New center for quantum technology was celebrated

Cakes for billions. Maybe not, but a new Wallenberg-funded center for quantum technology, was magnificently celebrated at MC2 on 6 December. "We want to build skills in quantum technology in Sweden, and build a Swedish quantum computer in ten years. That's the core of this," says Professor Per Delsing, who becomes the new head of the center.
Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology (WACQT) is a giant research effort that includes almost one billion kronor, most of which come from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.
Many had gathered to congratulate the principal investigators Per Delsing, Göran Wendin, Göran Johansson and Jonas Bylander when the new center and laboratory were celebrated with baking and bubbles in Café Canyon on 6 December. Delsing held a brief presentation of the bet and made no secret that there's still a lot of work left before everything is in place.
"Of course, we have a number of challenges ahead of us; among other things, we need to recruit the right skills, buy new software and new instruments. Many new people will be involved in this," he says.

Recruitment needs are enormous. Delsing mentions that there's need of hiring up to 60 PhD students, 40 postdoctoral students, ten assistant professors and a number of visiting professors in the future.
"Our goal for the next ten years is to build a quantum processor with 100 qubits, which can perform things that a regular computer can not handle. It's an ambitious goal, but we think it's possible to reach," he says.

The project also includes researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Lund University and several other universities, as well as the business community.
"We want to involve both smaller and larger companies who work with things that may be useful in the project. The forthcoming EU flagship on quantum technology will also play an important role," says Per Delsing.
Professor Gunnar Björk, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Professor Stefan Kröll, Lund University, who lead related projects at their respective universities, were present to honor the day.

Mikael Fogelström, Head of MC2, is looking forward to the start of the new center on 1 January 2018:
"I think we have ten very exciting years ahead of us," he says.

Text and photo: Michael Nystås

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Published: Tue 12 Dec 2017. Modified: Thu 21 Dec 2017