Welcome to KSQM

Quantum matter comprises systems with prevailing quantum phenomena. Inventions and innovations involving quantum matter will eventually result in the development of a quantum technology – the allegedly disruptive key technology of the 21st century. Research on quantum matter flourishes worldwide. It encompasses a large variety of concepts and phenomena which challenge our basic understanding of condensed matter, and, at the same time, it paves the way towards the development of future quantum technologies.

In order to complement this flurry of research activities as well as to coordinate the doctoral training of young scientists at the KIT, Graduate School of Quantum Matter (KSQM) was founded in 2021 within the framework of the “Excellent University” funding program. It is embedded in the KIT Center Materials in Technical and Life Sciences (MaTeLiS). The School particularly addresses the needs of doctoral researchers in the Focus Field "Quantum Materials for Quantum Technologies".

Quantum Technologies were identified to be a research focus in the Excellence Strategy concept of the KIT “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association | Living the Change”. The aim of KSQM is to reflect this research focus in the educational efforts at KIT and to prepare students and doctoral researchers for the quantum revolution. It is an incubator for the next generation of researchers as well as industrial actors in quantum technology and, more generally, in the field of quantum matter.

KSQM receives funding from CRC/TRR288 Elastic Tuning and Response of Electronic Quantum Phases of Matter (2020-2024) that includes 8 principal investigators from KIT, EU-funded research network Hydrotronics (2019-2023) that concentrates on quantum transport in ultrapure materials, and Helmholtz research field Information POF4 (2021-2027), for which KSQM provides excellent and interdisciplinary qualification training for doctoral researchers.

ESSQSTAndris Erglis
European Summer School in Quantum Science and Technology

The European Summer School in Quantum Science and Technology has taken place in Durbach from Sept 17th to 22nd, 2023. It was jointly organized by the KIT Graduate School of Quantum Matter (KSQM) for doctoral researchers in quantum science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT); QUSTEC, an international doctoral training program of Universities in Switzerland, France and Germany; as well as EFEQT, an European training program for Master students supported by the Quantum Flagship initiative.

The summer school constisted of lectures in cutting-edge research in quantum science with a focus on creating, controlling and manipulating quantum systems for quantum technologies. The event started with a grand opening on Sunday, Sept 17th, 3 days of the scientific lectures by invited speakers all over the world, one big session of "Meeting the Industry", a group hike in Black Forest and a Campus/Lab Tour at KIT on Friday. This Summer School brought together 74 participants from 21 universities across the whole Europe for exchange, and provided an interesting insight into various topics across the broad field of quantum science and technologies and boosted networking opportunities between junior and senior researchers and industry representatives.

Gender & Career Event

On 08.11.2023 the Graduate Schools “Karlsruhe School of Quantum Matter (KSQM)”, “Helmholtz Incubator Data Science School for Health (HIDSS4Health)” and “BioInterfaces International Graduate School (BIF-IGS)” together with the Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) organized a Gender & Career Event with Prof. Yolita Eggeler and Prof. Jasmin Aghassi. Registration was open for female scientists after graduation only and resulted in 56 registered participants.

The event started with a presentation by Prof. Yolita Eggeler about her way to a now tenure-track professorship at the Laboratory for Electron Microscopy (LEM). This talk was followed by another presentation by Prof. Jasmin Aghassi describing her career between industry and academia to a full W3-professorship at the INT.

In a third presentation Nicole Merkle gave us insight into the topic of “Power Abuse in Science” followed by a lively discussion with the participants of the event.

The event ended with some networking and discussions between the participants of the event.

Coordinator of KSQM

Dr. Yu Goldscheider
Institute of Theoretical Solid State Physics (TFP)

Office: Room 11.03, CS 30.23

Tel:     0721 608-46030

Email: ksqm does-not-exist.kit edu