In more detail
CAT programmes for concrete innovation
CAT 1 | THE QUANTUM COMPUTER
Building a first European quantum computing platform, including application development
To prepare society for quantum computers, quantum applications will be developed and demo versions made available online via the CAT project facilities. That will enable all kinds of target groups – the government, the business community, technology developers and students – to access quantum computers, explore their capabilities, and gain hands-on experience with implementations on actual hardware and associated user interfaces. The various user and demonstrator facilities will connect knowledge institutions and enterprises working on quantum computing, at the national level and throughout the stack: from hardware to software and applications.
“These ‘(wo)man-on-the-moon’ projects bring in worldwide attention and attract world-class talent”
CAT 2 | QUANTUM INTERNET
Creating a National Quantum Network
One of the reasons that the classical internet was able to grow so quickly was that, from the outset, access for network engineers, programmers and users was straightforward and cheap. The creation of similar circumstances can give the quantum internet the boost needed to take it to the next level. With a view to taking quantum networks and the quantum internet to the next stage of development, a national quantum network will be created, interconnecting local knowledge clusters and paving the way for access by future users. The programme will enable both fundamental and applied research and provides scope for hardware manufacturers to participate by developing infrastructure components. The open structure of the National Quantum Network will also facilitate the development of a vigorous software and security industry. Finally, the network will serve as a national testbed for data-intensive applications, such as cloud computing, Internet of Things and autonomous driving.
CAT 3 | QUANTUM SENSORS
Stimulating a vibrant ecosystem for developing Quantum Sensing Applications
The classical sensors currently used in mobile phones, cars, aircraft and spacecraft generally rely on electrical, magnetic, piezoresistive or capacitive effects. Although such sensors are very sensitive and efficient, they are fundamentally limited. Future sensor applications will require significantly greater sensitivity than can be achieved with existing designs. Furthermore, certain applications require sensors that are insensitive to electromagnetic scatter, which is abundant in and around MRI scanners, electric vehicles and many other machines and appliances. Quantum sensors can potentially meet such emerging requirements. In order to further energize the development and application of quantum sensors, a multidisciplinary cooperation platform will be established, where researchers, systems engineers and developers can exchange experiences, share resources, and partner with enterprises and end users in various sectors to define use cases and develop corresponding prototypes. A testing and user facility for quantum sensors will be realized as well, to assist enterprises and other organizations with innovation and the preparation of technologies for market. Ties will also be forged with related technologies, such as (integrated) photonics and electronics.