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.

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The Quantum and the Cosmos

23-26 March 2020
Trieste (Italy)

The workshop The Quantum and the Cosmos will bring together experts in quantum mechanics, cosmology and quantum gravity, to discuss questions like: Does gravity need to be quantum? What are the possible routes to quantum gravity? What are the possible quantum effects in cosmology? Does quantum gravity eliminate space-time singularities like a big bang? Is space-time relational? Can alternatives to quantum mechanics be tested by cosmological observations?

Trieste Junior Quantum Days 2020

1-3 July 2020
Trieste (Italy)

The workshop will gather young researchers working in quantum mechanics and its applications. PhD students and PostDocs will be given the opportunity to present their research activity and interact with their colleagues, share motivations, techniques and perspectives, in a friendly and informal environment. In the morning, blackboard lectures by senior experts will provide a perspective on relevant problems in quantum theory.

Registrations are now open!

News - February, 2020

On February 5, 2020 the Smithsonian Magazine published an article exclusively discussing the TEQ research

Activity - December, 2019

TEQ experimentalists will meet on December 10 at the labs of the University of Southampton (UK).

News - October, 2019

The Department of Physics of the University of Trieste has organized a hands-on workshop on “Quantum Software on Real Quantum Computers”

Activity - September, 2019

TEQ will explore the macroscopic limit of quantum theory, with the specific goal of answering the question: does quantum coherence survive when the mass/complexity of a system increases, or does it break down as predicted by alternative formulations?