Quantum technologies

Quantum technologies will have a profound impact on our everyday lives in the coming decades. With its outstanding research achievements, our university is driving this development forward and promoting a new generation of scientists.

A scientist is working on a Quantum Computer.

Quanta are the smallest, discrete units of a physical quantity such as energy. Their properties are complex: systems consisting of just a few quanta can contain unimaginably large amounts of information. In addition, quantum systems can exist in superposition states and have a fixed relationship to each other regardless of their distance, which is incompatible with the laws of classical physics. These capabilities are the basis for new, groundbreaking technologies.

The enormous progress in the preparation and control of quantum systems makes it possible to develop fast quantum computers with extremely high computing power or sensitive measuring instruments such as quantum sensors that can detect the smallest magnetic fields or forces. Our university conducts cutting-edge research in these areas, develops the underlying basic technologies and at the same time trains highly qualified young scientists who will be able to accompany this development in the future.

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Glossary

What are quanta, actually?

There are many different terms and areas in the quantum world and its underlying theories. In our glossary, we explain some of the most important ones.

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Research and innovation

Our researchers create the basis for new fields of application for quantum technologies through the interdisciplinary interaction of natural sciences and engineering. They collaborate with other researchers in numerous research networks and institutions, thus strengthening the Munich ecosystem in these fields. Together and with financial support from the Hightech Agenda Bayern innovation program, new research approaches can be implemented in these key technologies.

Main research areas

Quantum computers are based on the principles of quantum mechanics and use qubits instead of bits. This gives them the potential to solve complex problems much faster than conventional computers. Quantum computing is a central research focus at TUM, ranging from basic research to the development of quantum hardware and software.

We research new algorithms, methods and technologies, and we also implement pioneering projects in application areas such as encryption methods (cryptography), quantum simulation and machine learning - both in cooperation with other research institutions, universities and companies and through internal research initiatives.

Research facilities

Scientists at Walther-Meißner-Insitute (WMI)

Walther-Meißner-Institute (WMI)

The WMI researches the physical properties of quantum materials at low temperatures. The focus lies on superconducting and spin-based quantum systems and their application.

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Scientist with a quantum computer at TUM School of Computation, Information and Technology.

Munich Quantum Valley (MQV)

The MQV promotes applied quantum science in Bavaria and the transfer of knowledge from research to industry. It also offers a wide range of educational opportunities and an international network.

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A scientist from the Cluster of Excellence "Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology" (MCQST).

MCQST Cluster of Excellence

The researchers in the cluster carry out basic research in all areas of quantum technology and combine disciplines such as physics, mathematics, computer science and chemistry throughout Munich.

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TUM Center for Quantum Engineering (ZQE)

The ZQE is dedicated to research and development of hybrid quantum technologies, functional quantum materials and the realization of complex quantum systems.

More about the ZQE

Munich Quantum Center (MQC)

The MQC is a Munich-wide initiative with other universities and research institutes conducting research into quantum information, quantum nanosystems, quantum many-body physics and superconducting devices.

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CRCs and Transregios

Our researchers are investigating important quantum applications and phenomena in collaborative research projects with partners from Germany funded by the German Research Foundation.

More about the projects

MPI of Quantum Optics (MPQ)

We cooperate with the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, which deals with the interaction of light with quantum systems, in alliances and the Cluster of Excellence MCQST. Several researchers at MPQ also have a honorary professorship at TUM.

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Study and teaching

TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning

In-service training

Overview courses on quantum technologies, quantum computing or the responsible use of it - the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning offers a wide range of certificate programs that combine cutting-edge research with practical knowledge. The programs are aimed at specialists and managers at all stages of their careers.

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Study programs in the field of quantum technology

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

The scientifically oriented master's program in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology builds upon existing factual and methodological knowledge and offers the...

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Mathematics

The bachelor's program in mathematics offers students a sound vocational education and training as well as their first chance to specialize within the discipline.

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Mathematics

The master's program in mathematics deepens and builds upon students’ existing knowledge, offering a broad spectrum of individual specialties.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Physics

The bachelor’s program in Physics provides a wide-ranging general education in the discipline and enables students to pursue their first individual specialization.

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics)

The Master's degree program in Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics) is a two-year international graduate program, designed to give students an insight into current research...

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Physics (Condensed Matter Physics)

The master's program in Condensed Matter Physics covers one of the widest ranging fields in physics, and combines fundamental research with innovative applied fields.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Political Science

The bachelor's degree program in Political Science offers a comprehensive grounding in political science with the opportunity to specialize in focus areas at the interface of...

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Politics & Technology

The new Master´s program offers a new approach to the study of politics and policy in an age of major technological and economic changes.The program is intended for students...

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Quantum Science & Technology

In the two-year study program, the students will experience research-related training at the interface between natural sciences, engineering and mathematics. It is a joint program...

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Entrepreneurship and society

 Laser table in the laboratory

TUM Venture Lab Quantum

The Venture Lab supports start-ups in the early stages and offers advice, access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and expert knowledge in quantum computing, quantum sensor technology, chip design and more.

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Quantum Social Lab at the TUM Think Tank

The Lab focuses on research and innovation on second-generation quantum technologies - and their ethical, legal, social and political implications.

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Video series „NewIn"

Portrait of Prof. Barbara Kraus

Barbara Kraus investigates the behavior of quantum systems and searches for predictable rules that enable reliable new applications. The physicist has held the Chair of Quantum Algorithms and Applications at the TUM School of Natural Sciences since 2023. In this episode of "NewIn", she reveals what goals she is pursuing and where she finds the balance to her work.

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Podcast episode and video series

Quantum simply explained

Two short and easy-to-understand formats provide insights into quantum research: the podcast series "Exzellent erklärt" presents Clusters of Excellence such as the MCQST with interviews including participating scientists and background information. In the video series "Quantum Minutes", MCQST researchers explain complex quantum phenomena in just a few minutes.

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