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Quantum Technology

The 21st century will be a century of quantum technology. For most people this is just a term used in science fiction. Therefore it is necessary to present the factual connection and, based on this, to present recommendations for the subsequent development of this field of research.

Quantum technology takes advantage of the phenomenon of entanglement of quantum states. One important application is quantum communication, in other words, using quantum correlations to encode the transmission of information. Commercial encoding machines based on quantum mechanics are already available today. Another development would be the quantum computer. It would effectively aid in solving mathematical problems like factoring numbers.

The workgroup will show the potential that quantum technologies have to offer. The basic principles will be analyzed and possible impacts, like data protection, will be discussed. Moreover the workgroup will establish the significance of quantum technology for Germany as a location of business and science. 


  • National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • Union of German Academies of Sciences
  • German Academy of Science and Engineering acatech

Spokesperson of the Working Group

  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schleich ML
    Universität Ulm

Members of the Working Group 

  • Prof. Dr. Markus Arndt
    Universität Wien, Austria
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Aspelmeyer
    Universität Wien, Austria
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Bayer
    Technische Universität Dortmund
  • Prof. Dr. Tommaso Calarco
    Universität Ulm
  • Prof. Dr. Harald Fuchs ML
    Universität Münster
  • Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Giacobino
    Université Paris, France
  • Dr. Markus Grassl
    National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Hänggi ML
    Universität Augsburg
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang M. Heckl
    Deutsches Museum München und Technische Universität München
  • Prof. Dr. Ingolf-Volker Hertel
    Max-Born-Institut und Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Susana Huelga
    Universität Ulm
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Keimer
    Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg P. Kotthaus ML
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Prof. Dr. Gerd Leuchs
    Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Prof. Dr. Ueli Maurer
    Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. Tilmann Pfau
    Universität Stuttgart
  • Prof. Dr. Martin B. Plenio
    Universität Ulm und Imperial College, London, Great Britain
  • Prof. Dr. Ernst Maria Rasel
    Universität Hannover
  • Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn
    Universität Stuttgart
  • Prof. Dr. Christine Silberhorn ML
    Universität Paderborn
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Schmiedmayer
    Universität Wien, Austria
  • Prof. Dr. Doris Schmitt-Landsiedel
    Technische Universität München
  • Prof. Dr. Kurt Schönhammer
    Universität Göttingen
  • Dr. Philip Walther,
    Universität Wien, Austria
  • Prof. Dr. Emo Welzl
    Eidgenössische Technsiche Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. Roland Wiesendanger ML
    Universität Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Wolf
    Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. Anton Zeilinger ML
    Universität Wien, Austria
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Zoller ML
    Universität Innsbruck, Austria

ML = Member of the Leopoldina



Dr. Christian Anton

Scientific Officer, Department Science - Policy - Society

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