Quantum Technologies

Quantum computing will change our world – in science, industry, the economy, and our everyday lives.

Wolfgang Marquardt

The development and use of quantum technology is one of the most ambitious technological goals of science today. The effects on society and business are almost impossible to predict. The Helmholtz Association’s mission is to contribute to solving important and urgent social, scientific, and economic problems. Helmholtz is a driver of quantum technology research in Germany and Europe and a pioneer in science and technology. Together with partners at universities and research institutions as well as in industry, Helmholtz aspires to push forward the development of quantum technologies, from basic research to system development to application.

Helmholtz is active in the five primary areas: quantum computingquantum communicationquantum sensing, quantum materials and basic research, as well as simulation and numerical methods. In addition, Helmholtz develops, builds, and operates powerful infrastructures for researching quantum technologies. 

Quantum materials

At their current stage, the technologies for creating and manipulating qubits for quantum computers are about to reach the necessary maturity. But the step from current qubit demonstrators to full-fledged quantum computers is still a huge one. No one today can say which qubit platform is best suited to constructing a quantum computer. There is still room for radical improvement resulting from developments in the exploration of quantum phenomena in materials and systems.

The Helmholtz Association intends to develop tailored materials and quantum systems. One important goal is to research the basics of quantum systems at the atomic and molecular levels and to construct quantum mechanical characteristics with atomic precision.

Institute for Quantum Materials and Technologies (IQMT)

Background and Strategy


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