Quantum Technologies

Quantum computing will change our world – in science, industry, the economy, and our everyday lives.

Wolfgang Marquardt

The development and use of quantum technology is one of the most ambitious technological goals of science today. The effects on society and business are almost impossible to predict. The Helmholtz Association’s mission is to contribute to solving important and urgent social, scientific, and economic problems. Helmholtz is a driver of quantum technology research in Germany and Europe and a pioneer in science and technology. Together with partners at universities and research institutions as well as in industry, Helmholtz aspires to push forward the development of quantum technologies, from basic research to system development to application.

Helmholtz is active in the five primary areas: quantum computingquantum communicationquantum sensing, quantum materials and basic research, as well as simulation and numerical methods. In addition, Helmholtz develops, builds, and operates powerful infrastructures for researching quantum technologies. 

Quantum computing

Developing a universal quantum computer is a monumental task and probably constitutes the biggest scientific and technical challenge of our day. Quantum computers promise to perform certain computing tasks that are beyond the capabilities of classical computers – tasks such as prime factorization and decryption. Moreover, breakthroughs are to be expected in research fields such as quantum simulation in chemistry, condensed matter physics, and high-energy physics as well as in optimization problems and machine learning. Despite great progress over the last few years, quantum computing is still in its infancy, much like classical computer technology was in the 1950s.

The Helmholtz Association, with its application-oriented research strategy, has the critical mass to become a leader in European quantum computing. It will develop prototypes and use cases that will realize the advantages of quantum technology for the real world and create a community of quantum computing users to support the use of quantum computation and annealing technologies for scientific and industry-related research.

Background and Strategy


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