”I’ve seen the future…”, Minister Mika Lintilä Tweeted after visiting IQM’s lab in Espoo, Finland on Friday, January 10th 2020.
He continued: “A quantum computer will open up a whole new era for industry, services, the fight against climate change, etc. Finland must become the EU’s quantum computer center. Good work IQM!”
IQM founders (Dr Jan Goetz, Prof Mikko Möttönen, Dr Kuan Yen Tan, Dr Juha Vartiainen) and several other IQM personnel were present alongside Minister Mika Lintilä as the quantum computer’s multi-stage cryostat at IQM labs was opened up for its weekly routine tasks.
Usually people new to this novel technology will gaze in astonishment when seeing for the first time how all the components in a quantum computer look like. Lintilä shared the same experience during his visit, but there was a lot more in the air than just pure enthusiasm for this new technology. There was also a great deal of excitement in witnessing Finland’s role in the new quantum revolution and the impact of the expanding quantum industry.
A unique opportunity for Finland
It is clear that now as China and the U.S. are increasingly investing in quantum computing, Europe needs to respond. IQM’s stance is that Europe is perfectly capable for this challenge and especially Finland with its decades-long tradition of research excellence on quantum physics and cryogenics, started as early as in the 60’s. In fact, Finland has a larger impact than its size would suggest in quantum related technologies. This is a unique opportunity for Finland as the new technological paradigm is rapidly shifting and its potential can be transformed into new industries and well-being for Finland.
Did you know?
For the quantum machine to operate as intended, its critical components need to be cooled down to near absolute zero. In fact, the components inside the cryostat are colder than the temperature in outer space. IQM is cooling the quantum computer’s components all the way down to -459.65 Farenheit or -273.13 Celsius, which is 0.02 degrees away from absolute zero. This is the sweet spot where the magic happens. (The temperature of outer space is approximately 2.73 Kelvin, which is -270.42 Celsius or -454.75 Fahrenheit.)