Member: DESY

DESY is one of the world’s leading particle accelerator centres and investigates the structure and function of matter – from the interaction of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of novel nanomaterials and vital biomolecules to the great mysteries of the universe. The particle accelerators and detectors that DESY develops and builds at its locations in Hamburg and Zeuthen are unique research tools. They generate the most intense X-ray radiation in the world, accelerate particles to record energies and open up new windows onto the universe. DESY is a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany’s largest scientific association, and receives its funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (90 per cent) and the German federal states of Hamburg and Brandenburg (10 per cent).

The novel Quantum Technologies have the potential to enhance and enable cutting-edge science in all areas of DESY’s research as well as in interdisciplinary and industrial cooperations. DESY has crucial and complementary competences in various Quantum Technology aspects and aims at advancing  progress in academic and industrial applications.
Therefore it is envisaged to found a Center for Quantum Technology Applications (CQTA) comprising three pillars: Quantum Computing applications in complex calculations and  Quantum Machine Learning, research with DESY’s unique photon facilities for optimal Quantum Materials and novel devices, Quantum Sensing as an evolving as well as an applied technology enabling never precedent accuracy in experiments and technical applications.


Solving complex physics and mathematical calculations, Simulations, Big Data handling and analysis and more applications.
Development of novel Quantum Materials and solid-state-based Quantum Devices.
Enabling and application of novel Quantum Sensing.


R&D services in the fields:

  • Quantum Computing:
    • Complex calculations in theoretical applications
    • Simulations
    • QML Applications in various facets
    • Noise mitigation
    • Quantum Circuit expressivity
  • Research with brilliant Photon sources for the characterization and optimization of Quantum Materials for the long-term development of reliable solid-state-based Quantum Technology devices
  • Quantum Sensing as enabling and applied technology


Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Notkestraße 86
22607 Hamburg

Center of Quantum Technology Application

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Borras

Dr. Karl Jansen