All questions answered by Prof. Nikolay Vitanov from the Foundation for Theoretical and Computational Physics and Astrophysics, Bulgaria.
What do you want to achieve in this project?
MicroQC aims to demonstrate, through state-of-the-art quantum engineering, fast and fault-tolerant microwave two-qubit and multi-qubit gates and to design scalable technology components for multi-qubit quantum processors with microwave-controlled microfabricated ion traps.
How will European citizens benefit from this project, both from the technology developments it accomplishes as well as the basic science breakthroughs it may achieve?
The successful accomplishment of the project objectives requires several crucial breakthroughs in chip microfabrication, enabling the application of magnetic fields with very high gradients beyond current state-of-the-art. In addition, the developed innovative coherent control methods can find many applications beyond the scope of MicroQC, for example,in applied optics.
Why is the Quantum Flagship important and why did you choose to become part of it?
The Quantum Flagship will boost European research efforts in quantum technologies, which have been pioneered in Europe, and will allow Europe to remain competitive in this red-hot field of research and innovation.
How do you see the advancement of quantum technologies in the near future and what would be your ultimate dream in the long run?
Our ultimate dream is to build a scalable quantum computer which outperforms the best classical computers in certain computational tasks. In the near future we expect a number of quantum innovations to be commercialised, especially in quantum sensing, quantum-enhanced imaging and quantum communications.