University of Innsbruck

Unlocking Neu­tron Star Rota­tion Anoma­lies

A collaboration between quantum physicists and astrophysicists, led by Francesca Ferlaino and Massimo Mannarelli, has achieved a significant breakthrough in understanding neutron star glitches. They were able to numerically simulate this enigmatic cosmic phenomenon with ultracold dipolar atoms. This research establishes a strong link between quantum mechanics and astrophysics and paves the way for quantum simulation of stellar objects from Earth.

Schroedingers' cat

Austria's quan­tum sci­ence is taking off

Yesterday, the FWF Cluster of Excellence for quantum sciences has been officially launched in Innsbruck. As part of the Excellence Initiative, the Clusters of Excellence are Austrian beacons of basic research. Quantum Science Austria (quantA) brings together over 60 research groups in Innsbruck, Vienna, Linz and Klosterneuburg and is intended to strengthen Austria's leading position in quantum science in the long term.

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Focus cli­mate com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on: Pro­ject PEAK laun­ched

The Univer­sity of Inns­bruck is enhanc­ing its science communic­ation in the fields of climate, bio­diversity, and sustaina­bility. A key develop­ment in this initiative is the crea­tion of a new online platf­orm, designed to show­case the univer­sity's extensive scientific exper­tise. This plat­form, part of the PEAK project (Per­spectives on Engagement, Accountability, and Knowledge), offers insights into current research and includes a growing database of expert profiles.

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Quan­tum tool opens door to unchar­ted phe­no­mena

Scientists led by Peter Zoller have developed a new tool for the measure­ment of entanglem­ent in many-body systems and demon­strated it in experi­ments. The method enables the study of pre­viously inaccessible physical phenom­ena and could con­tribute to a better under­standing of quantum materials. The work has now been published in Nature.

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Uni­ver­sity of Inns­bruck focu­ses on Mas­to­don

The communications team at the University of Innsbruck will increasingly rely on the microblogging service Mastodon for science communication. Mastodon is a non-commercial and data protection-friendly platform with functions similar to the former Twitter. For this purpose, an instance has been created at on university servers, which is open to the university's organizational units. The active use of X will be significantly reduced.

A weather station in front of a field in the Andes

From Gla­ciers to Rain­fall: Ten Years in the Andes

Scien­tists at the Univer­sity of Innsb­ruck have been studying the water cycle and glaciers in the Andes near Huaraz in nort­hern Peru for a long time. They recently docu­mented a prev­iously unrep­orted rainfall phenom­enon. These light rainf­alls, known locally as "Pushpa", mark the beginning of the sowing season. Their unpre­dicta­bility from one year to the next com­plicates matters for farmers, a situa­tion poten­tially wors­ened by climate change.

Snow cannon

Sustaina­bi­lity of arti­fi­cial snow on ski-slo­pes

Researchers from the Universities of Innsbruck and Waterloo have studied the environmental impact of artificial snowmaking and its effect on the sustainability of ski tourism with Canada as an example. High water and energy consumption and the associated CO2 emissions are a burden on the environmental balance sheet; energy from renewable sources can make winter sports considerably more sustainable.

Two people standing in front of a large ice cliff

Ice cliffs as an early war­ning sys­tem for the cli­mate

It is rare to find glaciers bounded on land by vertical ice cliffs. These ice cliffs respond with particular sensitivity to environmental changes. Research teams from Tyrol and Styria are investigating ice formations at a site in the far north of Greenland. The researchers intend to draw conclusions about the development of the Arctic climate based on the changes in the glacier walls. 

28,106 Students all in 2022
4,000 Lectures per semester in the year 2022
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