Claudia Eckert, Director at Fraunhofer AISEC, and Florian Marquardt, Director at the MPI for the Science of Light, receive grants for the Munich Quantum Valley from the Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs Aiwanger.

Generous quantum funding in Bavaria

Bavaria builds a quantum computer - that is one of the goals of the newly formed Munich Quantum Valley, supported by the Bavarian Free State with 300 million euro

Bavaria's Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger has handed over funding certificates totalling 52 million euros for the development of a Bavarian quantum computer. The Max Planck and Fraunhofer Institutes involved in the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) received the funding in an official handover yesterday at the Max Planck Institut of Quantum Optics.The two organisations are jointly developing hardware and software for the construction and operation of quantum computers in Garching and at other locations. Aiwanger: "Quantum technology is a central key technology of the future. That's why the Free State of Bavaria, as Europe's leading science and business location, must be ahead of the game. Munich is a top location for quantum science and technology. I am therefore pleased that we have bundled important competences in quantum research in Munich Quantum Valley. With the Max Planck Society, the Fraunhofer Society, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the two universities of excellence LMU and TU Munich, the top researchers in quantum research are working together there to expand Bavaria's position as an outstanding science location in this future technology."  

Sebastian Blatt, Principal Investigator at MPQ and the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) demonstrates to the minister Aiwanger one of the quantum simulators at MPQ, from which the researchers will develop a quantum computer based on neutral atoms. 

During a visit to the Ultracold Strontium Laboratory at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), the Minister inspected a quantum simulator based on strontium atoms. The technology of this simulator is to become the hardware basis of a quantum computer developed in Munich Quantum Valley. "Quantum computers convince with a giant speed in information processing. The funding, which is part of the Bavarian technology offensive Hightech Agenda Bayern Plus, is intended to accelerate research in quantum technologies," said Aiwanger.

Quantum optics is one of the research priorities at the two Bavarian Max Planck Institutes for Quantum Optics (Garching) and for the Physics of Light (Erlangen). The director of the MPI for the Physics of Light, Prof. Florian Marquardt, was pleased about the research funding: "Researchers in the Max Planck Society have already achieved important breakthroughs in the field of quantum technologies. These include groundbreaking work on quantum simulation with atoms, on the fundamentals of quantum computers and on quantum communication with light. Within the framework of Munich Quantum Valley, MPG research groups will cooperate closely with partners from industry, universities and application-oriented research."

Center piece of the experiment of Sebastian Blatt and his colleagues - the vacuum chamber of their quantum simulator based on strontium atoms.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Eckert, the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC, added: "Fraunhofer, with its transfer-oriented research work, is the ideal partner to bridge the gap between basic research, applied research and industrial use. Fraunhofer contributes comprehensive know-how in the field of quantum technology and quantum computing to the newly launched MQV projects - from the development of quantum algorithms, e.g. for solving optimisation problems, to the system integration of hardware. With the clear goal of harnessing quantum technology and quantum computing to solve the concrete challenges of industry."

At the MPI for Quantum Optics in Garching, research into the quantum world with laser light is the central topic. Researchers are developing powerful quantum computers, quantum simulators and quantum communication at this research site. The science in these areas ranks at the very highest level worldwide. One of the institute's core competencies lies in the research and control of ultracold atoms, which scientists are using as part of the Munich Quantum Valley to build a quantum computer on this basis.

[Translated from the press release of the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy on the 22nd of December 2021]


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