Tommaso Calarco

The physicist specializes in optimizing quantum processes. He initiated and pioneered joint efforts in quantum technology research at national and European level.

Tommaso Calaraco (Forschungszentrum Jülich/Sascha Kreklau)
Tommaso Calarco
Forschungszentrum Jülich/Sascha Kreklau

Instigator and networker

Prof. Tommaso Calarco is considered one of the leading quantum physicists today. At least as important is his role as an instigator and as someone who brings others together. He is one of the founding fathers of the European Quantum Manifesto, which led to the billion-euro EU Quantum Flagship programme. Within the programme, he leads the Quantum Community Network, which brings together theorists and experimental groups as well as science and industry. He was also instrumental in founding “EIN Quantum NRW”, the quantum computing network for science and industry in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

“Research in quantum physics always reminds me of playing with Lego as a child. You tinker away until something materializes. There’s a tremendous amount of playful fascination to it."
Tommaso Calarco

Optimal control

In his research, he is looking for ways to selectively influence the fundamental quantum processes. His goal is to reduce error rates and thus improve the computational accuracy of quantum computers – for all qubit types. He considers questions such as: What is the upper limit beyond which quantum transport processes cannot be accelerated any further? How can qubits be optimally controlled and monitored? His working group not only focuses on quantum computers, but also on topics such as quantum sensors.

Selected projects

    Research into quantum sensing technologies
  • PASQuanS
    Control and simulation of many-body systems


Prof. Dr. Tommaso Calarco

Director, Institute for Quantum Control PGI-8

  • Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI)
  • Quantum Control (PGI-8)
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+49 2461/61-9365
Last Modified: 18.08.2022