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.