Institute For Quantum Optics and Quantum Information
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Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information
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Agency overview
Jurisdiction Austria
HeadquartersInnsbruck, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Agency executives
  • Rainer Blatt, Executive Director, IQOQI Innsbruck
  • ?aslav Brukner, Executive Director, IQOQI Vienna
  • Markus R. Knabl, Administrative Director, IQOQI Innsbruck
Parent agencyAustrian Academy of Sciences
WebsiteIQOQI Innsbruck
IQOQI Vienna

The Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) (German: Institut für Quantenoptik und Quanteninformation) is a member institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and was founded in November 2003, to create an Austrian research center for the newly developing fields of theoretical and experimental quantum optics and quantum information. A branch in Vienna joined the Stefan-Meyer-Institute at Boltzmanngasse 3 under the direction of Anton Zeilinger.[1]

It has two independent sites in Innsbruck and Vienna with around 80 employees each. The institute is dedicated to fundamental research in quantum optics, quantum information, quantum foundations and quantum communication, both theoretical and experimental.

The site of Innsbruck has four research groups led by Rainer Blatt, Francesca Ferlaino, Rudolf Grimm and Peter Zoller and two junior groups led by Gerhard Kirchmair and Oriol Romero-Isart. The institute in Vienna (IQOQI-Vienna) has eight groups led by Markus Aspelmeyer (IQOQI-Vienna's current director), ?aslav Brukner, Marcus Huber, Markus Müller, Miguel Navascues, Rupert Ursin and Anton Zeilinger, as well as the recently established YIRG (Young Independent Researcher Group), lead by Ämin Baumeler, Costantino Budroni and Yelena Guryanova.[2]

The two sites are independent research centers with strong links to the University of Innsbruck and the University of Vienna. Thereby a close exchange of students and postdocs is established and the members of the institute can be integrated in teaching at the universities.


The main research achievements of IQOQI-Vienna include the up-to-now longest quantum teleportation (over 144 km),[3] the highest photon angular momentum states that are entangled,[4] the coldest temperature of a nano-mechanical resonator[5] and the first proposal for testing general relativistic time dilation in a quantum experiment.[6] IQOQI-Vienna is a member of the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ).[7]

IQOQI-Vienna is located in a historical building at Boltzmanngasse 3. In May 2015, the European Physical Society has designated the building as an EPS Historic Site,[8] among the sites that are significant to physics and its history. The building was previously the location of the Institute for Radium Research, now Stefan-Meyer-Institute for Subatomic Physics, initiated by Karl Kupelwieser and opened by Archduke Rainer of Austria.[9]

Research groups in Innsbruck

  • Quantum optics and spectroscopy (Rainer Blatt)
  • Dipolar quantum gases (Francesca Ferlaino)
  • Ultra cold atoms and quantum gases (Rudolf Grimm)
  • Superconducting quantum circuits (Gerhard Kirchmair)
  • Quantum nanophysics, optics and information (Oriol Romero-Isart)
  • Quantum optics and quantum information (Peter Zoller)

Research groups in Vienna

  • Quantum foundations and quantum information on the nano- and microscale (Markus Aspelmeyer)[10]
  • Quantum foundations and quantum information theory (?aslav Brukner)
  • Quantum thermodynamics, quantum information and quantum metrology, theory and experiments (Marcus Huber)
  • Quantum information and foundations of physics (Markus Müller)
  • Foundational and theoretical aspects of quantum information (Miguel Navascués)
  • Quantum information processing and communication, experiments (Rupert Ursin)
  • Quantum information and foundations of physics, experiments (Anton Zeilinger)
  • Young Independent Research Group (Yelena Guryanova)


  1. ^ "IQOQI Vienna". Retrieved .
  2. ^ "IQOQI Vienna". Retrieved .
  3. ^ Ma, Xiao-Song; Herbst, Thomas; Scheidl, Thomas; Wang, Daqing; Kropatschek, Sebastian; Naylor, William; Wittmann, Bernhard; Mech, Alexandra; Kofler, Johannes; Anisimova, Elena; Makarov, Vadim (September 2012). "Quantum teleportation over 143 kilometres using active feed-forward". Nature. 489 (7415): 269-273. arXiv:1205.3909. doi:10.1038/nature11472. ISSN 1476-4687.
  4. ^ Fickler, Robert; Campbell, Geoff; Buchler, Ben; Lam, Ping Koy; Zeilinger, Anton (2016-11-15). "Quantum entanglement of angular momentum states with quantum numbers up to 10,010". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113 (48): 13642-13647. doi:10.1073/pnas.1616889113. ISSN 0027-8424. PMID 27856742.
  5. ^ Meenehan, Seán M.; Cohen, Justin D.; Gröblacher, Simon; Hill, Jeff T.; Safavi-Naeini, Amir H.; Aspelmeyer, Markus; Painter, Oskar (2014-07-17). "Silicon optomechanical crystal resonator at millikelvin temperatures". Physical Review A. 90 (1): 011803. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.90.011803.
  6. ^ Zych, Magdalena; Costa, Fabio; Pikovski, Igor; Brukner, ?aslav (2011-10-18). "Quantum interferometric visibility as a witness of general relativistic proper time". Nature Communications. 2: 505. doi:10.1038/ncomms1498. ISSN 2041-1723. PMC 3221301. PMID 22009037.
  7. ^ "Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ)". Retrieved .
  8. ^ "EPS Historic Sites - Institut für Radiumforschung - European Physical Society (EPS)". Retrieved .
  9. ^ "The History of the SMI". Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Aspelmeyer Group". Retrieved .

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