Delft/QN PI Toeno van der Sar to lead new NWA programme


Researcher Toeno van der Sar (Quantum Nanoscience) have received funding from NWO within the National Science Agenda programme: Research on Routes by Consortia (NWA-ORC). Van der Sar will lead an interdisciplinary consortium that focuses on a particular scientific and societal challenge. 

Below is a brief description of the project which TU Delft (TNW) will lead:

A microscope for the quantum world

Quantum is going to change the world, that much is clear. The development of new technologies based on quantum mechanics has gained momentum in recent years. But in order to actually bring about the intended 'quantum revolution', it is necessary to have far-reaching insight into (and control over) the behaviour of electrons, spins and electric currents in quantum materials and nano-devices. 

The possibility to measure individual spins and electrical currents of a few nano-amperes in quantum systems would provide access to the underlying physics and is necessary to take quantum technology a step further. A so-called 'quantum microscope' will be able to use a diamond magnetic field sensor to map the behaviour of electrons at the nanoscale, both near the absolute zero point and at room temperature.

Together with the other members of this consortium, Toeno van der Sar will develop such a quantum microscope. The microscope will lead to new discoveries in quantum research, and will also bring new technologies based on the laws of quantum mechanics closer.   

Project leader: Dr. T. van der Sar (Delft University of Technology)

Participants: TNO Delft, Leiden University, Applied Nanolayers BV, Leiden Spin Imaging BV