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 9 Newsletters and have been published in 31 press articles, among which an extended article on the New York Times Magazine. 

   Latest News and Activities

News - September, 2020

Ultracold multi-layered force sensor probes the CSL noise in the paper by Vinante, Carlesso, Bassi and Ulbricht.

News - September, 2020

INFN has opened 10 postdoctoral positions in theoretical physics: one of them is associated to TEQ's research group.

News - September, 2020

The first Italian public demonstration of encrypted communication using Italian-made optical-fibre quantum technology showcased at ESOF2020 (Trieste).

News - September, 2020

While preparing the TEQ final experiment, their study represents a very important preliminary outcome.