Yesterday the Berlin Senate has unlocked the first 10 Mio Euro for quantum research in Berlin for the years 2022 and 2023. This is part of a 25 Mio Euro program over five years.
Within the newly formed Berlin Quantum Alliance (BQA) 15 Mio Euro will be used for basic research and 10 Mio Euro will be put into applied research in the next five years. On one hand the activities will focus on software – quantum computing in basic research and industry related applications. On the other hand new hardware will be developed – photonic quantum enabling technologies like for instance Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) for quantum sensing. The concept was developed between Berlin University Alliance (FU / Prof. Jens Eisert, HU / Prof. Arno Rauschenbeutel & Prof. Oliver Benson, und TU / Prof. Jean-Pierre Seifert), Fraunhofer Institute for open Communication Systems (FOKUS / Prof. Manfred Hauswirth) and Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI / Prof. Martin Schell). OpTecBB will support networking between the research institutes and the photonic SME landscape.