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Quantum Technology Competence Center (QTZ)

The recently established quantum technology competence center (QTZ) at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt will provide an important basis for the industrial development of quantum technology. PTB combines internationally recognized, professional Opens external link in new windowcompetence in the field of quantum metrology and sensor technology with the mission to support industry in metrology as a governmental body. It has the prerequisites to operate and build important infrastructures as required and to offer the necessary services. The central goal of QTZ is to support business - with a special focus on start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises - in the transfer of quantum technology from basic research into application. The QTZ complements the existing research and development skills and services with a focus on the evolving needs of the economy and active technology transfer. 

The QTZ focuses on four main areas of action to achieve these goals: It aims to promote the development of user-friendly and robust QT demonstrators and components, to ensure quality in QT through service and certification, and to provide user facilities 

that are accessible to external partners from industry and academia. In addition, QTZ will offer hands-on training and seminars for quantum technology and support start-ups. Another important aspect is communicating the possibilities and limits of QT to the public.

Thanks to the leading position of PTB in many research areas of quantum physics and in particular quantum sensors and metrology, QTZ can build on a broad range of expertise and infrastructure in quantum technology. In particular, the work of the QTZ focuses on the following main topics:

  1. Electrical quantum metrology
  2. Quantum metrology for time and frequency, quantum computers and quantum simulation
  3. Quantum sensing of magnetic fields
  4. Quantum communication, quantum cryptography and quantum radiometry