Universität Wien

The University of Vienna was founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365. It is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in Central Europe.

Currently, about 92,500 students are enrolled at the University of Vienna. 187 courses can be taken, of which 55 are Bachelor Programmes, 116 Master Programmes, 4 Diploma Programmes and 12 PhD Programmes. With 9,500 employees, 6,700 of whom are scientists and academics, the University of Vienna is the largest teaching and research institution in Austria.

Physics at the University of Vienna is focused on fundamental research with an open eye for and competencies in applications, innovations and physics education. Work is performed on a large diversity of scientific questions with a structural emphasis on topics related to;

  • Complex Nanoscale Matter
  • Computational Physics
  • Gravitational and Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and the Environment
  • Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information
  • Theoretical Particle Physics

The faculty has been awarded many prestigious research grants by the European Research Council (ERC) as well as by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).



About the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ)

The “Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology” (VCQ) is a joint initiative of the University of Vienna, the Vienna University of Technology, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, which unites quantum physicists of Vienna’s research institutions in one collaborative center. The VCQ sets new standards for research and teaching through its unique spectrum of research topics – from fundamental quantum physics to novel quantum technologies.

The Vienna Doctoral Program on Complex Quantum Systems (CoQuS) is a training center for more than 40 students who are selected from an international pool of applicants, based on their academic excellence, scientific success and ambition. Research in CoQuS covers experimental and theoretical quantum physics.



Current Research

Prof. Markus Aspelmeyer

The group of Prof. Markus Aspelmeyer is part of the Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information division of the Faculty of Physics and a member of the VCQ. The main research objective of the  group is to investigate quantum effects of nano- and microscale systems and their implications for the foundations and applications of quantum physics. The goal is to gain access to a completely new parameter regime for experimental physics with respect to both size and complexity.