The central strategic goal of QVLS-iLabs is to strengthen industry in quantum technology through innovative collaborations in regional “Integration Labs” (iLabs) with public-private partnerships as a blueprint.
The iLabs function as nucleation centres for cooperation between industry and basic research. QVLS-iLabs is embedded in an outstanding regional research environment. Within the framework of the Cluster of Excellence QuantumFrontiers, supported by the Collaborative Research Centres located in the region and strengthened by the Quantum Valley Lower Saxony Initiative of the State of Lower Saxony (QVLS), the scientific foundations in quantum technologies have been and are being laid and demonstrated in laboratory set-ups (TRL 3-4). With the future cluster QVLS-iLabs, the developed technology is to be transferred to industry on a broad front. The initial iLabs are initially dedicated to the basic enabling technologies. With progressive system integration and scaling and in close cooperation with industrial partners, the focus of the Future Cluster will progress from enabling technology to demonstrators to application and product development in order to realise groundbreaking future scenarios with high economic potential.
The iLab structure will dynamically adapt to these requirements and thus enable a series of disruptive future scenarios: ion-based quantum computing platforms will allow a completely new approach to optimisation problems, quantum metrology applications such as transportable clocks and neutral atom inertial sensors will open up new applications, e.g. in resource exploration and autonomous vehicles. and autonomous driving, and novel structured photonic systems for controlling light at the quantum scale will promote applications in ultra-high resolution microscopy, optogenetics and neuromorphic computing. Overall, the benefits and possibilities of quantum technology, and in particular quantum metrology and quantum computing, will thus be made accessible to the wider society, eventually opening up a self-sustaining new industry in the region.
Prof. Christian Oseplkaus (LUH)