Eurice’s Quantum Projects Portfolio Keeps Growing as Quantum Simulation Project PASQuanS2 Kicks Off
The development of analogue and digital quantum simulators has made significant progress in recent years. As different platforms become more mature in terms of scalability, stability and programmability, quantum simulation is moving from being a means for physicists to answer particular scientific questions towards a powerful tool to help address real-world problems and provide practical applications for industry. For instance, quantum simulators can potentially be used to develop new materials, analyse chemical processes, and solve optimisation problems in the future.
A research effort that has significantly contributed to the advancement of quantum simulation technologies and applications is the European Quantum Flagship project PASQuanS – Programmable Atomic Large-Scale Quantum Simulation (2018-2022). Linking experimental groups, theoretical teams and industrial partners, the project successfully scaled up quantum simulation platforms based on atoms and ions, making them the most advanced to date. The mission initially started by PASQuanS is now continued and expanded by the successor project PASQuanS2.
Transforming the development of programmable quantum simulation in Europe
Teaming up most of the original consortium members with additional leading experts from research institutes, industry, small to medium-sized enterprises and start-ups from six EU member states, PASQuanS2 sets out to transform the development of programmable quantum simulation in Europe further over the next seven years. Led by the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, the 25 partners have formed a Framework Partnership putting forward an ambitious seven-year research programme.
Following a two-stage approach, PASQuanS2 is now kicking off its first project phase: the so-called PASQuanS2.1, which is funded by the European Union with EUR 16.6 Mil over the next 3.5 years under the Horizon Europe Framework Programme. One of the major objectives of this initial phase is the development of quantum simulators with at least 2,000 atoms and a path towards 10,000 while improving control, stability, and scalability. Alongside advancing the platforms technologically and developing a first version of a corresponding software stack to control the devices, PASQuanS2.1 will continue exploring industrial applications and mapping real-life problems while establishing a sustainable ecosystem of end-users and open quantum simulation platforms.
Having already contributed to targeted communication efforts for the predecessor project, the Eurice team is excited to embark on PASQuanS2, now heading project, communication and innovation management activities. "As part of the European Quantum Technology Flagship, PASQuans2 will continue to exchange and liaise with other EU-funded quantum endeavours and national programmes across Europe. With our involvement in several large-scale quantum projects and communities, we look forward to helping connect the dots, leveraging synergies, and thus promoting knowledge valorisation and collaboration between academia and industry," says Corinna Hahn, leader Quantum Technologies at Eurice.