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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.

Congratulations to Philipp Krüger
Philipp Krüger of WMI receives Best Poster Prize.
Obituary for Johneph Sukham †
On July 3, Johneph Sukham died in a tragic accident.
Optimal control promises to make quantum computing easier
Understand your system completely and use optimal control: this is the aim of our newest PRApplied paper on Control, Calibration and Characterization (C^3) of quantum devices.
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Title: Effects of surface treatments and UHV packaging on flux tunable transmon qubits

Congratulations to Philipp Krüger

Philipp Krüger of WMI has been awarded a Best Poster Prize for his excellent poster contribution on "Microwave Quantum Key Distribution in a Noisy Environment" presented at the International Conference on Quantum Science & Technology organized by the Excellence Cluster MCQST.

The Best Poster Award has been handed over within the Award Ceremony Session on 23 July 2021 together with a prize money donated by Menlo Systems GmbH.

Obituary for Johneph Sukham †

On July 3, Johneph Sukham died in a tragic accident. We feel great sadness and will miss Johneph as an inspiring colleague and friend. RIP.

Welt der Quanten

There is a tremendous progress in quantum research and the development of quantum technologies, and their application potential is huge. In a focus issue of the journal "Akademie Aktuell" scientists of the Walther-Meißner-Institute explain the present research directions in quantum science and technology. They also discuss the future impact of quantum technology for all of us.

Munich is on of the internationally leading centers for quantum science and technology. This leading position has been further strengthened  by the start of the excellence cluster  Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) in 2019 and the foundation of the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) in 2021. The latter will be supported by the Bavarian state government by 300 Mio. Euro. The Walther-Meißner-Institute is one of the key players pushing the dynamic development since almost two decades.


Federico Roy, Nicolas Wittler and Max Werninghaus in a collaboration between Saarland University, IBM Research, Forschungszentrum Jülich and WMI describe how optimal control methods can be used in system characterization to achieve a "Good Model". They outline a new method for Control, Calibration and Characterization (C3) of quantum devices based on the complete understanding of the system and using optimal control. C3 provides us with the tools to achieve this goal and push us further in the quest for high-fidelity quantum devices.

Integrated Tool Set for Control, Calibration, and Characterization of Quantum Devices Applied to Superconducting Qubits
Nicolas Wittler et al., Phys. Rev. Applied 15, 034080 (2021).

Contactless high performance power transmission

A team led by physicists Christoph Utschick and Prof. Rudolf Gross has succeeded in making a coil with superconducting wires capable of transmitting power in the range of more than five kilowatts contactless and with only small losses. The wide field of conceivable applications include autonomous industrial robots, medical equipment, vehicles and even aircraft.

Superconducting Wireless Power Transfer Beyond 5 kW at High Power Density for Industrial Applications and Fast Battery Charging
Christoph Utschick et al., IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 31, 5500110 (2021)