Catalyst programmes 

Developing the market and exploring applications

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Three CAT programmes

Quantum Delta is kicking off three ambitious catalyst programmes designed to accelerate the process of introducing quantum technology to the market and to society. The aim is to provide easy access to quantum networks, computers and simulators, lowering the threshold to development and testing. The programmes have a cohesive function, bringing together the various technologies and action lines, various ecosystem actors, and the scientific and user communities.

First European Quantum Computer

In the context of the CAT 1 programme, the first demonstrator has been launched: Quantum Inspire. This new platform offers access to two promising qubit types from Delft and an emulator for SURFsara, the supercomputer in Amsterdam. Quantum Inspire provides simultaneous access to multiple high-potential qubit platforms. Combining solid hardware with software development is also unique: you can test applications on a real system. And, unlike commercial platforms, Quantum Inspire is no black box; this open platform allows users to create their own value.

Quantum internet breakthrough

Researchers from QuTech have achieved a world’s first in quantum internet technology. A team led by Prof. Stephanie Wehner has developed a ‘link layer protocol’ that moves the phenomenon of quantum entanglement forward from a physics experiment towards a real-world quantum network. This brings us closer to the day when quantum internet can become a reality, delivering applications that are impossible to achieve using classical internet. Stimulating a National Quantum Network is the aim of our CAT 2 programme.

First Active Quantum Clock

Researchers at the University of Amsterdam are working on the best clocks in the world, clocks that would only go wrong by one second over the lifetime of the universe! A team led by Prof. Florian Schreck is developing a new type of clock, in which atoms are teased into a quantum state in which they actively emit light with an extremely precise frequency, which is what makes the clock tick. They recently achieved the required high flux and high density beam of ultracold atoms required for this to work. Within the CAT 3 programme, this know-how will be used to build a National Quantum Clock and bring the benefits of this amazingly stable clock to users, enabling faster internet, improving robotic cars and exploring the underground.