The discovery of quantum mechanics fundamentally changed the scientific world view in the 20th century. The theoretical understanding and experimental investigations of quantum mechanical systems are so advanced now that it can be assumed that disruptive quantum technology-based innovations will emerge in the 21st century. In recent years, quantum researchers have achieved a number of scientific breakthroughs. They are now able to specifically create exotic quantum states, manipulate them and demonstrate their application potential in pioneering experiments. Decision-makers from science, politics and business speak of a "second quantum revolution" in which quantum technology will become the key technology of the modern information society.
In March 2018, the new Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project QUILT (Quantum Methods for Advanced Imaging Solutions) was launched in Berlin. The letters represent a consortium of six Fraunhofer institutes and partners from science and industry who work closely together in the field of quantum research and thus combine their scientific expertise and extensive knowledge of the market.