March 23, 2016

Aalto University research project awarded EUR 2 million grant

Earlier this year Möttönen’s devised an innovation that can efficiently cool quantum processors leaving the operation of the quantum computer undisturbed. Pictured is an artistic impression of quantum-limited heat conduction of photons over macroscopic distances.
Earlier this year Möttönen’s devised an innovation that can efficiently cool quantum processors leaving the operation of the quantum computer undisturbed. Pictured is an artistic impression of quantum-limited heat conduction of photons over macroscopic distances.
Riikka Maria Partanen

The European Research Council has awarded a Docent from Finland’s Aalto University the Consolidator Grant for a five-year research project.

This is the second personal European grant Doc. Möttönen has been awarded for his research.

This is the second personal European grant Doc. Möttönen has been awarded for his research.

Aalto University

The grant is worth two million euros.

Mikko Möttönen’s project, entitled Quantum Environment Engineering for Steered Systems (QUESS), is developing methods for the real-time control of energy loss in quantum-mechanical devices. These could enable practical applications of quantum technology, including quantum computers and radiation sensors.

“There are many basic issues related to quantum computing that we have yet to figure out, such as the accurate initialisation of quantum bits, the extreme accuracy of logic operations, and the power consumption at the quantum level,” Möttönen states.

In the future, quantum computers have potential to be used for material and drug design, along with radically improving the efficiency of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.

The QUESS project is set be launched in the beginning of next year.

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