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Physicist Rene Gerritsma will receive a Vici grant of 1.5 million euros from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) to work on a programmable quantum simulator. The grant will enable Gerritsma to develop an innovative line of research and set up his own research group in the coming five years. Vici is one of the largest scientific grants for individuals in the Netherlands and targets advanced researchers.
Rene Gerritsma
Rene Gerritsma

One of the best miniature quantum computers around is formed by ions in electric fields. A major challenge is to increase the size of the computer while maintaining control over the ions. In his awarded project, Gerritsma and his team will employ optical tweezers to scale up the system and to program the interactions between the ions in a new way.

Vici grant

Together with Veni and Vidi, Vici is part of the NWO Talent Programme (Before: Talent Scheme). The Vici grant targets highly experienced researchers who have successfully demonstrated the ability to develop their own innovative lines of research, and to act as coaches for young researchers. Vici provides researchers with the opportunity to set up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship.