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Scalable Quantum Computing with Light and Atoms

Scalable Quantum Computing with Light and Atoms

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Coordinator: Philippe Grangier, CNRS - Institut d'Optique, Orsay, France

The SCALA Integrated Project is part of the 6th European framework program. It gathers 38 partners from the following countries: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland. Long-term goal of SCALA is the achievement of a scalable quantum computer, by using individually controlled atoms, ions and photons to encode, store, process and transmit quantum information. Necessary intermediary steps are
  • realization of interconnected quantum gates and quantum wiring elements, which are required as building blocks of a general purpose quantum computer.
  • realization of first approaches of "operational" quantum computing, which include small-scale quantum algorithms, special-purpose quantum processors (e.g. quantum simulators) and entanglement-assisted metrology.
The project is designed to foster integration between experimental and theoretical approaches, which include both modelizing experiments and improving quantum hardware, and attacking long-term issues such as quantum simulations and quantum information theory, which will be crucial on the path between the present experimental state of the art, and a scalable general purpose quantum computer.