Rupert Ursin

Group Leader
Ursin Group

Deputy Director
IQOQI Vienna

(+ 43) 664 8847 6595

Office Location
Boltzmanngasse 3, A-1090 Vienna
Fourth floor, Room 4.10

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Rupert Ursin is a group leader and senior scientist at the IQOQI. His main field of research is to develop quantum communication and quantum information processing technologies, mainly for free-space, but also for fibre-based systems. The scope of his work ranges from near term engineering solutions for secure key sharing (quantum cryptography) to more speculative research (de-coherence of entangled states in gravitational fields). Experiments on quantum communication and teleportation using entangled photon pairs is also among his interests, with the long- term goal of a future global quantum network based on quantum repeaters. He has published more than 49 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals such as Science and Nature. He has been experimentally active in numerous international collaborations in Germany, Italy, Spain, USA as well as in Japan. To date, several of his publications were selected as yearly highlights by the British PhysicsWeb and others. In 2008, he received the Award for The Telecommunications Advancement Research Fellowship (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology NICT, Tokyo, Japan) and in 2010, the Christian-Doppler Prize. He has presented invited talks on original scientific results at more than 60 prestigious international conferences. He currently holds a guest professorship at the University of Science and Technology (USTC) in Shanghai, China.

Research interests

Research interests include fundamental physics experiments on topics related to quantum optics and quantum information and their applications. Focus on the development of technologies required to perform space-based experiments concerning quantum information technologies. Numerous project partners in various fields (academic as well as industrial) together with national space agencies and the European Space Agency (ESA) are involved in this project. Contacts to international collaborators in Japan, China and USA are important partners to perform quantum communication on a global scale.

  • Quantum Information science
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Space science
  • Space Technology

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