Dutch King Willem Alexander opened the Microsoft Quantum Lab on the campus of TU Delft. The QuTech Research Institute, a collaboration between TU Delft and TNO, is working with industry on the development of quantum computers and a quantum internet. Microsoft, which now has its own laboratory in Delft, is one of the most important companies that collaborates intensively with Delft quantum researchers.
Quantum computers should enable us to perform complex calculations that are impossible with current technology. For example, global climate change models or models of the immune system’s capability to destroy cancer cells. The development of the quantum computer requires a joint effort from science, government and industry. Cooperation with industry is essential in this respect. Delft builds an innovation ecosystem around quantum technology, a Quantum Campus, and the opening of the Microsoft Quantum Lab is an important step forward.
Exchange of knowledge
The Microsoft Quantum Lab will be working on qubits – the building blocks of quantum computers – based on majorana particles. These particles are a potential candidate for qubits. The interaction between the different groups, and the exchange of knowledge between the various roadmaps make Delft an important place for quantum research.