I am a researcher working on experimental quantum physics with trapped ions at the University of Innsbruck.

We are investigating a physical platform that might host a future quantum computer - Trapped atomic ions. The basis for our processor is a string of individual atoms where the information is stored in their internal state. We confine ionized Calcium atoms and manipulate their state with laser pulses. State-of-the art quantum information processors with trapped ions can manipulate up to approximately 50 qubits. Below is an image of a 55 ion quantum register from our EU flagship project AQTION.

In 2020, I have received an ERC starting grant to adapt quantum computing operations to polyatomic molecules within the QCosmo project. In particular, I plan to characterize and control ultrafast quantum processes in single trapped polyatomic molecules by coupling them to trapped atomic ions. Ultimately, we hope to exploit these quantum effects in molecules as a versatile foundation for future quantum technologies.

I am currently looking for motivated PhD students and PostDocs to join me on this scientific journey. If you are interested in coming to Innsbruck, contact me.


Research interests

We are developing a trapped ion quantum computer, where each qubit is stored in a single atom. In our experiments, we trap single atomic ions in Paul traps and manipulate their internal states with laser light. My current research interests can be divided into:

Quantum algorithms

segmented trap

We are investigating the basic operations that will be the building blocks future quantum computers based on trapped atomic ions. We create exotic entangled quantum states and perform small-scale quantum algorithms in quantum registers with more than 10 qubits… More

Scalable quantum architectures

We use the knowledge of implementing algorithms as the basis for developing quantum computing architectures that will be capable of controlling more than a hundred qubits. In collaboration with Infineon technologies, we are fabricating and testing the building blocks of such an architecture in an industrial setting… More

Quantum control of single molecules


Molecules show a much richer internal structure than atoms and offer thus complex quantum dynamics that are not fully understood. Within the QCosmo project, we will use the control techniques that we have developed for single atomic ions to characterize and control ultrafast dynamics in single molecular ionsMore

Current research projects


Advanced Quantum computing with Trapped IONs. Our contribution to the European quantum flagship, supported by the H2020 programme.


Automated quantum computing with variational algorithms. Supported by the the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)


Quantum Information Systems Beyond Classical Capabilities, a special research programme from the Austrian science fund (FWF).


The LogiQ Program seeks to overcome the limitations of current multi-qubit systems by building a logical qubit from a number of imperfect physical qubits


Portable Ion Devices for Mobile-Oriented Next-generation semiconductor Technologies. Supported by the H2020 FET programme in collaboration with Infineon technologies and IVEFS.


Quantum characterization and control of single molecules. A project to transfer the tools for quantum information processing to the world of polyatomic molecules.

Recent Publications

A full list of my publications can be found on my Google scholar profile

Entangling logical qubits with lattice surgery

The development of quantum computing architectures from early designs and current noisy devices to fully fledged quantum computers …

Experimental deterministic correction of qubit loss

The successful operation of quantum computers relies on protecting qubits from decoherence and noise, which—if uncorrected—will lead to …

Characterizing large-scale quantum computers via cycle benchmarking

Quantum computers promise to solve certain problems more efficiently than their digital counterparts. A major challenge towards …

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