TUM alumnus recognized
Nobel Prize for quantum researcher Anton Zeilinger
In the 1980s Zeilinger conducted research and taught as a professor in Experimental Physics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), before returning to his home country of Austria and the University of Vienna. The physicist has been researching quantum teleportation for decades. In 1997 he was the first to succeed in "connection-free" transferal of one quantum state of a photon to another, thus laying the foundation for high-potential applications in quantum information technologies.
TUM President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann congratulated the Prize winner: "Anton Zeilinger is a true pioneer in quantum physics. I am proud that the academic career path of this exceptional scientist is linked with TUM and our Department of Physics. His work illustrates the importance of fundamental research in the exploration of new fields of technology. He is an encouraging role model for our ambitious students."
Quantum research is one of the strategic focus areas of TUM and its partner institutions in the scientific metropolis of Munich. For example, the Excellence Cluster "Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology" investigates quantum-mechanical phenomena and develops fundamental components, materials and concepts for quantum technologies.
This year saw the founding of "Munich Quantum Valley", supported by the Hightech Agenda Bavaria. Munich Quantum Valley consolidates the expertise of its scientific partners, with the objective of developing and operating competitive quantum computers.
Zeilinger is the 18th TUM scientist or alumnus to win the Nobel Prize.
Technical University of Munich
- Ulrich Meyer