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A particular strength of the Peter Grünberg Institute is the ability to tackle complex multi-scale problems using an integrated approach, involving scientists across and also beyond the boundaries of its own departments.

This approach is facilitated by a wide spectrum of experimental facilities and individual expertise, and by a close collaboration between experimental and theoretical groups.

Scientific expertise is also available through the close cooperation with nearby universities. The partnership JARA – Jülich Aachen Research Alliance with RWTH Aachen University was formed 2007. JARA comprises six thematic sections, i.e. “Fundamentals of Future Information Technologies – JARA-FIT”, “Translational Brain Medicine – JARA-BRAIN” and the recently founded “Center for Simulation and Data Science – JARA-CSD”. JARA has resulted in many new research activities and partnerships and has also helped foster the DFG-funded Excellence Cluster “Matter and Light for Quantum Computing” with partners at the Universities of Bonn, Cologne and Düsseldorf. The PGI is a vital partner of this excellence cluster.
The PGI secures the expertise of important senior scientists through the awarding of Helmholtz Professorships (e.g., Prof. H. Katayama-Yoshida) and the JARA Senior Professorships (e.g. Prof. T. Noll).

Within the framework of the EU-funded quantum computing flagship, the proposal OpenSuperQ, which focuses on the realization of a superconducting multi-qubit system, has been approved and now involves the ETH Zürich, Chalmers University, the University of Saarbrücken and other partners. This project is tasked with operating superconducting (transmon) multi-qubit circuits as a central facility, serving as a competence centre for the flagship. This lab will be a central part of the new PGI division "Institute of Quantum Information", currently being planned.