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Macroscopic Quantum Superpositions

Project description

Testing the foundations of quantum mechanics at the large scale

Do the laws of quantum physics hold for massive objects of arbitrary size? The EU-funded Q-Xtreme project seeks to address this important question by testing quantum superposition at unprecedented macroscopic scales. Using optical, electric and magnetic forces in ultra-high vacuum, researchers plan to place a levitated object in two locations at once, separated by a distance comparable to its size. By providing a viable route towards macroscopic superpositions of objects containing billions of atoms, Q-Xtreme will bring macroscopic quantum physics to an entirely new level. High-mass superposition experiments will exceed state-of-the-art experiments by at least five orders of magnitude in mass.

Call for proposal

ERC-2020-SyG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-SyG - Synergy grant

Host institution

UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 557 371,76

Beneficiaries (4)

UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 1 557 371,76
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 3 207 371,76
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 7 775 506,85
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 581 426,49
Address
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-platz 2
1010 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations