China has made a huge leap forward in quantum science

China is now the only country in the world to have achieved major breakthroughs in photonic and superconducting quantum computing, represented by the computing prototypes “Jiuzhang” and “Zuchongzhi No.2” respectively.

Since 2013, the country has started emphasizing the importance of quantum science, saying it will significantly advance advances in information technology, energy and materials research to bring about a new industrial revolution. . Over the past 10 years, China has seen a huge leap forward in fundamental studies and applications of quantum science, with a number of major achievements emerging in the field. Quantum computing and quantum communication are confusing concepts for most of us, looking like futuristic technologies with no impact on our daily lives. Yet powerful computers, communication networks, and new information processing tools have been using quantum technologies for years. communications network. The satellite has completed in-orbit testing and will soon conduct scientific experiments. Professor Peng Chengzhi at University of Science and Technology of China, one of the satellite’s developers, told China Media Group (CMG) that “the satellite can form a quantum communication network by itself and be part of a future network with other quantum satellites.” “In the future, we will connect the satellite to user needs to move it from the lab to the market, to promote China’s development in quantum science and contribute to information security.” China has gathered relevant authorities and experts to study the development of quantum science inside and outside the country, hoping to speed up strategic and systemic planning in the field.

Since then, the country has seen great progress not only in basic studies of quantum technology, but also in its applications and industrial development, according to Xue Qikun, president of the Southern University of Science and Technology. Pan Jianwei, known as China’s “father of quantum”, also vice-president of the University of Science and Technology of China, told CMG that “over the past decade, the number of people devoted to research in the quantum field has grown from dozens to hundreds now. “Encouraged by the rapid development of quantum science in China, many researchers have become very active in conducting exchanges and cooperation, which I believe is one of the biggest changes in the field over the past few years. last years.” The Beijing Academy of Quantum Information Sciences, for example, is vigorously advancing the practical applications of quantum technologies. There is an avenue lined with enterprises engaged in the field in Jinan City, Shandong Province (East China). The quantum sector in Hefei city in eastern China’s Anhui province is also expected to reach 100 billion yuan ($14.57 billion) before 2030. Ye Yujiang, director of research foundation at the Ministry of Science and Technology, told CMG that with continuous actions and long-term support, China’s quantum science has made a huge leap forward. “We initially developed the capabilities for systematic innovations in the field.”

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