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Quantum Campus Aarhus

Aarhus University has a strong tradition for research within a broad range of quantum technologies targeted by the Danish National Strategy for Quantum Technologies. Spearheaded by the longtime stronghold at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, we now unite several departments across the Faculties of Natural Sciences, Technical Sciences and Health contributing prominently to the development and application of quantum technologies. By joining forces into the Quantum Campus Aarhus, we for instance strive to enable the green and digital transition, predict future drugs and materials, and to educate and train tomorrow’s quantum specialists.

Quantum technology research themes covered at Quantum Campus Aarhus

Strong tradition for quantum research

Aarhus University has a strong tradition for research within a broad range of quantum technologies, targeted by the Danish National Strategy for Quantum Technology - part 1 and - part 2 (in Danish). We cover research fields all the way from fundamental quantum physics, to developing new quantum materials. Our world-leading research groups within computer science spearhead the development of quantum algorithms and software, as well as post-quantum security and communication. We focus on quantum sensors, where we are a frontrunner on ultrafast laser spectroscopy, 3D- imaging and NMR methods. Finally, theoretical and computational quantum chemistry is a long tradition and an international capacity at Aarhus University. Here research on new quantum chemistry codes for quantum computers are being developed as well as algorithms exploiting the potential of the quantum computer for predicting new materials, medicines, and molecular structures.

Collaboration between Natural Sciences, Technical Sciences, and Health

Quantum Campus Aarhus is spearheaded by the Faculty of Natural Sciences (AU-Nat) and unites several department from so far three faculties. The most intricately connected core groups are all located at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, at the Departments of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Computer Science, Mathematics, and iNANO, AU-Nat also houses highly specialized infrastructure, such as synthetic facilities, advanced analytical tools in physics, nanoscience, and chemistry, including clean room, the ASTRID synchrotron, imaging, and various state-of-the-art chemical materials synthesis methods. These traditional strongholds are boosted further by already established or upcoming activities - mostly with respect to application of the fundamental knowledge generated in the core groups – at many other departments, namely the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Mechanical and Production Engineering, Geoscience, Biology, Biomedicine, Clinical Medicine, and Public Health. Thus, the Quantum Campus Aarhus unifies research interest of the Faculties of Natural Science, Technical Sciences and Health.

Educating tomorrow’s specialists, tackling societal challenges

Aarhus University also invests heavily in educating tomorrow’s specialist in the field of quantum technologies, mainly through our well-established and renowned Master’s programmes in Physics, Chemistry, and Computer Science, but also in cooperation with other European Universities, as exemplified by the QuanTEEM Master's programme, jointly offered by Aarhus University, University of Burgundy (France) and University of Kaiserslautern (Germany). We expect an extremely high demand for talent trained with a cross-disciplinary thinking to enable the future potential of quantum technologies and will in the future also consider educational possibilities beyond the traditional Master’s programmes, exploiting our strong traditions for interdisciplinary research and education as exemplified by iNANO.

By continuing and further strengthening our highly collaborative efforts within Quantum Technologies Research, we strive to

  • Enable application of Quantum Technology for solving major societal challenges, such as the green and digital transition (“twin transition”).
  • Application of quantum computers for predicting future drugs and materials
  • Educate and train tomorrow’s quantum specialists.