PsiQuantum, the Silicon Valley start-up company first to develop a utility-scale quantum computer designed with silicon photonics, will open its first advanced research and development (R&D) center outside the United States at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory. The partnership will allow PsiQuantum to create the advanced cryogenic technologies required to build the world’s first practical quantum computer.
PsiQuantum is known for its quantum approach based on single-photon qubits, which offer considerable advantages at the scale necessary to create a fault-tolerant, general-purpose quantum computer. The announcement comes on the heels of the UK government’s £9 million investment in PsiQuantum’s work with STFC to address the scalability issues that ‘fault-tolerant quantum computing faces.
PsiQuantum will access one of Europe’s largest cryogenic cooling facilities and its leading experts, large-scale R&D engineering facilities and workshops, future synergies with experts at STFC’s Hartree Centre, and future synergies with the UK National Quantum Computing Centre as a result of this new collaboration.
PsiQuantum’s Photonic Method provides Quantum Advantage.
These devices work at temperatures just a few degrees above absolute zero, similar to the temperature of deep space (about -270°C). However, the advantage of PsiQuantum’s photonic method is that these cooling requirements are significantly less demanding than competing technologies. Its working temperature, albeit low, is hundreds of times hotter than the milli-Kelvin temperatures required by many other quantum computing devices. As a result, the extraordinary difficulty of developing large-scale milli-Kelvin dilution refrigeration is avoided.
PsiQuantum will collaborate with STFC scientists to develop an advanced cryogenics center, doubling its cryogenic capabilities.
STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, located at Sci-Tech Daresbury in the Liverpool City Area, already houses one of Europe’s largest cryogenic cooling facilities. It creates cryomodules for large-scale research centers worldwide. PsiQuantum will collaborate with STFC scientists to develop an advanced cryogenics center, doubling its cryogenic capabilities.
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