Technologies that exploit quantum phenomena like superposition and entanglement will be a radical departure from current technologies. Several promising directions are now well known, for instance in computation, communication, security, metrology, sensing, simulation and material science. Europe has the scientific lead in many of these, and some European companies were first to market with some concrete applications of quantum technologies (quantum key distribution in particular). Building on such successes is it not time to bridge from the science to the engineering of some more concrete quantum technologies? For example, are we close to delivering a quantum simulation technology, and if so what precisely will it simulate? Or can we start to concretise the necessary quantum-ware for large scale quantum networking? What about applications in biology and medicine?
What are we looking for?
• What should be the orientation of research on this topic? As stated, do you feel it is too broad or, on the contrary, too narrow?
• Have any recent scientific results been obtained relevant to this topic? Is there already a well-established community on this?
• Do you know of related initiatives, for instance at national level, or in other continents?
• What is needed at this point to advance this? More exploration of different ideas? More coordination among groups or related initiatives? A strong push for a precise technological target and, if so, which one? Anything else?
Background: Following the last FET consultation during 2012-13, 9 topics were identified as candidates for a FET Proactive. This topic has been selected in part for inclusion in the FET Work Programme for 2014-15. Comments are invited on whether this topic is still relevant, or if any changes would be necessary to take account of recent research results. We are also trying to understand better how to advance these areas.
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