Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler is heading QUANTUM, in the Institut  für Physik at the Universtät Mainz as a leading expert in the implementation of state-of-the-art ion trapping techniques with applications in quantum computing and simulation, with more than 150 publications in the field of quantum optics. His research group counts 24 members, postdocs, PhD and Master and bachelor students. He is PI of the cluster of excellence PRISMA and was former spokesperson of the quantum optics division of the physical society of Germany, and coordinator/member of several European and national research projects. He has studied Physics in Bochum, Bonn and Munich (LMU Munich), graduating with a Diploma thesis on the one-atom maser with H. Walther. He obtained his PhD title for his work on precision spectroscopy with Nobel laureate T. Hänsch at the Max Planck Institut für Quantenoptik in Munich and obtained the Helmholtz Preis of the PTB.

As a PostDoc with Nobel laureate S. Haroche at Ecole Normal Superieure at Paris, he worked on cavity quantum electrodynamics. As assistant to R. Blatt in Innsbruck, he accomplished several breakthroughs in the field of quantum computing with trapped ions. He was the first to teleport material quantum bits in an elementary ion quantum processor for which he was awarded the Rudolf Kaiser prize. He is among the leaders in fabrication and operation of ion chips towards a scalable processor. Research themes include various applications of quantum technologies: scalable ion trap quantum computing and quantum sensing, non-linear statistical mechanics with Coulomb crystals, Rydberg ions, cavity-QED experiments with single trapped ions, studies of anti-matter gravity with anti-H, single ion deterministic sources and solid state quantum processing with color centers in Diamond.

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