Recently the National Science Foundation has named “Quantum Leap” as one of ten “Big Ideas” for future investment, while the European Union has launched a “Quantum Flagship”.  These efforts, which are echoed by major investments from Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and other industry giants, set as their goal the realization of a quantum computer which would unlock revolutionary computing powers based on the principles of quantum superposition and entanglement.

PIRE:HYBRID is supported by the National Science Foundation (USA) and Agence Nationale de la Recherce (France). It brings together an international multidisciplinary team in order to search for the best materials for quantum computers, greatly enhancing progress in this field by joining the intellectual and technological assets of United States and France. The primary research goal of PIRE:HYBRID is the discovery of new hybrid materials and the search for emergent phenomena that can only be realized at hybrid interfaces. Hybrid materials are those which combine layers of dissimilar material classes, such as superconductors and semiconductors. PIRE:HYBRID will focus on a diverse universe of hybrid materials including nanowires, van der Waals heterostructures and two-dimensional epitaxial interfaces. The approach extends from in-situ observation of crystal growth to low temperature measurements of quantum devices based on these materials, guided by first-principles and mesoscopic theory studies.



University of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Foreign Partners (France)

Institut NEEL CNRS Grenoble

Grenoble Innovation for New Advanced Technologies Alliance (GIANT)

Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA)

Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA Grenoble)

Laboratoire d’analyse et d’architecture des systèmes (LAAS) CNRS Toulouse

Industrial Collaborator

Microsoft Research Station Q