CERN tech for Quantum Systems

How to collaborate with CERN?

  • A different perspective on your challenge: Based on our wide-ranging expertise in domains related to quantum technologies we can take a look at your technical challenges and provide new perspectives & advice;
  • Co-development: We can explore potential collaborative R&D projects to develop new quantum solutions;
  • Access to unique technology: CERN’s proprietary technologies and know-how can be licensed for use in your quantum systems.

Value Proposition: Read more about HEP-tech for Quantum Systems here.

Key Competences

Measurement & control of quantum-scale systems: CERN personnel have accumulated decades of experience in the design, manufacture and maintenance of devices for the precise measurement and control of particles, including for proton beams in CERN’s accelerator complex and for decelerating antiprotons in order to study antimatter.

Picosecond Synchronisation: At CERN, particles circle the LHC over 11,000 times per second. This means components in the accelerator complex require minute timing accuracy and synchronisation. White Rabbit is a protocol based on industrial networking technology, developed at CERN for high-precision particle beam monitoring and control.

FPGAs for quantum simulators: In HEP experiments, quantum objects are studied and monitored using single-particle sensors connected to a data acquisition system based on custom electronics (FPGAs and ASICs). This is a very similar approach to that used in quantum simulators.

Digital Low-Level Radio Frequency (LLRF) control systems: The RF systems in CERN accelerators must be precisely controlled. Low-Level Radio Frequency (LLRF) control improves RF stability via electronic feedback and feedforward systems. CERN experts have expertise in the design of LLRF controls with powerful digital signal processing, enabling highly precise regulation of complex systems.

Cryogenic system design, measurement & control: Expertise and facilities to perform state-of-art benchmarking of cryogenic instrumentation, leveraging CERN know-how in heat transfer, refrigeration cycles, low temperature material properties and cryogenic engineering.

Vacuum system design & control (HV, UHV, XHV): The LHC is a complex system of interconnected vacuum vessels - under high (HV) to extremely high vacuum (XHV). In order to secure reliable and high-performance operation, CERN experts have developed significant expertise in vacuum systems and related technologies.

Thin film coatings for high-performance applications: CERN components must meet demanding expectations in performance and longevity. To achieve this, CERN experts have accumulated over 50 years of experience in the development and application of novel thin film coatings for functional and optical use, including in vacuum systems and high-energy detectors.

Laser devices: CERN has expertise in the development of laser devices for high-precision alignment and for resonance ionisation using tuneable laser radiation. Technologies include: a simple system for generating a structured laser beam that has a non-divergent, high-intensity central beam with a small spot-size; and a laser converter for producing continuously tuneable single-longitudinal mode output.

Key Applications

Quantum computing, quantum sensors and other quantum systems that could benefit from application of CERN’s engineering expertise and technological solutions developed through its work in high-energy physics.