The road to Quantum Computing – A top researcher on the flat land




For decades, quantum mechanics was a theoretical discipline, but for several years we are at a level where we can actually test the theories. Before quantum effects, however, can also be used for scientific research, much remains to be invented in the field of hardware and software. Previously established in the Netherlands two institutes: QuTech, the end of 2013 in Delft, and QuSoft in Amsterdam end of 2015. Tweakers joined by both institutes.

QuSoft focuses on software for quantum computers, such as the development of new protocols, algorithms and applications. We talked with director Harry Buhrman, also head of the research group Algorithms and Complexity of Mathematics and Computer Science and a professor at the University of Amsterdam. “Perhaps the biggest challenge is to combine disciplines such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and biology in the field of quantum computing,” said Buhrman. “All these disciplines have to collaborate in one way or another.”

In biology, a quantum computer could be useful, for example to mimic cellular processes. Because quantum computing transcends so many disciplines, is a center founded with the name QuSoft, located at the Science Park Amsterdam.

Kouwenhoven Lab Fridges QuTech For the simulation of the processes is also required hardware. Which hardware must be cooled to near absolute zero -273.15 degrees Celsius to eliminate environmental influences. To examine the hardware, such as the development of a quantum computer and quantum Internet, in the Netherlands, among other QuTech created.

At QuTech in Delft we sat at the table with Koen Bertels, Head of the Computer Engineering Laboratory, and Anouschka Versleijen, program director of QuTech. We also got a tour of the QuTech lab itself on the TU Delft campus. This led us, among other things in one of the two labs of Ronald Hanson, where it was recently proven that quantum teleportation of information without wicket holes is working ; the state of nature to correlations that can not exist without quantum entanglement.


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