The Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI) is dedicated to the discovery and interpretation of new phenomena in condensed matter, the development of novel materials and functional structures at the nano- and quantum-scale as well as innovation in experimental and theoretical methods. Our research places emphasis on potential long-term applications in information technology and related fields. A special focus lies on quantum materials, quantum computing and neuromorphic computing.

Focus of our Research

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Quantum Computing

We are working together with partners from science and industry to build a European quantum computer in Jülich.

Quantencomputing

Quantum Materials

We research quantum materials with the aim of using them for storing and processing information in the medium or long term.

Neuromorphic

Neuromorphic Computing

We are researching a computational approach modelled on the human brain at all the necessary levels, from materials to circuit design and system integration.

News and Events

Rami Barends, John Paul Strachan, Emre Neftci

Brain gain from California

This summer, three top scientists moved from sunny California to Forschungszentrum Jülich. The researchers, who come from Google, Hewlett-Packard Labs and the University of California, will help to further expand the internationally outstanding research into new computer technologies at Jülich. The primary mission of the newcomers will be to put concepts for quantum computers and neuromorphic computers into practice.

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PGI Colloquium: Prof. Dr. Albert Polman, NWO-Institute AMOLF, the Netherlands

We use cathodoluminescence imaging spectroscopy (CL) as a powerful tool to characterize optical metasurfaces at deep-subwavelength spatial resolution.[1] In CL, a 5-30 keV electron beam is raster-scanned over the surface while the emitted radiation in the optical and near-infrared spectral range is detected.

Selected Projects and Cooperations

QuantumFlagship

Building a European Quantum Computer

A European quantum computer with 50 to 100 superconducting qubits is to be developed and operated on our campus within the EU's Quantum Flagship Project OpenSuperQ. Scientists from across the world will have open access to it.

ML4Q

Robust Components for Quantum Computing

In the Excellence Cluster “Matter and Light for Quantum Computing” (ML4Q) we aim, together with the universities of Cologne, Aachen, and Bonn, to develop new computing and networking architectures using the principles of quantum mechanics.

NEUROTEC

Neuro-inspired Artificial Intelligence Technologies

The new project “Neuro-inspired artificial intelligence technologies for the electronics of the future” combines existing internationally recognized scientific competences to enable the development of innovative "Beyond von Neumann" concepts to be decisively pursued using energy-efficient components.

JARA_FIT

New Approaches in Information Technology

In the research alliance JARA, section JARA-FIT, we contribute to creating the basis for the information technology of the future.

JARA-CSD

JARA-Center for Simulation and Data Science (JARA-CSD)

Within the framework of the JARA-CSD research alliance, we make the use of data analysis and HPC systems accessible to a broad spectrum of scientific users and create new opportunities for cutting-edge research.