The network research project “Hybrid Quantum Systems”


Our research network for hybrid quantum systems is a project funded by MEXT from 2015 for five years under the framework of “Shingagujutu-ryoiki” to promote new and emerging research fields. This research network consists of four themes: Charge & Spin, Photonics, Phononics, and Theory. Each theme has a team of researchers associated with it from four to six research Japanese groups. The network encourages inter-team/group collaborations as well as international collaborations. The network offers various mechanisms to support collaborations (go to JOIN).

This project aims to establish the foundations of science for hybrid quantum systems. Hybridisation is a key for us to coherently control complex quantum properties which will enable us to extract novel quantum properties needed for new quantum enhanced technologies. Quantum enhanced technologies will give us entirely new capabilities as well as gains in precision, speed, and efficiency. Eventually it allows us to reach technological abilities beyond the reach of the classical physics.

What can quantum enhanced technology bring to our real life? In the near future we will be able to built small-scale quantum controlled systems, and from these we expect to see advantages arising from its quantum nature. Unlike quantum computers, these advantages might be small, such as a few to ten times more precise measurements, or energy efficient switching, however these could have dramatic effects in sensing, communication and computation. For instance, we may be able to find symptoms of diseases which cannot be found in the conventional examination, or such medical tests can be administrated with much less stress for the patient . As the history of science and technology indicates such differences will fundamentally change our daily life as well as our understanding of science and technology.

The research network “Hybrid Quantum Systems”