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Research School FIT

Future Information Technologies

FIT is a research school, hosted by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie in cooperation with FU Berlin, TU Berlin and University of Potsdam. The research school is member of Dahlem Research School (DRS) and provides a structured program for doctoral researchers in physics to establish an innovative network for young researchers working in the field of future information technologies.

Research focus

This research school performs fundamental research in various different subject areas of relevance to information technologies. The research takes a long-term approach, from the study of new materials, phenomena and methods in condensed matter physics, to developing an understanding of novel physical processes, and how these can be manipulated and assessed for their potential for applications. A central theme of the school is the investigation of topological quantum systems such as exotic spin states with fractional excitations or topological (crystalline) insulators. For example, quantum computers require qubits that are long-lived and stable against decoherence. Such properties can arise in topological systems where competing and frustrated particles emerge in the absence of broken symmetries.

The research school integrates these topics together and provides a unified structure and scientific environment for doctoral researchers working in subjects relevant to future information technologies. It brings together doctoral researchers and supervisors from HZB and universities in the Berlin area who approach these scientific problems from a range of different theoretical and experimental techniques so that the graduates can draw on a wider pool of knowledge and expertise than is available within their research group alone.