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Today, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) celebrates its 65th anniversary — and launches a new research institute for quantum and photonics technology. The “Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute” (EHCI) will enable a sustainable information society by creating a unique synergy between the world-class photonics and quantum research.
The institute’s name reflects this rich history of the Eindhoven Brainport region, where science and industry have a historical bond; Hendrik Casimir (1909-2000) merged the two cultures of science and technology in his career. After being trained in theoretical physics by the founding fathers of quantum mechanics (Bohr, Pauli, Ehrenfest), he made fundamental scientific contributions himself as a professor in Leiden and as a director of the Philips Research Laboratory in Eindhoven.
Servaas Kokkelmans, founding-team member of EHCI, director of the Centre for Quantum Materials and Technology Eindhoven (QT/e) and member of Quantum Delta NL’s Strategic Council, about the new institute:
“We defined three main challenges where the strengths of the Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir institute on quantum technology and photonic integration will amplify each other:
➝ computational power for solving intractable problems
➝ energy-efficient and secure communications, and
➝ ultimate precision in sensing.
I expect that the merge of these two fields within one institute will lead to the compact and efficient transfer of information between the different types of quantum hardware via photons. The development of our quantum computing platforms, quantum sensors and quantum communication testbeds will truly benefit from the expertise of our photonic colleagues on photonic integrated circuits.”
Congratulations to the team!
For more information, please visit the Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute’s website.