Quantum mechanics provides, to date, the most accurate understanding of the microscopic world of atoms, molecules and photons allowing them to be in the superposition of two different, perfectly distinguishable configurations at the same time. However, the macroscopic world that is before our very own eyes doesn’t seem to respect quantum rules. Why is that so?

TEQ addresses such a fundamental quest from an innovative standpoint, supported by a € 4.4M grant awarded by the European Commission. The TEQ partners will develop new theoretical models and implement a test of the quantum superposition principle on macroscopic objects to establish the ultimate bounds to the validity of the quantum framework, if any.

Facts and Figures

Since January 2018, 68 scientific papers connected with the project have been published, among which 2 PRL, 1 Nature Physics and 2 Nature Communications. TEQ Consortium members have delivered 252 talks reaching more than 16.400 people in 30 different countries.

Moreover, TEQ-related news have been collected in 11 Newsletters and have been published in 40 press articles, among which an extended article on the New York Times Magazine. 

   Latest News and Activities

News - January, 2021

"Underground test of gravity-related wave function collapse" published by Angelo Bassi and Catalina Curceanu, among others, has been chosen as second best science news of 2020 by Science.

Activity - December, 2020

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the possible boundaries and limits of validity of the quantum mechanics theory and the implications of this research in various sectors.

News - November, 2020

“The project has fully achieved its objectives and milestones for the period” says the TEQ’s second Review Report delivered by the European Commission.

Activity - November, 2020

After the June 2020 meeting, TEQ experimentalists have gathered on November 23 for updates on the latest developments.