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Quantum Theory of Materials (PGI-1)

We calculate and analyse the complex structural, electronic, magnetic and transport quantities of quantum materials — for fundamental research and practical applications 


Theoretical Nanoelectronics (PGI-2)

The quantum mechanical nature of matter is the basis of all functioning of electronic devices, and can be the basis of a new form of information processing.

Scanning Tunneling Hydrogen Microscopy

Quantum Nanoscience (PGI-3)

We investigate the physics and chemistry of surfaces and interfaces, focussing in particular on their nanostructure and their functionality.


Quantum Materials and Collective Phenomena (JCNS-2/PGI-4)

We develop and use scattering techniques to understand the structural and magnetic order, fluctuations and excitations in magnetic systems and in highly correlated electron systems at the atomic level.


Microstructure Research (PGI-5) / Physics of Nanoscale Systems (ER-C-1)

Development of new procedures for understanding material properties on the atomic level with a special focus on ultrahigh resolution electron microscopy techniques.


Electronic Properties (PGI-6)

We explore the interrelations between electronic structure and physical properties like magnetism and magnetic phenomena, e.g. by applying synchrotron radiation techniques.


Electronic Materials (PGI-7)

We do research together with our partner institute at RWTH Aachen University for the nanoelectronic of the future. For this, we investigate electronic phenomena in oxides and electronically active organic molecules.


Quantum Control (PGI-8)

Our institute combines techniques from quantum optimal control with applications in few- and many-body systems for the development of quantum technologies.


Semiconductor Nanoelectronics (PGI-9)

The institute investigates fundamental problems in semiconductor physics and in semiconductor materials.


JARA-Institute Green IT (PGI-10)

We develop novel devices and architecture concepts for merging logic and storage components on computer chips. The institute bring together expertise from physics, nanotechnology and electrical engineering in Jülich and Aachen in order to combine ultra-low power logic with novel energy-efficient memristive devices at the nanometer-scale.


JARA-Institute Quantum Information (PGI-11)

Our institute pursues a diverse set of topics that further our theoretical understanding of electronic systems and devices at nano- and atomic scales, and the application of these small quantum systems to new forms of information processing.

Integraded Memristor-CMOS chip Performing analog, in-memory computing

Neuromorphic Compute Nodes (PGI-14)

We build circuits and hardware systems that take inspiration from biological information processing systems. Our goal is to construct more energy-efficient and capable hardware to help solve today’s most challenging computational problems. We seek to shed light on the underlying compute principles used by biology (brains) while inventing new ones of our own.

Mixed-Signal Neuromorphic Hardware Implements Soft State Machines

Neuromorphic Software Ecosystems (PGI-15)

We create neuromorphic computing technologies that learn and work like the brain by redesigning computer algorithms and computing architectures from the perspective of neuroscience and realization of dedicated circuits and devices.


Technical and Administrative Infrastructure (PGI/JCNS-TA and ICS-TA)

Our administrative staff provides advice and support in all matters concerning personnel, order processing, public relations and much more. Our engineers and mechanics work closely with scientists; our programmers and IT specialists offer technical advice, develop device drivers and control software as well as imaging techniques for real-time simulations.  PGI-1, -2, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8 and -11 are all supported by the Technical Services and Administration department PGI/JCNS-TA. PGI-3, -9 and -10 are supported by the