Since May 1st 2019, the experimental team in Quantic led by Pol Forn-Díaz is now located at the High Energy Physics Institute (IFAE, Institut de Física d’Altes Energies), located at the UAB campus in Bellaterra, near Barcelona.
The move represents the first time IFAE gets involved in quantum computation, joining in this way BSC and UB within the QUANTIC family. IFAE has traditionally focused its research in particle detection, both at accelerators as well as those with cosmic origin. It also develops X-ray detection for medical purposes, neutrinos, and more recently gravitational waves. The electronics and mechanical workshops are world-class and will be extremely positive for the development of the experimental team at Quantic.
Pol Forn-Díaz has established the Quantum Computing Technology group at IFAE, being the PI of this new line of research. One of the other PIs at IFAE, Prof. Manel Martínez who led the creation of the MAGIC consortium and now leads the CTA project on gamma-ray astronomy, is joining the Quantic team, strengthening the experimental side significantly.
The rest of the experimental team in QUANTIC is also moving to IFAE. All IFAE members will retain the BSC affiliation through an institutional agreement signed between the two centers.