Our focus is on fundamental research in various different subject areas of relevance to information technologies. The research takes a long term approach, from the study of new materials, phenomena and methods in condensed matter physics, to developing an understanding of novel physical processes and how these can be manipulated and assessed for their potential for applications. A central theme is the investigation of topological quantum systems such as exotic spin states with fractional excitations or topological (crystalline) insulators. For example quantum computers require qubits that are long-lived and stable against decoherence.
The school brings together PhD students and supervisors from HZB and universities in the Berlin area who approach these scientific problems from a range of different theoretical and experimental techniques so that the graduates can draw on a wider pool of knowledge and expertise than is available within their research group alone.
Doctoral program financed by HZB and further external partners
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Technische Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam