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Walther-Meißner-Institut (WMI), Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Chair for Technical Physics (E23), Technische Universität München

ExQM takes off


January 24, 2014


The Bavarian State Government has granted the new International Graduate School "Exploring Quantum Matter (ExQM)" within the Elite Network of Bavaria.

ExQM is a joint program of TU Munich (coordinating institution) and LMU Munich in cooperation with Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ), Walther-Meißner-Institute (WMI) and Walter Schottky Institute (WSI), Garching (for details see press release).

Designing quantum matter promises novel technological applications in near future. The currently emerging new insight into highly correlated quantum systems will most likely be essential. Among them, there are phenomena as interesting and important as super conductivity, quantum-phase transitions, and the time evolution of quantum many-body systems. A key step to understanding them is large-scale simulation of correlated quantum systems („quantum matter“) in laboratory experiments.

ExQM unites the expertise of some ten first-rank Munich-based research groups located at TU Munich, LMU Munich, Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW). By systematically making the most of new media, exchange with international partners at Vienna, Innsbruck, Barcelona, ETH Zurich, Harvard, Stanford, Caltech and others shall be intensified. Assisted on a professional level by Virtual University at LMU as integral partner an International E-Library of Excellence in Quantum Physics shall be set up. ExQM also provides guest professorships and international workshops including participants from industry.

The international PhD programme addresses physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists as well as physical chemists. Moreover, in order to get trained in new media, science writing, project management and outreach, integrated soft-skill seminars will be offered.

The planned Ph.D. projects typically run for three years. The program is Munich-based. However, we aim at intense exchange on all levels of national, European (several EU-programs with some 60 partners worldwide) and overseas co-operations. In their third year, Ph.D. students shall spend three months with international partners.

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Prof. Dr. Rudolf Gross
Walther-Meißner-Institut, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
und Physik-Department, TU München
Tel.: +49 (0)89 / 289 –14201
E-Mail: Rudolf.Gross@wmi.badw.de
Web: http://www.wmi.badw-muenchen.de/
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