our mission

We explore the physics at low and ultra-low temperatures with special focus on superconductivity and magnetism as well as on the control of quantum systems in the field of quantum technologies.

Venia Legendi for Matthias Althammer

Dr. habil. Matthias Althammer received the Venia Lengendi in Experimental Physics from the Technical University of Munich.

MCQST Mid-Term Report now available

The Mid-Term Report of the Excellence Cluster "Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST)" is ready and available online.

Phonons with Spin

WMI researchers demonstrate the interconversion of magnons and chiral phonons using a versatile experimental platform

what we do
Our field
of research
Quantum Systems
We study the fundamental physics of solid-state based quantum systems and advance their fabrication technology to lay the basis for applications in quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum sensing.
Quantum Communication and Sensing
We study the foundations of quantum microwave communication and sensing. We also develop quantum microwave technologies for the realization of quantum local area networks and advanced sensing methods.
Quantum Computing and Information Processing
Our mission is to investigate complex quantum systems, engineer novel devices and educate students to advance quantum technologies for scientific and societal impact.
Quantum Theory
We develop analytic and numerical methods for modelling the quantum properties of superconducting circuits, nanomechanical devices, spin ensembles and hybrid quantum systems. Our goal is to identify improved protocols for practical quantum communication and quantum information processing applications, but also to explore novel quantum many-body phenomena that arise in such artificial quantum devices with specifically engineered properties and interactions.
Magnetism and Spintronics
We study the ordering of spins, magnetization dynamics and spin transport in magnetic materials to understand the formation of complex spin textures, their high-frequency response and the transport of angular momentum. We fabricate complex magnetic heterostructures and nanostructures required for advanced data storage and the next-generation spintronic devices.
Superconductivity and Correlated Electron Systems
Superconductivity is one of the most fascinating but also complex and challenging phenomena in solid-state physics. We focus on the fundamental understanding of the mechanism of superconductivity in materials such as the cuprates, iron pnictides or organic metals.
whats happening
News & Events
WMI-Seminar: 11:15h, Piotr Grochowski

Piotr Grochowski
Title: “Quantum control of continuous systems via nonharmonic potential modulation”
Affiliation: IQOQI Innsbruck
Time: Friday, 23.02., 11:15 h


The magnetoelastic coupling of magnetic and elastic excitations enables the generation of elastic waves carrying angular momentum. In a quantum picture, this corresponds to a resonant conversion of magnons to chiral phonons and vice versa. WMI researchers realize this conversion process using a simple and versatile experimental platform consisting of a metallic magnetic thin film on a crystalline substrate. These findings allow us to study the impact of crystal symmetry on angular momentum transport by phonons and investigate phononic birefringence.


Entanglement is a key resource for quantum information processing and quantum communication applications. Researchers at WMI have proposed and analyzed a new scheme for distributing a large amount of entanglement between multiple nodes of a quantum network, while at the same time using only a minimal amount of experimental resources. Moreover, the proposed protocol has a built-in multiplexing mechanism, which can be used to entangle more and more qubits within a fixed amount of time.

Venia Legendi for Matthias Althammer

Matthias Althammer was granted the Venia Lengendi in Experimental Physics from the Technical University of Munich. Matthias Althammer joined WMI in 2013 and is Senior Staff Scientist sine 2015. He submitted his Habilitation Thesis entitled Pure Spin Currents in Magnetically Ordered Insulators in 2021 and completed the habilitation process in the same year. Meanwhile he received the Venia Legendi in Experimental Physics.  We are very happy that Matthias is strengthening the WMI teaching team,  as offering high quality lectures and seminars is key for attracting talented students to WMI. Congratulations to Matthias and all the best for his teaching career!


The Mid-Term Report of the Excellence Cluster Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) is ready and now available as pdf-document or as printed version. "It is amazing what MCQST has achieved since 2019 regarding scientific output, fostering of young talents, educational programs, organization of events, outreach activities, and media presence. The MCQST Office has done a marvellous job by condensing the broad MCQST activities into a compact report", spokesperson Rudolf Gross points out.

Focus issue on quantum computing published

Quantum computers promise speed advantages for certain computational problems compared to classic computers. However, there are still significant hurdles before this happens to master. These do not arise solely from the necessity of technological developments to build large-scale quantum computers at all, but there are also new ideas for applications needed – ideas that require new schools of thought. The focus issue on quantum computing discusses these aspects from different perspectives, including an article from Stefan Filipp (Walther-Meißner-Institut & TU Munich) and Gian Salis (IBM Research - Zurich) on solid-state based quantum computing systems.