The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has set up a ‘Centre of Excellence (CoE) on Quantum Technologies’ to carry out research activities in the associated field. The CoE strives to produce synergy and consistency in the projects being conducted at the Institute and will assist the principal investigators in the pitching in of more critical projects from the DST and other funding firms, says the Institute.
Several countries like the USA, China, Japan, the EU, and the UK have invested profoundly into this technology. Following the series, the Indian government has authorised Rs 8000 crores for research in quantum technology.
Rajendra Singh, Head, School of Interdisciplinary Research (SIRe) and lead PI, CoE on Quantum Technologies, IIT Delhi, said, “In the past 100 years or so, Quantum Physics has impacted the society in an unprecedented way. By exploiting the characteristics of quantum physics in light and materials, researchers invented both the laser and the transistor. Such inventions form the basis of information technology as a whole – computers, the internet, and much more besides – which to a large extent has shaped our society today. It was the first quantum revolution. The second quantum revolution is now round the corner, benefitting enormously from the advancements in our ability to detect and manipulate single quantum objects such as photons and atoms.”
Singh continued that, The CoE on Quantum Technologies at IIT Delhi will concentrate on preferred thrust fields, including Quantum Computing, Quantum Communication, Quantum Sensing and Metrology and Quantum Materials and Devices.
Along with the design and evolution of new quantum materials that would be initiated through this CoE, research projects relevant to Quantum Processor and cryogenic controller, modelling and technology development of semiconducting Qubits: CMOS and 2D materials, quantum sensing and metrology, quantum biophotonics, development of single-photon detectors and sources: Based on semiconductors (2D materials, III-V), superconductors, development of bright single and entangled photon sources based on SPDC, quantum secure communication in free space and optical, fibre, quantum imaging and sensing using correlated quantum photons would also be conducted according to Professor Rajendra Singh, Head, School of Interdisciplinary Research (SIRe) and lead PI at the centre.