Quantum mechanics provides, to date, the most accurate understanding of the microscopic world of atoms, molecules and photons allowing them to be in the superposition of two different, perfectly distinguishable configurations at the same time. However, the macroscopic world that is before our very own eyes doesn’t seem to respect quantum rules. Why is that so?

TEQ addresses such a fundamental quest from an innovative standpoint, supported by a € 4.4M grant awarded by the European Commission. The TEQ partners will develop new theoretical models and implement a test of the quantum superposition principle on macroscopic objects to establish the ultimate bounds to the validity of the quantum framework, if any.

Facts and Figures

Since January 2018, 97 scientific papers connected with the project have been published, among which 4 PRL, 1 Nature Physics and 2 Nature Communications. TEQ Consortium members have delivered 322 talks reaching more than 29.000 people in 30 different countries.

Moreover, TEQ-related news have been collected in 13 Newsletters and have been published in 56 press articles, among which an extended article on the New York Times Magazine. 

   Latest News and Activities

News - November, 2021

TEQ partners have won an EIC Pathfinder grant to to demonstrate the proof of concept of a levitated acceleration sensor and its ability detecting gravity of small masses in the quantum controlled regime.

News - October, 2021

TEQ featured on the Italian newspaper La Repubblica with a longform article in the science section.

News - October, 2021

As per request of the project partners, the project has been extended till June 2022.

News - October, 2021

With the aim to make quantum mechanics more accessible to the large public, a set of short lessons was published.