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Die Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), das nationale Metrologie-Institut Deutschlands, hat die Quantenphysik mit aus der Taufe gehoben und trägt heute weiter mit Ihrer Forschung maßgeblich zur Entwicklung der Quantentechnologie bei. Das Quantentechnologie-Kompetenzzentrum (QTZ) bündelt diese Expertise und Infrastruktur für die Erschließung von Anwendungen mit wirtschaftlichem Potential. Mit dem jetzt bewilligten Zukunftscluster QVLS-iLabs bekommt die Zusammenarbeit mit der Industrie einen massiven Schub.

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Quantentechnologien und insbesondere Quantencomputer zählen zu den disruptivsten Technologien des 21. Jahrhunderts, da sie das Potential haben, mithilfe quantenmechanischer Effekte zuvor nicht zugängliche Anwendungen zu erschließen. Die weltweite Entwicklung in diesem Bereich braucht jedoch ein starkes Fundament: die Metrologie – die Wissenschaft vom Messen. Hier spielen insbesondere die nationalen Metrologieinstitute (NMI) – in Deutschland ist das die Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) – eine entscheidende Rolle. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt ein am 12. Juli 2022 in der Fachzeitschrift Nature Physics veröffentlichter Kommentar. 

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Auf der Hannover Messe 2022, die dieses Jahr vom 30. Mai bis zum 2. Juni stattfindet, präsentieren die Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) und die Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) die Initiative Qualitätsinfrastruktur (QI)-Digital. An zwei praxisnahen Beispielen – Wasserstofftankstelle und additive Fertigungskette – können Besucherinnen und Besucher erleben, wie eine moderne digitale QI zu einer verbesserten Qualitätssicherung, neuen Sicherheitsstandards und mehr Wirtschaftlichkeit beiträgt. Die Initiative QI-Digital wird finanziell vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK) unterstützt.

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Awards

Volker Wittstock

Volker Wittstock, a scientist from Department 1.7 Acoustics and Dynamics, was named an honorary professor by the Faculty for Mechanical Engineering of the TU Braunschweig in recognition of his many years of commitment as a lecturer on the subject of acoustics.

Lena Ruwe

Lena Ruwe, a researcher in Department 3.7 Fundamentals of Explosion Protection, received the Jürgen Warnatz Prize from the German Section of the Combustion Institute (which has its headquarters in Pittsburgh, USA) for her outstanding achievements in the field of combustion and especially for the experimental investigation of combustion processes.

Hayo Zutz

Hayo Zutz, a scientist from- Department 6.3 Radiation Protection Dosimetry, received the IEC 1906 Award from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to honor his exceptional contributions to the field of standardization.

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Calidena

An initiative called “Calidena” (a blend of the Spanish words “calidad”, quality, and “cadena”, chain) is supporting developing countries and countries in transition in improving their quality infrastructure – especially in the agrarian sector – for 18 months. Through its participative approach, this initiative which was launched at PTB brings together producers, buyers, trade chambers, government representatives and QI service providers (metrology, standardization, conformity assessment and accreditation). (Contact: Carl Felix Wolff, +49 531 592-9340, Opens local program for sending emailcalidena(at)ptb.de, Opens external link in new windowwww.calidena.ptb.de)

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The nationwide joint project titled QSolid intends to develop a collaboration platform for a quantum computer based on superconducting circuits within the next five years. It is also planned that a demonstrator system will be set up within this context. For this project, PTB’s work will include developing particularly low-noise, next-generation superconducting and methods to improve the control over superconducting qubits.. Building on this, calibration services are to be created that can be utilized by industry partners at PTB’s Quantum Technology Competence Center. A total of 25 partners are involved in the QSolid project which is being coordinated by Forschungszentrum Jülich. The project budget amounts to 76.3 million euros; 89.8 % of the funding is being provided by the BMBF. (Contact: Lukas Grünhaupt, +49 531 592-9453, Opens local program for sending emaillukas.gruenhaupt(at)ptb.de)

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In biomedical research and clinical care, it is becoming ever more important to detect biomarkers (pathogenic proteins and cells) quantitatively in order to understand systemic processes or to make decisions as regards diagnostics and therapy.

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The former President of PTB, Prof. Dr. Joachim Ullrich, passed the baton to Prof. Dr. Cornelia Denz on 1 May 2022. She is the first female president in PTB’s more than 135-year history. Before taking on this post, Cornelia Denz headed the Institute of Applied Physics at the Westfälische Wilhelms- Universität Münster for seven years. Because she has been a member of the “Kuratorium” (Advisory Board) for many years, she is already very familiar with PTB. After leading PTB for ten years, Joachim Ullrich will take up a new position as the president of the German Physical Society (DPG).

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The ability to measure even the smallest grip forces, in particular for the nondestructive handling and manipulation of highly sensitive materials such as biological cells, is indispensable in medical research and the pharmaceutical industry.

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