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51st IFF Spring School

Quantum Technology

23 March – 03 April 2020 in Jülich, Germany


Registration is now CLOSED! We regret that, due to the popularity of this year's school, we can no longer accept any further applications!

Both the lecture hall and the hostel are now FULLY BOOKED!


PLEASE NOTE: in Germany, clocks will be put forward one hour on Sunday, 29 March (at 02:00)! Please make sure you arrive on time for lectures the following Monday!

Spring School Programme 2020

 Lecture Schedule for download (PDF, 184 kB)

(Lecture Schedule last updated 22 January)

 LabTour Schedule for download (PDF, 1 MB)

(LabTour Schedule last updated 22 January)


In the 2020 IFF Spring School, the students and young researchers will be exposed to the modern quantum mechanics tool box in order to equip them with the tools needed to tackle research problems in various different areas. The lecture plan will be organized to survey the entire scope of the current Quantum Technology Flagship of the European Union (qt.eu).

Lectures will be given covering each of the main research thrusts of the flagship: Quantum Communication, including quantum tools for network security and privacy; Quantum Computation, involving techniques from both solid state physics and atomic physics, where the quest is to have large-scale, reliable implementation of powerful computation; Quantum Simulation, which recognizes that even with near-term quantum processors of modest power, progress can be made in uncovering new features of our natural quantum world; and Quantum Sensing and Metrology, in which new quantum effects come closer to the ultimate limits of sensitivity.

Other topics will also be covered, from fundamental subjects such as quantum information theory, to the very technical area of systems engineering. Additional areas include quantum control techniques, and software design for quantum systems. Tours of the Forschungszentrum campus will allow students to visit active laboratories engaged in quantum research, as well as the Jülich Supercomputing Centre where future quantum computing activities will be hosted. Hands-on activities will be planned in which cloud access to functioning quantum information processing devices will be organized.

Topics of the lectures include the quantum view on:

  • Computation: hardware platforms, error correction, verification, software and applications
  • Communication
  • Simulation
  • Sensing and Metrology
  • Control Techniques
  • System Engineering
  • Industrial Perspectives

The IFF Spring School is organised in close collaboration with universities, research institutions, and industry. The School offers about 45 hours of lectures plus discussions as well as the opportunity to visit the participating institutes at Forschungszentrum Jülich.

All lectures will be given in English. Each registered participant will be given a copy of the lecture notes in the form of a hardcover book, which contains all the material presented during the School.