The 2020 APS March Meeting was cancelled due to health concerns relating to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The presentations of the Quantum Device Lab group members Simon Storz, Christian Kraglund Andresen, Ants Remm and Johannes Herrman were uploaded on the Virtual March Meeting platform.
The Swiss Federal Councilor Parmelin announced the launching of 6 new National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR), including the NCCR "Spin" in which our group is involved.
Under the leadership of Prof. Richard Warburton, University of Basel, the NCCR "SPIN" aims to make a major contribution to the development of quantum computers and create the basis for a new information-processing technology. The objective is to develop small, fast, scalable silicon-based qubits. It will also generate important findings on software and algorithm development, error correction and the architecture of future quantum computers.
The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) supports the NCCR "SPIN" with CHF 17 million in the first funding phase from 2020 to 2023.
In the second round of ETH+ the Executive Board decided to financially support the initiative ETH Centre for Quantum Science and Technology. The planned Centre will pool the quantum research activities across the engineering and natural sciences at ETH as well as the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI to strengthen this field at the national level. There are also plans to establish a joint professorship with PSI for experimental quantum technology as well as a professorship for quantum information at the Department of Computer Science.
Congragulations to Sebastian Krinner for receiving the Lopez-Loreta Prize 2018, and with it a five-year research grant worth 1 million Euros.
Ten international partners from academia and industry - including the Quantum Device Lab - will collaborate in a unique research endeavour to build a hybrid high-performance quantum computer. The new EU project OpenSuperQ (An Open Superconducting Quantum Computer), under the coordination of Saarland University, is part of the large-scale FET Flagship Initiative on Quantum Technologies. This unprecedented €1 billion initiative is funded by the European Commission and brings together experienced partners from across the EU.