Workshop on Future Directions in Quantum Science and Technology

6th May 2019 at the MPI of Quantum Optics in Garching

Quantum Science and Technology (QST) is an exciting, interdisciplinary area of science and engineering that builds on the unifying concepts of Quantum Mechanics and Information Science. It promises diverse applications ranging from sensing and precision measurements, to communications and computing. Within the Max Planck Society, there is a large community of scientists working on a range of topics in this field with significant research efforts. This workshop explores emerging areas of QST with a view to identifying topics that could form the nucleus of new research efforts within the Max Planck Society, as well as identifying young scientists who would like to pursue a career in the Max Planck Society. There are several impetus for such a workshop now, including:

  • the boost in interest in new computing paradigms that could go beyond that of conventional silicon based computing that has reached the end of its roadmap;
  • rapid advances in quantum computing using qubits that include, for example, superconductors, ion traps, and cold atoms;
  • new quantum algorithms for either first prototypes of quantum computers with small number of qubits or scalable quantum computers;
  • the discovery of numerous topological materials with novel Fermions with unique, protected properties, for example, Majorana Fermions;
  • new communication paradigms to provide secure communication as well as linking quantum systems through quantum networks;
  • engineering advances in building systems of devices that go beyond the two-dimensional paradigm of many of today’s electronic systems.
  • exploring new quantum phases of matter using artificial and real engineered materials (including systems, such as twisted bylayer graphene)
  • extending the concepts of quantum information theory to new fields of research, such as quantum chemistry, high-energy physics, or cosmology.

We invite you to contribute and participate in what we will be a workshop devoted to debating and discussing the future directions of quantum science and technology.

Immanuel Bloch, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
Claudia Felser, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids
Stuart Parkin, Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics

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