Chateando con la Ciencia: Fernando Luis

Chateando con la Ciencia: “What are Quantum Computers and what can they do for us?”

The 7th edition of the series of talks “Chateando con la Ciencia”, organised by the Real Zaragoza Tennis Club in collaboration with the Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón, INMA (CSIC-University of Zaragoza) will start on Thursday 20th October with a talk by Fernando Luis, Research Professor at the Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón, of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas and the University of Zaragoza.

Quantum computing is one of the scientific revolutions of the 21st century. It aims to harness quantum phenomena, such as coherence and entanglement, characteristic of atoms and elementary particles, to store, process and communicate information. This new paradigm promises to surpass the best supercomputers on the planet in computing power, thus achieving so-called quantum supremacy. If achieved, it would open the door to the optimal design of new materials and pharmaceuticals while threatening to break the best known computer security codes. Controlling quantum systems can also help create ultra-sensitive sensors and communication channels that are immune to hackers. These applications have generated unprecedented interest from governments and academic institutions around the world, as well as from technology giants such as Google, IBM and Intel, among others. In parallel, there have been several proposals, and considerable challenges, to build quantum processors that are capable of solving practical problems. The talk will attempt to give a simple, yet rigorous and honest, overview of the progress and current state of the various quantum technologies, as well as their possible future impact.

Fernando Luis is a CSIC research professor at the Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón (INMA). He is the author of more than 140 scientific articles, many of them in prestigious journals such as Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Physics, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, etc. He leads INMA’s activity on quantum hardware, focused on the development of a novel quantum processor based on magnetic molecules and superconducting circuits. This line of research has been funded by a project of the QUANTERA call, part of the European “Flagship” initiative in quantum technologies, and by a FET-OPEN project, both coordinated by him and involving numerous European academic institutions of the highest level, as well as IBM and Keysight. Fernando Luis also coordinates the hardware line of the CSIC quantum technologies platform and is coordinator of the Physics and its Applications area of the State Research Agency. In 2022 he was proposed as a new full member of the Zaragoza Academy of Sciences. In addition to his research work, he has participated in numerous initiatives to disseminate science at all levels and in 2017 he received the RSEF-BBVA award for the best popular science article for his work entitled “Quantum computation with magnetic molecules”.

In order to access the talk, an access code must be requested to the following email address: before 18 October 2022.


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Oct 20 2022


07:30 - 20:30

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