Assistant Professor Morten Kjærgaard from QDev receives a Villum Young Investigator grant

04. February 2021

Assistant Professor Morten Kjærgaard from the DNRF’s Center for Quantum Devices (QDev) at the University of Copenhagen has received a Villum Young Investigator grant. The grant will be used to explore quantum computational power with superconducting quantum bits.

Adjunkt Morten Kjærgaard. Foto: Københavns Universitet
Assistant Professor Morten Kjærgaard. Photo: The University of Copenhagen

A new project will explore quantum computational power with superconducting quantum bits. Assistant Professor Kjærgaard from the DNRF’s Center for Quantum Devices (QDev) at the University of Copenhagen has received a Villum Young Investigator grant for this project.

“The only thing we know today about the new research, which will provide for our basic existence in 20 years’ time, is that it is to a large extent made in the heads of talented, young researchers. That’s why it is so important to give young researchers a firm basis to create their very own profile in research,” said Thomas Bjørnholm, Director of Science at the Villum Foundation.

New computational powers

The ability to perform fast computations is a cornerstone of modern civilization. The fundamental units in computers, such as the bits, can be replaced with artificial quantum systems called quantum bits, which unlock new computational powers.

The project will use superconducting quantum bits to study fundamental questions related to efficient generation of so-called “entanglement,” as well as small-scale quantum fault-tolerance, and novel quantum algorithms.

Read more about the project at the University of Copenhagen here

More information at the Villum Foundation here