Quantum computers (Catalyst 1)

In CAT-1 of the Quantum Delta NL program, several quantum computers with different base technologies are developed by the different participants of the program in the Netherlands. These quantum computers will be accessible through a national interface, called Quantum Inspire. Quantum Inspire is led by TNO.

At the TU/e the effort in quantum computing for the quantum delta program focuses on the subject of cold atom quantum computers and simulators. This is achieved by capturing single (strontium) atoms in laser beams using the optical tweezer technique. Another laser beam cools the atom, after which the atom is operated as a qubit using interaction with yet more lasers. This method is a promising way to create a quantum computer, since it is highly scalable and does not rely on nano-structured, manufactured qubits such as superconducting flux qubits. This development is performed in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

The CAT-1 efforts under the quantum delta program are led by Servaas Kokkelmans.

Aside from the efforts for the quantum delta program, we are also developing qubit technology using different methodologies:

  • Spin-based quantum computers on a SiGe platform and topological qubits. These efforts are led by Erik Bakkers.
  • Quantum simulators based on an interacting trapped ion platform, led by Rianne Lous