Quarate project team

In this joint innovation project in the field of quantum technologies, a network of four partners from Germany, each with a commercial or scientific-technical background, was formed. This constellation of core competencies and experiences, in which each individual makes a significant contribution, forms a promising basis in order to bring QUARATE forward together.

Below you will find further information on each partner, their tasks and individual project goals.


German Aerospace Center (DLR)


The DLR, a German non-profit aerospace technology research institute, is one of the scientific and technical partners in the "QUARATE" project. Based on its theoretical and practical expertise in research, development, construction, and operation of innovative radar systems, DLR will be mainly focus on quantum signal processing and the preparation of quantum radar application scenarios.

Moreover, the DLR’s treasure trove of experience enables critical assessments about specific application scenarios in which a possible quantum advantage would justify any considerable additional efforts related to the underlying, but still highly complex circuit technology.


As a globally recognized research institution, the primary goals are in particular the new and continuous development of processes and potential expansions of existing applications in the field of microwave remote sensing and radar. The DLR’s project scope addresses this by building a bridge between the basic laboratory world of quantum physics and the experimental world of engineering. This should enable trials under real application scenario conditions.

Project Manager: Dr. Markus Peichl | DLR, Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik und Radarsysteme


Technical University of Munich (TUM)


The Technical University of Munich (TUM) with its solid expertise in signal processing theory and operator theory, is essentially contributing to this project with preliminary work on quantum effects at both circuit and system level in high-frequency nanoelectronics.

Their valuable contribution lies in the elaboration of the most important theoretical aspects of a quantum radar, as well as in identifying possible areas of application. Bundled in a roadmap, this provides the fundament for all experimental sub-areas of the project.


The aim of TUM is to build a bridge between physics and engineering in the field of quantum technologies. Currently available theoretical work and underlying physical research are not yet sufficient for a technical implementation. The preparation of the theory and a corresponding roadmap pave the way for a applicable implementation of a quantum radar.

Project manager: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Utschick | Technische Universität München


Walther-Meißner-Institut (WMI)


The WMI is a research institute of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, specialized in low temperature physics. Its highly relevant competencies for QUARATE include many years of experience in multiple areas such as: development of cryotechnology, development, manufacturing and measurement of superconducting quantum circuits, and generation, manipulation and measurement of propagating quantum microwaves.

The WMI will support and supervise the project, and in particular R&S, through the essential transfer of know-how in the field of quantum microwaves and superconducting quantum circuits, as well as through the provision of the required laboratories and cryostats.

The tasks of the WMI mainly focus on the production and characterization of the superconducting circuits. Those are required for the generation and detection of quantum signals, as well as for the implementation of the overall setup. This is essential for demonstrating a quantum radar under laboratory conditions and for paving the way for an applicable implementation in the future.


The scientific and technical goals of the WMI are closely interwoven with those of R&S. They particularly refer to the production, characterization, and integration of the superconducting circuits that are required for building a radar with a quantum advantage. All components for setting up the quantum radar experiment in a laboratory will be assembled together with R&S.

From a scientific partner‘s perspective, QUARATE promises an excellent starting position in the field of quantum technology for computing, communication and sensor technology with microwaves. Accordingly, the WMI’s existing know-how can be significantly expanded.

Project Manager: Priv.-Doz. Dr. habil. Frank Deppe | Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Walther-Meißner-Institut

Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz


Rohde & Schwarz develops, manufactures, and sells a wide range of electronic capital goods for industry, infrastructure operators, and sovereign customers. Rohde & Schwarz is one of the technology and market leaders in all of its operational fields.

In its role as project coordinator and commercial industrial partner in the QUARATE project, Rohde & Schwarz builds and characterizes the quantum microwave receiver with components manufactured by the WMI. These are assembled in the laboratory environment provided by the WMI. The required quantum know-how will be provided from the scientific and technical partners.


The scientific and technical goals of Rohde & Schwarz are closely interwoven with those of the WMI. These relate specifically to the setup and characterization of a radar quantum receiver and its integration into the overall structure.

Rohde & Schwarz has consistently placed itself in markets of high future growth potential. With a view to further developing the product range of test and measurement electronics in a rapidly growing market worldwide, it is another goal of Rohde & Schwarz to define the corresponding product requirements. This relates to signal generation and measurement technology for quantum technologies with superconducting circuits in general and for the quantum radar, in particular.

Project Manager: Dr. Gerd Hechtfischer | Senior Director Microwave Development

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