Theoretical Nanoelectronics

The quantum mechanical nature of matter is the basis of all functioning of electronic devices. We use techniques from many-body physics, from quantum statistical physics, and from the mathematics of topology, to analyze the properties of electrons in a wide range of present-day exploratory devices. Our work can enable the development of new qubits, and new approaches to building a quantum computer.

Head: Prof. Dr. David DiVincenzo

News and Events

Hofstadter's butterfly

Blueprint for fault-tolerant qubits

Building a universal quantum computer is a challenging task because of the fragility of quantum bits, or qubits for short. Researchers led by Prof. David DiVincenzo have now proposed a design for a circuit with passive error correction. Such a circuit would already be inherently fault protected and could significantly accelerate the construction of a quantum computer with a large number of qubits.


PGI Colloquium:
Prof. Dr. Immanuel Bloch, LMU Munich & Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Munich & Garching, Germany

More than 30 years ago, Richard Feynman outlined his vision of a quantum simulator for carrying out complex calculations on physical problems. Today, his dream is a reality in laboratories around the world. This has become possible by using complex experimental setups of thousands of optical elements, which allow atoms to be cooled to Nanokelvin temperatures, where they almost come to rest.



Electronic Properties of Nanostructured Materials

Atomic order-disorder transitions or phase transitions like freezing-melting are among the most dramatic effects occurring in condensed matter.


Quantum Information Processing

We work at the fundamental level on the theory of quantum information processing, developing new concepts for qubits and multi-qubit modules.  We work closely with the experimental scientists in PGI-11.