The Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore brings together quantum physicists and computer scientists to explore the quantum nature of reality and quantum possibilities in technology. Established in December 2007 as the city-state’s first Research Centre of Excellence, CQT now has some 200 staff and students. The Centre boasts a world-class research program with strong theory and experiment groups.
The Centre is supported by its stakeholders, including Singapore's National Research Foundation and Ministry of Education, and by competitive grants (read more). It is hosted by the National University of Singapore, but enjoys a significant autonomy both in pursuing its research goals and in governance. The Centre has its own Governing Board, a Scientific Advisory Board and is headed by Director Artur Ekert.
Our mission is to conduct interdisciplinary theoretical and experimental research in quantum theory and its application to information technologies. The discovery that quantum physics allows fundamentally new modes of information processing has required that classical theories of computation, information and cryptography be superseded by their quantum generalizations. These hold out the promise of faster computation and more secure communication than is possible classically. We focus on the development of quantum technologies for the coherent control of individual photons and atoms and explore both the theory and the practical possibilities of constructing quantum-mechanical devices for cryptography and computation.
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Research in quantum information science in Singapore was initiated in 1998 by Kwek Leong Chuan, Lai Choy Heng, Oh Choo Hiap and Kuldip Singh as a series of informal seminars at the National University of Singapore. The seminars attracted local researchers and resulted in the formation of the Quantum Information Technology Group, informally referred to in Singlish as "quantum lah" (read more about the expression 'lah').
In February 2002 support from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) consolidated research efforts in the field and led to a number of faculty appointments. In 2007 the Quantum Information Technology Group was selected as the core of Singapore’s first Research Centre of Excellence leading to the foundation of CQT in December 2007.