Canada will launch the first photonic-based
Proposed federal funding announced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will help build and sell the world's first quantum computer that is based on photonics ancan handle mistakes.
To generate, transmit, modulate, process, switch, amplify, and sense light—in the form of photons—through emission, modulation, signal processing, switching, and amplification is the domain of photonics, a subfield of optics.
While photonics encompasses all technical uses of light, its most common applications are in the visible and near-infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The invention of the first effective semiconductor light emitters in the early 1960s and the development of optical fibres in the 1970s led to the emergence of a new field of study known as photonics.
A 32-million-dollar investment will help Xanadu Quantum Tech, a Canadian quantum computing company based in Toronto, build the quantum computer, according to a news release on the website of the Prime Minister. Xinhua says that this quantum computer could be used in many fields, such as finance, transportation, modelling the environment, and health.
Canada is in a good position to become a world leader in the rapidly growing quantum sector. This will give Canadians and Canadian industries new opportunities. Some of the most important places for quantum tech in the world are in Canada. The Canadian government will continue giving money to innovative businesses to help the economy grow and give Canadians high-paying jobs.
A press release says that this 177.8 million Canadian dollar ($142 million) project, which is being paid for by the government's Strategic Research Grant, will create 530 new highly skilled positions in the high-tech and quantum computing industries.
Canada's National Quantum Tactic, which will spend an extra $288 million and 360 million Canadian dollars to make Canada a leader in quantum technology around the world, was announced earlier this month.
PennyLane is an open-source software library for quantum computer technology and application development. It is being made by Xanadu, a company that was started in 2016 with the goal of making quantum computers that everyone can use.