Gerhard explains the world of quanta

You may have heard of transistors, capacitors and coils as components of a classic computer. But how do you turn it into a quantum computer? What does all this have to do with superconductors? What can quantum computers actually do better than a classic computer and why are Google, IBM and Intel interested in it?

At the Pint of Science Festival in Innsbruck on 22-24 May 2023, Gerhard Kirchmair (OAEW.V) explains how to elicit quantum phenomena from electrical circuits with the help of superconductors and how to use them to build a quantum computer that can do “some things” better than a classical computer. The research conducted in SuperMeQ is used as a practical reference.

Cool with a nonlinear cavity


The OEAW Innsbruck team together with the team from KIT have demonstrated a new way of cooling mechanical motion. This novel method exploits the nonlinearity of a superconducting flux-tunable microcavity, which is coupled to the motion of a mechanical cantilever. By driving the cavity in the nonlinear regime, enhanced cooling of the center-of-mass motion was demonstrated. All the details can be read here, with a synopsis here and a news article here. Congrats to the OEAW Innsbruck and KIT teams for this excellent work!

Project kick-off meeting 10 and 11 November 2022

SuperMeQs kick-off meeting has taken place at UAB campus in Barcelona, hosted by Carles Navau Ros from SuperMeQ’s UAB node. We had two days full of presentations, discussions and getting together. This was a great way to kick start the project!

Members of the SuperMeQ project at the kick-off meeting at UAB campus in Barcelona.

SuperMeQ started 1 October 2022

We are excited to share that our Horizon Europe project SuperMeQ started 1 October 2022. It is a collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (in Vienna and Innsbruck, Austria), the Walther Meissner Institute (Garching, Germany), Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany).