Quantum mechanics provides, to date, the most accurate understanding of the microscopic world of atoms, molecules and photons.
Besides being undeniably successful, quantum mechanics is equally undeniably weird: it allows putting a microscopic system in the superposition of two different, perfectly distinguishable configurations at the same time.
However, the macroscopic world that is before our very own eyes seems to elude the richness of quantum superposition states. Why don’t we see the macroscopic world behaving quantum mechanically?

TEQ will address such a fundamental quest from an innovative standpoint, supported by a € 4.4M grant awarded by the European Commission.
Scientists from 8 research institutions with the technical support of a laser-producing company will develop new theoretical models and implement a test of the quantum superposition principle on a macroscopic object to establish the ultimate bounds to the validity of the quantum framework, if any.

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News - Thursday, July 12, 2018

How does the world crystallise from quantum weirdness? We might just have the answer, says a new article on the cover of the July 14, 2018 issue of the New Scientist. And that answer could be given by the TEQ project.

News - Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The TEQ teams work to establish the large-scale limit of quantum mechanics trying to answer questions that are so far unaddressed: why we have no evidence of non-classical behavior in the macroscopic world? How is quantumness lost as we abandon the microscopic domain?

News - Friday, June 29, 2018

Dr Catalina Oana Curceanu, the PI of the LNF-INFN group of TEQ, was awarded for her commitment in research in nuclear and quantum physics.

Activity - Friday, June 22, 2018

Members of the TEQ consortium will meet at the University of Southampton (UK) to further discuss the design and realization of the TEQ experiment.