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Special Issue on Quantum Industry

Guest editor: Dr. Thomas Strohm
(Coordinator of Quantum Technologies at Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany)

This article collection on “Quantum Industry” is perhaps the first of this kind and aims at bringing together all the main players involved in the process of transferring quantum technologies into a mature quantum industry. The goal is to foster the dialogue among all parties, to discuss potential common issues at an early stage, to remove possible pitfalls and speed up the process overall. It is intended to be a little stepping stone on the path to a successful quantum economy.

The article collection addresses various aspects of the process such as use cases and  technology roadmaps, industry challenges, and experiences of cooperation projects between academia and industry, just to mention a few. It is open to publish also scientific descriptions of the “insides” of startups or new products or components.

Round table interviews with invited experts will discuss several topics, such as the needed competencies of future quantum engineers, standardization, comparisons of different approaches to quantum computing.

All the contributions have to be accessible to a wide audience and will be scrutinized based on the scientific content. It may be useful for authors to write them as if they should present them at plenary talks of conferences.

In particular authors from the industry, from startups and applied research organizations, but also from academia, are invited to submit contributions that fit to the mission laid out above

We invite you to submit articles for this special issue. Topics include, but are not limited to:  

*Use cases: what can quantum technologies be used for?
*Industry challenges (scientific/technological) addressed to academia
*Technology roadmaps
*Scientific introduction of startups
*Scientific presentation of quantum technologies products and components
*Projects reports of academia/industry cooperation’s
*Success stories for QT: economically relevant application of QT, industrialization, cooperation academia/industry
*“Round table interviews”. Experts discuss pros and cons of technologies etc.
-comparison of different qc implementation technologies
-When does standardization help?
-What is missing in the supply chain?
-Basic competencies of future quantum engineers

Please refer to the journal’s  Submission Guidelines  for the preparation of the manuscript.
Important: upon submission select the article type (i.e. Research, Commentary, Review, Letter) and the special issue in the Additional Information step.
The guest editor together with the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Kai Bongs (University of Birmingham), will oversee the editorial process. Accepted articles are published Open Access and automatically assigned to a volume and issue after the proofs are corrected. They will be accessible through the regular volume and issue, as well as collected online under their specific special issue tab. This allows not waiting to collect all articles before publishing the special issue, but they appear on the fly (no need to wait for the deadline!).

Submissions are accepted from now until 31 August 2021.

EPJ Quantum Technology is indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) database, one of the major databases of the Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) Web of Science, and has been accepted for indexing in Scopus. Its Impact Factor 2019 is 3.0

  1. SpinQ Gemini is a commercial desktop quantum computing platform designed and manufactured by SpinQ Technology. It is an integrated hardware-software system. The first generation product with two qubits was lau...

    Authors: Shi-Yao Hou, Guanru Feng, Zipeng Wu, Hongyang Zou, Wei Shi, Jinfeng Zeng, Chenfeng Cao, Sheng Yu, Zikai Sheng, Xin Rao, Bing Ren, Dawei Lu, Junting Zou, Guoxing Miao, Jingen Xiang and Bei Zeng

    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2021 8:20

    Content type: Research

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  2. Quantum based technologies have been fundamental in our world. After producing the laser and the transistor, the devices that have shaped our modern information society, the possibilities enabled by the abilit...

    Authors: Vicente Martin, Juan Pedro Brito, Carmen Escribano, Marco Menchetti, Catherine White, Andrew Lord, Felix Wissel, Matthias Gunkel, Paulette Gavignet, Naveena Genay, Olivier Le Moult, Carlos Abellán, Antonio Manzalini, Antonio Pastor-Perales, Victor López and Diego López

    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2021 8:19

    Content type: Research

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  3. Given the recent breakthroughs in quantum technology development in R& D labs all over the world, the perspective of high-tech companies has changed. Product development is initiated next to the existing research

    Authors: Garrelt J. N. Alberts, M. Adriaan Rol, Thorsten Last, Benno W. Broer, Cornelis C. Bultink, Matthijs S. C. Rijlaarsdam and Amber E. Van Hauwermeiren

    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2021 8:18

    Content type: Review

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  4. We present a miniaturized quantum key distribution system, designed to augment the more mature quantum key distribution systems currently commercially available. Our device is designed for the consumer market,...

    Authors: David Lowndes, Stefan Frick, Andy Hart and John Rarity

    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2021 8:15

    Content type: Letter

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  5. Quantum computing technologies pose a significant threat to the currently employed public-key cryptography protocols. In this paper, we discuss the impact of the quantum threat on public key infrastructures (P...

    Authors: Sergey E. Yunakovsky, Maxim Kot, Nikolay Pozhar, Denis Nabokov, Mikhail Kudinov, Anton Guglya, Evgeniy O. Kiktenko, Ekaterina Kolycheva, Alexander Borisov and Aleksey K. Fedorov

    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2021 8:14

    Content type: Review

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  6. In order to qualify quantum algorithms for industrial NP-Hard problems, comparing them to available polynomial approximate classical algorithms and not only to exact exponential ones is necessary. This is a gr...

    Authors: Constantin Dalyac, Loïc Henriet, Emmanuel Jeandel, Wolfgang Lechner, Simon Perdrix, Marc Porcheron and Margarita Veshchezerova

    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2021 8:12

    Content type: Research

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  7. Quantum computing holds the potential to deliver great economic prosperity to the European Union (EU). However, the creation of successful business in the field is challenging owing to the required extensive i...

    Authors: Markku Räsänen, Henrikki Mäkynen, Mikko Möttönen and Jan Goetz

    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2021 8:5

    Content type: Commentary

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  8. Despite the scientific and engineering challenges facing the development of quantum computers, considerable progress is being made toward applying the technology to commercial applications. In this article, we...

    Authors: Francesco Bova, Avi Goldfarb and Roger G. Melko

    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2021 8:2

    Content type: Commentary

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