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

Activity - November, 2020

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

News - November, 2020

We gladly share the Lecture Series promoted by UniKORN Seminars of the British Optomechanical Research Network from 11th to 14th January 2021.

News - November, 2020

The ultimate goal of the research project is to realise a platform for ultra-precise sensing of forces such as gravity.

News - October, 2020

A recent TEQ-related paper on PRL sheds light on the detection of dark bosons.