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The ion trap used to levitate a single nanoparticle. Inset: optical interference between the particle and its mirror image.

A mir­ror tracks a tiny par­ticle

Sensing with levitated nanoparticles has so far been limited by the precision of position measurements. Now, researchers at the University of Innsbruck led by Tracy Northup, have demonstrated a new method for optical interferometry in which light scattered by a particle is reflected by a mirror. This opens up new possibilities for using levitated particles as sensors, in particular, in quantum regimes.

Microphone in front of a big crowd

Ensu­ring resi­li­ent digi­tal demo­cracy

Together with 13 other universities, the University of Innsbruck has been awarded a €3 million project to research the big question of how Europe's societies can become more resilient after the pandemic. Matthias Kettemann and his team will lead a work package on digital communication.

With fault-tolerant implementation the effort and complexity increase, but the resulting quality is better.

Error-Free Quan­tum Com­pu­ting Gets Real

For quantum computers to be useful in practice, errors must be detected and corrected. At the University of Innsbruck, Austria, a team of experimental physicists has now implemented a universal set of computational operations on fault-tolerant quantum bits for the first time.

Flagge der Ukraine weht im Wind.

War in Ukrai­ne: Uni Inn­bruck helps

The University of Innsbruck is dismayed by the war in Ukraine. A crisis team has been set up to deal with the situation and is working on concrete steps to support cooperation partners

Rainer Blatt

Guten­berg Rese­arch Award for Rai­ner Blatt

This year, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is awarding its most prestigious research award to Innsbruck quantum physicist Rainer Blatt. He will receive the Gutenberg Research Award 2022 today in Mainz at this year's annual celebration of the Gutenberg Forschungskolleg.

An embryo of Ciona intestinalis, epidermal cells are shown in Magenta,  bipolar tail neurons in green

Impor­tant genetic ori­gin of our senses iden­ti­fied

Researchers have deciphered the function of a gene that is essential for the formation of neural structures in the head of vertebrates and their perception of the environment.

AURORA President Jón Atli Benediktsson (center) and Rector Tilmann Märk (r.) hand over the donation from the AURORA universities to Tetyana Kaganovska, Rector of Kharkiv University (l.).

Aurora Uni­ver­si­ties sup­port part­ner uni­ver­sity in Ukraine

The universities of the Europe-wide Aurora University Network are currently meeting in Innsbruck. The rector of Karasin University Kharkiv is also a guest - she reported on the situation in her city and was presented with 51,000 euros in financial support for her university.

Taschachhaus in den Ötztaler Alpen

Alpine sustaina­bi­lity at moun­tain huts

The Munich Section of the German Alpine Club and the Department of Geography at the University of Innsbruck have successfully completed their project "Alpine Sustainability at Huts - ANAH". This was the first time that the interrelationships of various factors in the management of alpine bases were scientifically investigated with methods for measuring the indicators.

28,106 Students all in 2022
4,000 Lectures per semester in the year 2022
62.9 million Euro third party funding and other revenue in the year 2022