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 295 talks reaching more than 25.000 people in 30 different countries.

Moreover, TEQ-related news have been collected in 11 Newsletters and have been published in 56 press articles, among which an extended article on the New York Times Magazine. 

   Latest News and Activities

News - May, 2021

Quantum mechanics offers valuable solutions for making communications around the world safer. TEQ has sponsored the video of the first Italian public demonstration of quantum communication.

Activity - April, 2021

TEQ supports the Laws of Nature Series, a new initiative to promote the exchange of ideas in the field of the foundations of quantum physics.

News - April, 2021

TEQ's PI interviewed on Italian popular science magazine Le Scienze on the work on models of spontaneous wave function collapse.

News - April, 2021

One position is on levitated micromagnets and the other on analogue physics with superconducting microwave circuits.