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Gregor Weihs and Veronika Sexl each with a yellow safety helmet on their head

Three Clus­ters of Excel­lence in Inns­bruck

With highly endowed clusters of excellence, the Austrian Science Fund FWF creates Austrian flagships of basic research. The University of Innsbruck will coordinate the Cluster of Excellence for Quantum Sciences and is involved in two Clusters of Excellence on political, social and cultural developments in Eurasia and on materials for energy conversion and storage.

A metal corpus with a circular opening

Two-dimen­si­o­nal quan­tum freeze

Researchers at ETH Zurich and TII Abu Dhabi, with the support of quantum optics theorists from Innsbruck, Austria, have succeeded in simultaneously cooling the motion of a tiny glass sphere in two dimensions to the quantum ground-state. This represents a crucial step towards a 3D ground-state cooling of a massive object and opens up new opportunities for the design of ultra-sensitive sensors.

Die Rückseite eines Hochleistungscomputers mit Kabeln und grün leuchtenden Lampen

High-per­for­mance com­pu­ter with quan­tum copro­ces­sor

ith 9 million euros in funding from the NextGenerationEU recovery plan for Europe, the University of Innsbruck will combine a quantum computer with a supercomputer in the coming months. The novel system will be used in various fields such as computer science, physics, mathematics and beyond and will be open to all scientists in Austria for research and teaching.

A cover image of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, with a cosmic cloud in the background.

Tra­cing the ori­gin of life

A team of scientists from France and Austria has discovered a new abiotic pathway for the formation of peptide chains from amino acids - a key chemical step in the origin of life. The current study provides strong evidence that this crucial step for the emergence of life can indeed occur even in the very inhospitable conditions of space.

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Rina Alluri is the new UNESCO Chair­hol­der in Inns­bruck

On 26 January, peace researcher Rina M. Alluri was inducted as the new UNESCO Chairholder for Peace Studies in Innsbruck. She succeeds Wolfgang Dietrich and is also co-director of the Master's programme "Peace and Conflict Studies".

Illustration of an atom in a laser trap

A Quan­tum Video Reel

When it comes to crea­ting ever more intri­guing quan­tum systems, a con­stant need is finding new ways to observe them in a wide range of physical sce­narios.  JILA Fellow Cindy Regal and JILA and NIST Fellow Ana Maria Rey have teamed up with Oriol Ro­mero-Isart from the Univer­sity of Inns­bruck and IQOQI to show that a trapped par­ticle in the form of an atom rea­dily re­veals its full quan­tum state with quite simple ingre­dients.

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Anton Zeilinger awarded hon­orary doc­tor­ate

Today, quan­tum physi­cist Anton Zeilin­ger was award­ed an hono­rary docto­rate in the Aula audi­torium of the Univer­sity of Inns­bruck. The Nobel Prize winner of 2022 was hono­red for his outs­tan­ding scient­ific achieve­ments. Zeilinger was a pro­fessor at the Depar­tment of Experi­mental Physics at the Uni­versity of Innsb­ruck from 1990 to 1999, where he carried out much of the work recent­ly hono­red with the No­bel Prize.

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

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