Last February 15 Dr. Guilherme d´ Oliveira Martins, Administrator of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, was in IT in Lisbon for the inauguration of the new QuTe Lab – Quantum Technologies Laboratory of the PIQT - Physics of Information and Quantum Technologies Group.
“Among other things, this laboratory is investigating free space quantum communications”, says Yasser Omar, Professor in the Department of Mathematics of IST and the coordinator of PIQT.
The experiments in the QuTe Lab are being developed by Prof. Manfred Niehus and IST undergraduate student José Jesus, a member of the Gulbenkian Programme New Talents in Quantum Technologies, a innovative program that was developed jointly between PIQT and the Serviço de Bolsas da Gulbenkian. These scholarships are designed to support undergraduate and masters students (in Physics, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, among others) from Portuguese universities in the development of a small study and research project in quantum computing, quantum communications, metrology and quantum sensors, or other related areas. Students don´t need to have previous knowledge in Physics of Quantum Technologies since the program guarantees they will receive all the necessary training.