OSTA attends the Micius Quantum Prize Ceremony at the USTC

Three Austrian quantum experts winning the prize

Photo: Prof. Zeilinger as one of the laureates

18 September 2019 – The International Conference on Emerging Quantum Technology (ICEQT 2019) was held from 15 to 20 September at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), in the city of Hefei. At the afternoon on 18 September, the Micius Quantum Prize for promoting emerging quantum technologies, recognizing significant science advance ranging from the early conceptual contributions to the recent experimental breakthroughs, was awarded to the laureates, including three Austrian scientists, Prof. Rainer Blatt, Prof. Peter Zoller, Prof. Anton Zeilinger and Austrian alumni Prof. Jianwei Pan. Max Pfeiler, deputy director of OSTA, attended the prize ceremony at invitation of the local organizing committee.

The Micius Quantum Prize’s laureates 2018 and 2019 were announced at the same time. The 2018 laureates for theory category included Prof. Peter Zoller for the outstanding theoretical contributions that enabled the scalable implementations of quantum information processing, such as quantum computation with trapped ions, quantum simulation with ultracold atoms, and quantum repeaters; Prof. Rainer Blatt won the experimental category prizes 2018 for his pioneering experimental work on the realizations of quantum logic gates, multiparticle entanglement, quantum simulation and quantum computing algorithms using trapped ions. The experimental category prize 2019 went to Prof. Anton Zeilinger and Prof. Jianwei Pan for their groundbreaking experiments in multi-photon interferometry and free-space quantum transmission that enabled practically secure and large-scale quantum communications.

The excellent results of awarding the prize show the outstanding development of Austria in the field of quantum technologies. OSTA has built up a fruitful science communication relationship with the USTC.