NWO grants 4.4 million euros to innovative research in the Physics Projectruimte


 The board of NWO Domain Science (ENW) has granted funding for ten proposals in the Physics Projectruimte, a granting instrument for small-scale projects that propose innovative fundamental physics research that has a scientific, industrial or social urgency. In this last phase of the Physics Projectruimte 85 applications were assessed by NWO.


The following proposals of Leiden university and TU Delft  were granted funding (in alphabetical order by author):

Prof. Dr. J. Aarts (Universiteit Leiden)
Spin texture Josephson junctions
A Josephson junction is a weak electrical link connecting two superconductors which allows the fabrication of components for superconducting electronics. We will study a fully novel implementation of magnetic weak links, which can add a different level of control over the supercurrent through the switching of the magnetization direction.

Dr. V.V. Cheianov (Universiteit Leiden)
Slow as light, fast as a snail
Sometimes the only way to quickly get where you need to go is to be really slow. Or so says the theory of adiabaticity - a concept behind certain strategies of quantum computational speedup. This project aims to get to the heart of this concept and lift the veil on how slow you have to be to be really fast.

 Dr. ir. M. Veldhorst & Dr. G. Scappucci (TU Delft) 
Macroscopic entanglement between spins in germanium
This research will focus on qubits in germanium. The researchers combine superconductivity and quantum dots, individually front-runners in the race to a quantum computer, and together potentially the key towards scalability. The goal is to demonstrate the fundamental step of long-range entanglement between spins on a semiconductor chip.