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, 97 scientific papers connected with the project have been published, among which 4 PRL, 1 Nature Physics and 2 Nature Communications. TEQ Consortium members have delivered 322 talks reaching more than 29.000 people in 30 different countries.

Moreover, TEQ-related news have been collected in 13 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 - September, 2021

TEQ project was featured on the cover of the German monthly magazine Geo with in-depth interviews to three project partners.

News - August, 2021

Shooting glass beads across the inside of a satellite could probe the limits of quantum wave behaviour. TEQ partners alongside colleagues explain how in a Comment on Nature.

News - July, 2021

Space offers a potentially attractive arena for verifying quantum properties of macroscopic objects: a TEQ feasibility study.

Activity - July, 2021

TEQ SC members will discuss the next 12 months of activities in light of the project extension.