PsiQuantum opens first UK research lab

PsiQuantum opens first UK research lab

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By Nick Flaherty

Quantum computer startup PsiQuantum is to open its first research lab outside the US in a £9m project with the Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire.

The collaboration will enable PsiQuantum, the world’s best funded quantum startup, to develop the advanced cryogenic systems that are critical in its mission to build the world’s first useful quantum computer.

Daresbury is a key laboratory for the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and hosts one of Europe’s largest cryogenic cooling facilities, developing cryomodules for large-scale research facilities across the world.

The deal will enable future synergies with experts at the STFC-IBM Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation and future synergies with the UK National Quantum Computing Centre.

The PsiQuantum photonic architecture operates in the region of -270°C rather than the milli-Kelvin temperatures required by many other quantum computing technologies, with the components being built by GlobalFoundries in the US and Dresden, Germany.

The advanced cryogenics centre to be established at Daresbury aims to increase the cryogenic capabilities of the PsiQuantum system 100-fold, building and testing quantum computing modules with the highest cryogenic cooling power to date,

“We are very excited to be setting up a lab in the UK in collaboration with the STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory. The UK has a long history in quantum technologies and a talent pool of exceptional quantum engineers,” said Mark Thompson, Chief Technologist and Co-Founder at PsiQuantum and professor of quantum photonics at the UK’s University of Bristol.

“The STFC team and facilities are absolutely world class, with a deep history of accomplishments in large-scale scientific infrastructure. Access to existing cryogenic infrastructure and expertise accelerates PsiQuantum’s mission to deliver a large-scale quantum computer.”

“PsiQuantum is a shining example of how STFC is supporting pioneering businesses in their mission to develop the technologies that have the potential to change the world we live in, to transform industry and change our lives for the better,” said Paul Vernon, Head of STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory.

PsiQuantum will also take corporate office space within the wider Sci-Tech Daresbury campus alongside 150 other companies.


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