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German Research Foundation Funds New Research Unit at Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Jens Eisert Leads New Group to Study Quantum Thermodynamics

№ 178/2018 from Jul 04, 2018

At Freie Universität a new Research Unit will be funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The Research Unit will study “Thermal Machines in the Quantum World.” The spokesperson is Professor Dr. Jens Eisert at the Department of Physics. The new group is one of five newly approved Research Units.

The scientists working in the new research group are investigating whether so-called quantum machines can be more efficient than traditional machines. They want to explore the conceptual limits of quantum thermodynamics and create different platforms that can exploit quantum properties. If experimental evidence proves that the theoretically predicted effects also occur in practice, it could contribute to the development of new cooling techniques.

DFG Research Units are intended to enable scientists to address current and pressing issues in their fields of expertise and to establish new research directions. Centres for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences are a special type of funding instrument specifically tailored to the working methods used in these particular fields. The maximum funding time for Research Units is two three-year periods. Centres for Advanced Studies can be funded twice for four years. During the first funding period, the seven new networks – five Research Units and two Centres for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences – will receive a total of around 26 million euros. According to the DFG, the organization currently funds 192 research groups altogether.


Prof. Dr. Jens Eisert, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Physics, Eisert Group on Quantum Many-body Theory, Quantum Information Theory, and Quantum Optics, Tel. (Sec.): +49 30 838-58271, Email: jense@zedat.fu-berlin.de