Finding new solutions: Quantum computing and quantum sensing for societal challenges
The IQST network provides unique tools and ideas to contribute to mission-driven interdisciplinary research for the benefit of society, with direct practical impact of quantum computing and quantum sensing in fields such as
Life sciences and clinical applications:
IQST aims at unravelling intricate biological phenomena, and at exploring the role of coherence in complex biological processes such as photosynthesis. Our aim is to advance metabolic and nanoscale MRI for precise molecular imaging in clinical applications, potentially enabling brain-machine interfaces, personalized medicine, and insights into brain and heart activity.
IQST aims at investigating how quantum technologies can contribute to sustainability. This includes exploring innovative, advanced materials with novel properties and applications, as well as integrating quantum computing with optimization techniques or machine learning. Additionally, IQST aims to simulate chemical processes that could lead e.g. to the development of more efficient batteries, further contributing to sustainability efforts.
IQST realises physical quantum computers on multiple platforms and pioneers innovative quantum software:
IQST brings together expertise in both the quantum-technology and quantum-software domain to address cross-disciplinary challenges such as the compilation of quantum algorithms on practical architectures while controlling and mitigating errors.
Photonic quantum computers:
IQST researchers are exploring the potential of photonic quantum computers, harnessing single photons and integrated photonics to process quantum information.
Spin-based quantum computers:
We are exploring the use of electron and nuclear spins for quantum computing, involving the design of coherent spin qubits and the use of advanced control techniques.
Atom-based quantum computers:
IQST researchers are developing atom-based quantum computers based on arrays of trapped atoms.
Quantum algorithms and software:
We pioneer quantum algorithms and develop software tailored to the unique characteristics of quantum computers, by refining quantum-gate sequences, implementing error-correction techniques, and developing software for quantum computers.
IQST develops a wide range of quantum sensors, pursuing a multipronged approach:
Quantum-enhanced magnetic resonance:
We are pioneering quantum-enhanced magnetic resonance techniques and methods for quantum-enhanced hyperpolarization.
Quantum coherence and entanglement as a resource for quantum sensing and metrology:
We are exploring a wide range of experimental platforms adapted to a broad spectrum of applications, with a particular focus on NV centres in diamond.
Theoretical models and quantum-enhanced sensing:
In addition to experimental efforts, we are committed to providing robust theoretical models and designing novel algorithms for quantum-enhanced sensing.