Dear community members and partners,

In 2020, something unique happened. A national endeavour united the entire Dutch quantum ecosystem under one name: Quantum Delta NL.

We’d like to look back on 2020’s highlights for the wider quantum community in the Netherlands in this first edition of our newsletter  🎉 as well as invite you to Quantum Delta NL's first official event on January 28th 2021.

Despite the incredibly strange year this has been -emphasised even more by yesterday’s commencement of a new lockdown in the Netherlands-, 2020 also marks the beginning of our joint effort to build our brand as the world's leading quantum ecosystem. Our national roadmap is a fantastic showcase of the collaborative spirit that drives this community. It's something we can all be proud of.

We wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas.

Warmest Regards,
Team Quantum Delta NL

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The beginning of Quantum Delta NL

Quantum Delta NL was officially founded on 23 September 2020. Yay!

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy granted Quantum Delta NL €23,5M to execute three priorities of the National Agenda Quantum Technology:

→ An upgrade of the Dutch quantum computer in the cloud, Quantum Inspire
→ Building national quantum networks 
→ Growing the startup ecosystem including a "House of Quantum"

To fully reap the economic and societal potential of quantum, we prepared a comprehensive implementation plan that will be submitted to the National Growth Fund.

2020 highlight from each of our quantum hubs

📣 Quantum.Amsterdam educates!

In November the Amsterdam innovation hub for quantum software, technology and applications launched the new monthly workshop "General Awareness Quantum Computing" and addresses the need for companies to explore and develop quantum software and new applications.

The next workshop takes place this Friday! Interested? Read more & register here.

📣 Delft

On April 20, 2020, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven and European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel launched Europe’s first public quantum computing platform: ‘Quantum Inspire’. Read about it here. The platform is developed by QuTech, a collaboration between TU Delft and TNO.

Quantum Inspire makes the quantum computer accessible to everyone and is the first in the world to use a quantum processor made of scalable ‘spin qubits’. Are you ready to take Quantum Inspire for a spin?

📣 Eindhoven

Andreas Hülsing and Tanja Lange of QT/e are both finalists in the US National Institute of Standards and Technology competition to select the best solutions for post-quantum encryption and signatures.
The winning solutions will become the new standards, and will be adopted by governments and industry across the world. There is one more round to go!

Read about this exciting research here.

📣 Maastricht 

In October of this year, Maastricht University and IBM started a quantum computing collaboration. Is quantum computing part of the solution for the challenging computational needs of two future physics detectors, the Einstein Telescope and LHCb detector of the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider?

Two postdocs will address this challenge; these job listings are now online. You can find them here.

📣 Twente 

The European Research Council has awarded Twente-based researcher Jan Klärs a ‘Consolidator Grant’, worth 2 million Euro, for the project "Networks of coupled photon Bose-Einstein condensates: when condensation becomes a computation".

The project exploits optical quantum computing techniques for the simulation of the "spin-glass problem", a complex situation in which the preferred directions of magnets seem to be fully random, as if they’re frozen. Dive in here.

*Advanced reading ahead 😉

📣 Leiden

In 2020, researchers of Applied Quantum Algorithms (aQa) in Leiden provided a number of important strides in quantum-enhanced machine learning, and in algorithms for quantum chemistry. These contributions significantly advance the state of the art in applied quantum algorithms, pave the way for future breakthroughs in using quantum computing for advancing machine learning and our understanding of chemical processes.

Read about the machine learning contributions with international and Amsterdam based colleagues here, and about our progress in quantum chemistry here and here.

📣 Nijmegen

Classical machine learning learns probability distributions to represent real world data, such for usage in pattern recognition. 
The Quantum Boltzmann Machine (QBM) is a quantum analogue of this, where a quantum Hamiltonian is learned whose ground state wave function represents the data. The QBM solution show entanglement and this research demonstrates that it can learn strongly non-linear problems where the classical Boltzmann machine fails.

The QBM is a first concrete proposal to use a quantum wave function to represent classical data. You can read the full publication here.

📣 Utrecht

Engineering topological states of matter atom-by-atom. Topological states of matter are of great interest for low-power electronics and quantum computation. A common assumption concerning these states is that their existence should be insensitive to any detail.

A combined experimental/theoretical team from Utrecht University showed that the appearance of topological states induced by crystal symmetries sensitively depends on the edge geometry. You can find the article here.
Quantum Delta NL's 1st official event takes place on January 28th, 3 - 5 PM. Please mark your calendars, you'll receive the full program soon!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

We hope you'll have a happy and healthy end of this year. Merry Christmas!
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