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ATIQ project commences in Germany to develop trapped-ion quantum computers

Date Announced: 09 Dec 2021

Alignment of laser beams for a demonstrator assembly of an ion trap quantum computer. Image: Leibniz Universität Hannover, T. Dubielzig

Image: Leibniz Universität Hannover, T. Dubielzig.

Graefelfing (Munich), Germany -- TOPTICA is a proud partner in the project ATIQ that started this month. It is the largest German consortium to build, operate and use quantum-computing demonstrators based on trapped ions. 

25 partners from industry, research institutions and academia have teamed up to tackle the related challenges and exploit the huge potential of quantum-computing technology, aiming for reliable and user-friendly 24/7 operation. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds 84.1% of this 44.5 million euro project.

The quantum computers will rely heavily on TOPTICA technology. To this end, TOPTICA will perform research on advanced technologies tailored for the precise conditioning of laser light. The resulting prototypes will be combined with high-end laser systems from TOPTICA’s existing product portfolio for optical control of the ions, i.e. initialization, control and read-out of the qubits.

"We are looking forward to the collaboration with our distinguished partners and are happy to contribute to the success of this exciting five-year project!” explains Dr. Jürgen Stuhler, Vice President Quantum Technologies, TOPTICA Photonics AG.

About the project

The joint project "ATIQ - Trapped –Ion Quantum Computer for Applications" is funded by the BMBF under the call "Quantum Computing Demonstrators". The project duration is from December 1, 2021 to November 30, 2026, the project volume is 44.5 million euros (funding amount 37.4 million euros plus own contribution of the participating companies). In total, the competencies of 25 partners are bundled in ATIQ and coordinated at Leibniz University Hannover. Other partners are Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, University of Siegen, TU Braunschweig, RWTH Aachen, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, AMO GmbH, AKKA Industry Consulting GmbH, Black Semiconductor GmbH, eleQtron GmbH, FiberBridge Photonics GmbH, Infineon Technologies AG, JoS QUANTUM GmbH, LPKF Laser & Electronics AG, Parity Quantum Computing Germany GmbH, QUARTIQ GmbH, Qubig GmbH and TOPTICA Photonics AG. Associated partners are AQT Germany GmbH, Boehringer Ingelheim, Covestro AG, DLR-SI, Volkswagen AG and QUDORA Technologies GmbH.


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