The E.U. and its member states have embarked on a research journey with an ambitious goal: to make Europe a powerhouse on the emerging global landscape of quantum technology.
Here is a part of the article that appeared in Optics & Photonics news this september concerning quantum technology in Europe. Several researchers are interviewed, such as Eleni Diamanti, Tommaso Calarco, Sir Peter Knight, …In this interview, Eleni Diamanti, member of the steering committee of SIRTEQ talks about the importance of quantum technology in the next 10 coming year in Europe.
It’s a busy time for Eleni Diamanti, a professor of quantum communications at CNRS and Sorbonne University in Paris. Outside of the lab, she shuttles between meetings of steering committees for France’s national research group on quantum technologies and for SIRTEQ, a quantum-tech effort of the Île-de-France region. She’s vice director of the Paris Center for Quantum Computing, which in turn participates in the pan-European Quantum Internet Alliance. And she sits on a scientific committee set up by the French Ministry of Higher Education to promote France’s role in the Quantum Flagship, a billion-euro, 10-year European Union (E.U.) program launched in 2017 to support quantum technology. Despite the hectic schedule—or maybe because of it—Diamanti remains an unabashed optimist about her science and its place in her country and continent’s future. “My opinion,” she says, “is that the next 10 years in quantum technology are going to be extremely exciting in Europe.” The optimism seems well founded. One reason is the launch of the Flagship initiative, a key E.U. endorsement and support vehicle that Diamanti calls “a turning point in Europe for quantum technology.” And complementing that Europe-wide effort is a constellation of E.U. member-state programs to advance quantum science. These efforts aim to put Europe and its constituent nations at the forefront of the international race to move quantum from lab to marketplace—and to reap the benefits that result.
Worldwide, the air is full of talk of a “second quantum revolution,” in which the ability to control and leverage “quantum weirdness” like entanglement and superposition will finally start to play out in real products and services like next-generation computers, encryption and sensors. As a result, government research programs, not only in Europe but in societies ranging from China and Singapore to Canada and the United States, have started to coalesce around the quantum theme. All of that activity should prove good for photonics, as photons underlie both the enabling technologies (such as narrowband laser and RF sources) for quantum research,
and many of the envisioned new devices and systems, such as satellite laser-based quantum communication, that will take advantage of “the quantum difference.”…
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