The quantum world

In the quantum world, other rules apply than in the world as we perceive it. Scientists and technologists who have learned those rules can use them, to build nano-devices, for instance,  or - in the future - a quantum computer. This requires a continuous interplay between new theory and new experiments and technology. Leiden University and Delft University of Technology, both vanguard players in this field, reinforce each other here and collaborate closely. One of the outcomes of this collaboration was the discovery of the majorana particle. And hopefully, in the future, the quantum computer.

Nanofront (NWO Gravitation programme)

In the ‘Nanofront’ research programme, scientists from TU Delft and Leiden University are exploring the boundaries of nanoscience. In 2012 this research was awarded funding by the NWO ‘Gravitation’ programme. The scientists are exploring the two most exciting fields in nanoscience: the quantum world in materials and the building blocks of living cells


Building block for a quantum computer (ERC Synergy programme)

In 2012 the nanoscientists Leo Kouwenhoven and Lieven Vandersypen of TU Delft and Carlo Beenakker of Leiden University were awarded an ERC Synergy Grant, a European grant for collaborations between leading scientists. Since 2004, with support from the NWO’s Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), the three scientists have been working on the physical foundations of a potentially super-fast quantum computer. In this Synergy programme they will be able to take a further step towards building a working quantum computer circuit, partly based on the Majorana particle that was discovered in 2012.

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Casimir Research School

The Casimir Research School - Leiden University's and Delft University of Technology’s joint research school in interdisciplinary physics, brings together over 240 PhD students, 130 postdocs and 100 faculty members. The school's research program is developed by groups at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience in Delft and at the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION).

Casimir Research School

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