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Quantum Flagship

Quantum Flagship

The Quantum Flagship is one of the most ambitious long-term research and innovation initiatives of the European Commission. The large-scale initiative, which will be financed with € 1 billion over a period of 10 years, started in October 2018. It brings together research institutions, universities, companies and political actors and supports large-scale as well as long-term research projects. The aim is to consolidate and expand European scientific leadership and excellence in this research area, to trigger a competitive European industry in quantum technologies and to make Europe a dynamic and attractive region for innovative research, business and investment in this field.

More than 5,000 researchers from science and industry are involved. In its first phase, the initiative will be funding 20 research projects. Forschungszentrum Jülich contributes its expertise to three projects.

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A European quantum computer

Ten partners from science and industry are involved in the OpenSuperQ project. By 2021, they will develop and build a European quantum computer at Forschungszentrum Jülich – the first quantum computer of this level and world leader among comparable systems. The computer is intended to enable computing with 100 superconducting qubits and, above all, to accelerate the simulation of processes in chemistry and material sciences, as well as machine learning, which is a branch of artificial intelligence. Scientists from all over the world are planned to have open access via a cloud.

Quantum sensors and quantum simulation

Jülich scientists are involved in two more projects as part of the Quantum Flagship:

ASTERIQS will use flaws in the crystal lattice of diamonds to develop powerful quantum sensor technology, for example for the electric car industry and for lab-on-chip nuclear magnetic resonance for early detection of diseases.

In the PASQuanS project, new approaches to simulations are to be found in order to be able to work on questions, such as in statistical physics and materials research, in a new way. Within the scope of the project, European scientists are working, among other things, on experiments for the targeted manipulation of cold atoms in order to investigate the properties of complex quantum materials.