Center for Quantum Devices (QDev)
The center was opened in 2012 with funding by a center-of-excellence grant from the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF). The center is hosted by the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI) and situated in the H.C. Ørsted complex. Professor Charles M. Marcus was the first center leader when he moved to University of Copenhagen and accepted a chair as Villum Kahn Rasmussen Professor the same year.
Most center members are faculty members in the condensed matter physics division of NBI and we participate in the teaching and supervision at all levels. We, however, also have QDev members who are faculty at Lund University and the Technical University of Denmark. For some period of time (2018-2021), QDev hosted Microsoft Quantum Lab and we joined forces with them on research on engineered topological superconductors and their potential application in topological quantum computing.
The research in the center evolves around quantum phenomena and electronic properties of nanostructures made of hybrid materials such as semiconductors, superconductors, and ferromagnetic insulators. A large part of the effort is devoted to investigation of development of solid-state qubits as candidates for the fundamental unit in future quantum computers. We work for example on design of spin qubit, superconducting qubits, and topological qubits.
The center was initiated thanks to the grant from DNRF (2012-2023) but has now funding from many sources, including The Villum Foundation, The Independent Research Fund Denmark, Novo Nordisk Foundations, ERC, The European commission, Carlsberg Foundation, and others. The Center for Quantum Devices is thus extremely strong and continues to be a leader in its research field.
The Niels Bohr Institute is part of the faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, and the institute has 6 different addresses in Copenhagen
B15-21 Blegdamsvej: The original institute for physics has 4 teams of scientists besides the management, the administration and technical support. Particle physics, quantum physics, eScience, biophysics and theoretical cosmology.
Niels Bohr Building, Jagtvej 128: Researchers in Astrophysics from DARK, DAWN and the Condensed Matter Physics group.
Tagensvej 16: Here you will find the Physics of Ice Climate and Earth section.
The H. C. Ørsteds Institute at Universitetsparken 5: At this address you will find the nanophysics group and the Center for Quantum Devices.
Geological Museum, Øster Voldgade 5 - 7: At this address you will find the Astrophysics & Planetary Science group.
Building 24 and 25
2100 København Ø.
The scientific employees conduct research, and they also educate the students in astronomy, geophysics, nanoscience and basic physics. Moreover, the institute has a presentation of the research areas and the research results.
The scientists are organised in 10 teams/sections, and in connection with these teams the Niels Bohr Institute has 10 centres. A centre receives an external grant, and so it is possible to employ people for long periods of time.
The Niels Bohr Institute has established "the Niels Bohr International Academy". This academy receives a grant of DKK 10 millions from the Danish state. The purpose of the academy is to attract leading researchers for short - or long periods of time in order to promote and enhance research. "The Niels Bohr International Academy" has i.a. the "Summer Institute" with a strong programme.
In addition, the Niels Bohr Institute has 35 engineers and technicians to assist the scientists with experiments etc. They also maintain the technical infrastructure of the institute. Furthermore, the institute has 35 employeed within the areas of administration, communication, and library.