The Quantum Communication pillar addresses the research, development and integration of a quantum communication network’s building blocks, such as single photon generation, entanglement source and free space quantum connections. Combining these three technologies with a solid theoretical framework, we will aim at the deployment of solutions for quantum key distribution (QKD) and entanglement swapping that apply to realistic scenarios –unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), drones, satellites, etc.
The Quantum Computing pillar aims to deliver medium-term operative platforms for quantum computation and simulation, with access to our society and to its industrial sector. QTEP starts with two complementary lines: superconducting qubits, a well-established technology with near-term real-life applications, and a hybrid approach with spin qubits and superconductors, with great potential for scalability, but greater challenges.
The Quantum Theory pillar works on two fronts. At the low level we develop quantum firmware: architectures, operations and controls enabling quantum information processing on different physical systems or “platforms”. At a higher level, we create quantum software: real-world applications of noisy intermediate scale quantum technologies (NISQ) or future scalable platforms, combining existing algorithms or developing our own.
The Quantum Manufacturing pillar will coordinate the development and access to fabrication methods and manufacturing technologies which are crucial to the growth of quantum technologies. It will set up an extended “quantum manufacturing hub” that promotes, coordinates and grants access to our manufacturing infrastructures at the European level. For this objective to succeed, the foundry will also develop and consolidate the fabrication offer in superconducting circuits, Si3N4 quantum photonics, nanofabrication and atomic characterization of materials and devices.