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Second generation quantum technologies

Grant number: 22/00209-6
Support Opportunities:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: June 01, 2023 - May 31, 2028
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics - Atomic and Molecular Physics
Principal Investigator:Celso Jorge Villas-Bôas
Grantee:Celso Jorge Villas-Bôas
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
Philippe Wilhelm Courteille ; Romain Pierre Marcel Bachelard
Associated researchers:Adenilson José Chiquito ; Daniel Zini Rossatto ; Marcio Daldin Teodoro ; Patrícia Christina Marques Castilho ; Raul Celistrino Teixeira ; Romain Pierre Marcel Bachelard
Associated grant(s):24/05258-0 - Multi-User equipment approved in grant 2022/00209-6: Single photon detectors and temporal correlation electronics operating in the 900 to 1600 nm spectral region, AP.EMU
23/14831-3 - Solving optimization problems in trapped-ion quantum computers, AP.R SPRINT
Associated scholarship(s):24/01205-0 - Single photons sources based on 2D materials, BP.TT
23/18240-0 - Molecule Simulation in Quantum Computer, BP.MS
23/15110-8 - Signatures of light localization in two dimensions, BP.IC
+ associated scholarships 24/02604-5 - Quantum information processing in cavity QED, BP.DD
23/16523-4 - Cold Atoms in Ring Cavities, BP.PD
23/15739-3 - Quantum Algorithms for solving Complex Problems and Commercial Applications, BP.PD
23/10014-0 - Collective atom-light interaction, bistability and quantum correlations mediated by an optical cavity, BP.DD - associated scholarships


This thematic project aims to establish the conceptual bases and training of human resources necessary for the development of Second Generation Quantum Technologies by structuring a value-proposition to the market of industrial and service companies worldwide.Second Generation Quantum Technologies comprise solutions that directly benefit from quantum states of light or matter, such as superposition states, entangled states, and matter waves, to provide significant gains over their so-called "classical technologies" counterparts that do not directly use such fundamental properties of quantum mechanics. Given the growing perceived value by government agencies and companies around the world over such technologies, this project aims at not only developing solutions and skills in the area, but at consolidating interfaces with the industry and service sectors, so that multiple companies and institutions will be able to benefit from our group's knowledge and value, which will be consolidated into Patents, Methodologies, Partnership with Industrial and Service companies to develop real commercial quantum technologies in and from São Paulo state.In the first stage of our project to achieve our goal, we have a team of theoretical and experimental researchers that have been working in the area for decades. In particular, we will work on developing: 1) Sources of single photons, which are the key elements in several quantum communication protocols. The system to be studied consists of 2D materials that can present high repetition rates and that can operate at temperatures well above absolute zero, which would make such sources economically viable for commercial applications. 2) We will also work on on quantum sensors and metrology using ultracold atoms, as for instance, sensors for gravitational forces (gravimeter) based on interferometry matter wave: an ultracold atomic matter wave interacting with the two counter propagating light fields of a ring cavity and subject to gravity performs Bloch oscillations, whose frequency represent a measure for the gravitational acceleration. Such devices have potential application in different contexts, for example underground mapping and detection of load masses on highways. 3) Finally, we will also investigate quantum algorithms and quantum simulators for solving complex problems, such as materials simulation, optimization problems in general (load routing, resource allocation facility, etc.) and solving systems of differential equations in general, whose application extends to various fields of physics and engineering, such as fluid dynamics applied to aircraft design, oil extraction, study of different physical systems, etc.In the second stage we aim at integrating our solutions and skills to both industrial solutions providers and service companies already established by: (a) filing patents and applications related to the implementation of those basic concepts and, mainly, of their practical implementation based on industrial materials and techniques already available to replicate the solutions in a mass-scale, (b) protecting those IPs into agreements with these companies securing strategic market channeling and insertion based of the tested solutions in real-case scenarios and (c) establishing a professional environment and platform for private investors to join-in, securing the value for Brazilian companies directly connected to this project, as well as others to multiply the results into products and services we aim at building both the paths for investment in the research efforts our institutions already support and other specific to applications derived from this project in the form of value-companies and initiatives. (AU)

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