Government invests 135 million euros in quantum computers




The government will spend the next ten years with various research institutions 135 million for the development of quantum computers. The investment is intended to strengthen the position of the Dutch institute for quantum technology, QuTech,.

It says the government Monday on its website. The agreement was signed Monday between representatives of TU Delft, TNO, NWO, Topsector HTSM and Ministers Kamp and Bussemaker. The government assumes that gets more interesting by the financing guarantee from the government QuTech for private investors.

In QuTech in Delft is working a small group of scientists led by Leo Kouwenhoven. The goal is to build from the number of connected scientists in five years to about two hundred. The researchers are working on the further evolution of technology and more practical applications, such as data security.

QuTech currently working on the “quantum Internet, a network connected by optical circuits of small quantum processors. The quantum internet has two applications that catch the eye, such as a safe way of communicating and connecting quantum computers. Initially a rudimentary quantum internet should be rolled which connects The Hague, Delft and Leiden.

The government has appointed QuTech one of the four National Icons. The National Icons get tailored support from the government. QuTech get several years of financial support from Microsoft for basic research.


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