The world’s first "International Max Planck Partnership", established in 2013 between five Scottish Universities and five German Max Planck Institutes, supports research around the theme of ‘Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit’ (MOQL).

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27-29th August 2014 at St. Andrews University

This workshop will bring together world-leading scientists working in the areas of quantum materials, topologically-protected states and quantum computation, to discuss the potential for exploiting condensed matter systems for future quantum technologies.

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One of the outstanding mysteries of modern solid state physics is why certain materials conduct electricity without any energy losses at temperatures even above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen (at -196°C, colder than anywhere in nature). While still a rather low temperature compared to ambient conditions, it is an effect not captured by conventional wisdom. Researchers affiliated with the newly founded IMPP based at St Andrews and Stuttgart are working on solving this riddle since the discovery of the so-called high temperature superconductors 30 years ago.

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IMPP researchers discuss the future of navigation, earth science and ultrafast timing.

Atomic clocks are accurate - but not accurate enough for testing fundamental physics principles, precision measurements of space-time and developing high precision seismic sensors for earthquake predictions. Instead measurement technologies based on light provide promising future solutions.

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