Nika Akopian, Associate Professor, DTU Fotonik. Photo: Joachim Rode

ERC Consolidator Grant to DTU Fotonik researcher

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Nika Akopian
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DTU Fotonik
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Associate Professor Nika Akopian from DTU Fotonik receives a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council of 2.6 million Euro (approx. DKK 19.4 million) for the project ‘Multi-Qubit Photonic Devices'. In this article, he answers four questions about his research.

Describe the research on which the grant is to be used?

MultiQubit is built on the concept of a novel type of quantum structures — crystal-phase quantum dots — that I discovered during my postdoc and then developed over the years. Crystal-phase quantum dots have a unique advantage — the possibility to make quantum devices with the ultimate accuracy, the accuracy of a single atomic layer. This advantage will break the major limitation in my research field — impossibility to build quantum devices with multiple quantum dots — and thus will unlock their true potential for Quantum Technologies.

"Now, with this ERC Grant, I can truly consolidate the research around my idea, and demonstrate its groundbreaking potentials."
Nika Akopian, Associate Professor, DTU Fotonik

What does it mean for your research that you have now received the grant?

The name of the grant — Consolidator — says it all. Just a few years ago, I was awarded a “Villum Young Investigator Grant”, which, together with the strong support of DTU Fotonik, enabled me to establish my lab and kick-start my research direction. Now, with this ERC Grant, I can truly consolidate the research around my idea, and demonstrate its groundbreaking potentials.

Read the press release from the European Research Council

What do you hope to achieve from results and how can they be used for the benefit of society?

I believe that the robust technological platform that we plan to create in MultiQubit, can be a game-changer in Quantum Technologies, and, in particular, in the forthcoming Quantum Internet. As some of us may already know, Quantum Internet has the potential to guarantee 100% secure communication, drastically reduce energy consumption, and, it will also connect quantum computers.

When do you expect the first results ?

I hope that already in the first year, we will demonstrate the pioneering fundamentals of MultiQubit — a crystal-phase quantum dot where we control the fabrication with the accuracy of a single atomic layer, which, at the same time, has excellent optical and quantum characteristics. This is crucially important for the success of the whole project — it is like the “engine” of the project.

Read about the two other DTU researchers receiving Consolidator Grants

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