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 sensing

Classical sensor systems are increasingly reaching their physical limits with respect to precision, sensitivity, speed, and dimensionality. Quantum sensors based on a number of transformative approaches offer exciting new options and will trigger a revolution in sensor technology.

The Helmholtz Association’s activities range from space-based and terrestrial applications in navigation and geodesy to autonomous mobility, communication, and life science. They will be combined in two primary strategic directions.

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