    Kitty Q Celebrates: Quantum Physics Game App Exceeds 500,000 Downloads

    The cute, half-dead cat Kitty Q is proving to be a global sensation, boasting over 500,000 downloads. The game app Kitty Q – A Quantum Adventure, starring the charming feline, demonstrates the appeal of quantum physics to children and teenagers. The gamification initiative is set to continue in 2024 with the launch of Germany’s first-ever quantum physics escape room for kids.

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    18 Jan 2024
    11:00 am

    Extremely Robust & Ultra-Sensitive: Topological Quantum Device Produced

    A significant breakthrough has been achieved by quantum physicists from Dresden and Würzburg. They’ve created a semiconductor device where exceptional robustness and sensitivity are ensured by a quantum phenomenon. This topological skin effect shields the functionality of the device from external perturbations, allowing for measurements of unprecedented precision. Published in Nature Physics.

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    23 Nov 2023
    12:00 pm

    €2.7 million for Superconducting “Miracle”. ERC grant for Dresden quantum physicist Hassinger

    Elena Hassinger, a renowned low-temperature physicist, has been awarded €2.7 million in funding by the European Research Council. This ERC Consolidator Grant will support her pioneering work on unconventional superconductors, which could lead to a breakthrough in topological quantum computing.

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    26 Oct 2023
    05:00 pm

    Spinaron: A Rugby in a Ball Pit. New Quantum Effect Demonstrated for the First Time

    For the first time, experimental physicists from the Würzburg-Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat have demonstrated a new quantum effect aptly named the “spinaron.” This revelation challenges the long-held Kondo effect – a theoretical concept which has been considered the standard model for the interaction of magnetic materials with metals since the 1980s. These groundbreaking findings were published in the esteemed journal Nature Physics.

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    25 Oct 2023

    Building Bridges in the Quantum World. New Excellence Chair launched in Würzburg

    Giorgio Sangiovanni specializes in the computational analysis of quantum materials. He now heads the recently established Chair in Computational Quantum Materials at ct.qmat’s Würzburg branch, backed by €1.5 million in funding from the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts.

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    27 Sep 2023

    Claudia Felser Awarded the 2023 EPS Europhysics Prize for Pioneering Scientific Work

    The European Physical Society presented this award to celebrate the “seminal contributions to the classification, prediction, and discovery of novel topological quantum materials.” Claudia Felser is one of the 25 principal investigators of the Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat.

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    07 Sep 2023

    Training quantum computers: Physicists win prestigious IBM award

    A team of five, headed by quantum physicist Professor Ronny Thomale of the Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat based at two universities in Würzburg and Dresden, secured second place in the international IBM Quantum Open Science Prize. The research group devised an algorithm enabling IBM’s 16-qubit quantum chip to be trained to outperform conventional computing capabilities.

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    06 Sep 2023

    #researcHER: International elite of female physicists visit Würzburg

    This summer, the Hubland Campus of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg became a hub for female quantum physicists from around the globe. From July 31 to August 2, 2023, they gathered at the behest of the Grete Hermann Network, part of the Würzburg-Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat.

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    09 Aug 2023

    Teaching award for Elena Hassinger: Unpacking the impact of gender stereotypes on scientific careers

    Dresden-based cluster professor Elena Hassinger has received TU Dresden’s 2023 Diversity-Aware Teaching Award for her interdisciplinary seminar “The Big Bang Theory Syndrome: Why should we care about stereotypes?” The English-language seminar aims to raise students‘ awareness of gender stereotypes, sharpen their perception, and professionalize their interactions.

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    13 Jul 2023

    “3D glasses” for topological materials: Using hi tech to illuminate quantum mysteries

    In a breakthrough akin to the effects of 3D cinema, scientists are using light particles to uncover the mysteries of electron behavior and propel our understanding of quantum materials forward. These materials, rich with potential for energy-efficient electronics and cutting-edge technology of tomorrow, are distinguished by their topological properties that could rarely be measured directly – until now.

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    22 May 2023

    Third funding period for Würzburg's Collaborative Research Center ToCoTronics

    The Collaborative Research Center ToCoTronics in condensed matter physics will be extended for four more years. The German Research Foundation is funding it with 12 million euros.

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