QuantERA Call 2017 Funded Projects

Spin-based nanolytics – Turning today’s quantum technology research frontier into tomorrow’s diagnostic devices

Thanks to their unmatched specificity, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy – jointly referred to as spin-based analytics – are tools of major importance in biology, chemistry, medicine and physics because they allow for the use of a spin (nuclear or electron) as an extremely sensitive, nanoscopic quantum probe of its electronic and magnetic environment inside a molecule.

Non-equilibrium dynamics in Atomic systems for QUAntum Simulation

Recent progress in various areas of physics has demonstrated our ability to control quantum effects in customized systems and materials, thus paving the way for a promising future for quantum technologies. The emergence of such quantum devices, however, requires one to understand fundamental problems in non-equilibrium statistical physics, which can pave the way towards full control of quantum systems, thus reinforcing new applications and providing innovative perspectives.

ORganic QUantum Integrated Devices

Our society relies on secure communication, powerful computers and precise sensors. Basic science has shown that huge improvements in these capabilities are possible if we can utilise many single quantum objects working in concert. We can then see how to store and process huge amounts of information in a fully secure way and how to make exquisitely sensitive measurements of fields and forces.

Scalable Electrically Read Diamond Spin Qubit Technology for Single Molecule Quantum Imagers

Ground-breaking progress in quantum metrology using NV diamond single spin qubits operating at room temperature led to imaging of single molecules carrying nuclear (1) or electron spin (2) and ultra-weak magnetic and electric fields (3)(4)(5). It is further anticipated that diamond quantum sensors will be one of the first quantum technology devices on the market, with applications in magnetic field sensing and sensors for medicine, biology, and chemistry.

Cavity-Enhanced Quantum Optical Clocks

The "Atomic Quantum Clock" is a milestone of the European Quantum Technologies Timeline. Q-Clocks seeks to establish a new frontier in the quantum measurement of time by joining state-of-the-art optical lattice clocks and the quantized electromagnetic field provided by an optical cavity. The goal of the project is to apply advanced quantum techniques to state-of-the-art optical lattice clocks, demonstrating enhanced sensitivity while preserving long coherence times and the highest accuracy.

Quantum Code Design and Architecture

General purpose quantum computers must follow a fault-tolerant design to prevent ubiquitous decoherence processes from corrupting computations. All approaches to fault-tolerance demand extra physical hardware to perform a quantum computation. Kitaev's surface, or toric,code is a popular idea that has captured the hearts and minds of many hardware developers, and has given many people hope that fault-tolerant quantum computation is a realistic prospect.

Quantum Technologies For LAttice Gauge theories

In the past decades, quantum technologies have been fast developing from proof-of-principle experiments to ready-to-the-market solutions; with applications in many different fields ranging from quantum sensing, metrology, and communication to quantum simulations. Recently, the study of gauge theories has been recognized as an unexpected field of application of quantum technologies.

Quantum algorithms and applications

During the 20th century, the development of information technologies had a huge impact not only on science but also on society as a whole. This unprecedented revolution revealed a need to improve the speed and efficiency of data processing, as well as to strive for better security and privacy. One ultimate limitation of current information processing models is that they assume a simplified representation of physics, relying on classical mechanics.