National Laboratory for Quantum Technologies

Photovoltaics - Quantum Cryptography - Raman Spectroscopy - Atomic Microscopy - Computer Modelling

NLQT is a Polish nationwide network of modern scientific laboratories working in the field of quantum technology funded by the National Centre for Research and Development upon the Innovative Economy Operational Programme co-financed by the European Union. NLQT laboratories have open architecture and are continuously expanded. They offer state of the art unique equipment in the international scale.

The idea of significant development of experiment in ultra-modern area arose among theoretical physicists. The leading role was played by the national scientific network, the Laboratory of Fundamental Principles of Information Processing LFPPI. Director of the National Laboratory for Quantum Technologies at the Wroclaw University of Technology is its organizer prof. Lucjan Jacak.


The quantum cryptography laboratory:

A unique in both national and international scale quantum cryptography laboratory equipped with systems for quantum key distribution in no-entanglement and entanglement based protocols. The laboratory is actively cooperating with leading scientific centers in quantum cryptography, among others with IdQuantique (University of Geneva spin-off) and AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology related to Wien University). The ongoing QKD research have important strategic meaning for Polish participation in this new of information and communication security. The role of quantum cryptography will be specially pronounced upon a potential breakthrough in scalable quantum information and computation.


The photovoltaics laboratory

A state of the art laboratory focused on energy transfer in nanostructures, equipped with among others the highest-class Horiba-Jobin-Yvone Raman spectrometer, Park atomic force (AFM) microscope and an artificial sun and fotovoltaic laboratory. The laboratory implements projects in nano-photovoltaics and plasmonics, that are targeted at increasing efficiency of the solar PV cells of new generations, based on semiconductor and the 'plastic' organic structures. Research is conducted in wide international cooperation and the projects have not only experimental nature, but also important conceptual and theoretical component upon cooperation with theoretical physicists.


The quantum modelling laboratory

A distributed cluster of mainframe-class Dell computational workstations equipped with modern specialized scientific software environments for computer modelling. The laboratory carries modelling and numerical computational tasks for undertaking wide area of research in quantum mechanics applications and in other aspects of NLQT laboratory operations, supported among others with several projects of the Polish National Center for Science.


The ultrafast nanostructures optical spectroscopy laboratory

NLQT laboratory have further co-invested the existing on WUT very well equipped ultrafast spectroscopy laboratory and have supplemented it with high-end unique class equipment. The laboratory implements experimental projects with strongly pronounced scientific international cooperation.


National Laboratory for Quantum Technologies

The NLQT is by most the offer to the young researchers and students, who due to its existence may implement interesting and novel on the international scale research programmes for their diploma and doctoral theses. The NLQT network makes it possible to use distributed state of the art research equipment in all its locations. It is a unique occasion enabling access and increasing freedom of research directions centered on the most modern and promising area of quantum mechanics, widely recognized as the technology of tomorrow, implemented on the high-end class equipment of highest world standards.

State-of-the-art research

NLQT offers possibilities to implement research in most advanced and current areas and technologies of quantum mechanics.

International cooperation

NLQT implements multiple projects with widely addressed international scientific cooperation with advanced partners.

Thematic diversity

NLQT offers a wide range of possible and pursued research areas accessible with the available equipment.

Scientific personnel

Laboratory personnel consists of teams of advanced and internationally recognized scientists

Advanced internships

Laboratory enables students to participate in unique high-tech and quantum oriented internships

Cutting-edge experiment

Taking part in cutting-edge experiments in the field of advanced quantum technologies

National Laboratory of Quantum Technologies

NLQT was created in 2008 on the initiative of the Polish National Center for Research and Development and LFPPI, a Polish national research network Committee for Scientific Research Laboratory of Physical Foundations of Information Processing. NLQT is a network project - in its consortium NLQT is the implementer of equipment investments in the field of state of the art quantum technologies with overall budget of about 50 million PLN, in particular, quantum optics laboratory equipment. The project involved five of the eight members of the NLQT consortium, and quantum technologies dedicated laboratories, including quantum information processing and engineering, were developed at the University of Warsaw, the Wroclaw University of Technology, the Nicolaus Copernicus University, the Jagiellonian University and the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In addition to these centers the NLQT network is co-created by the University of Gdańsk, the University of Łódź and the Center for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, which also own modern quantum laboratories for NLQT network disposal. The initial total value of the NLQT network project, financed by the Innovative Economy Operational Programme under the European Regional Development Fund amounted to 48 million PLN. NLQT Laboratory at the Technical University of Wroclaw originally is a laboratory equipment investment for 8 million PLN, which since its implementation is being systematically expanded in terms of both the equipment base and carried out scientific projects, similarly as in the case of other laboratories in NLQT network.

The creation of NLQT was aimed at creation of a Polish national platform for cooperation and exchange of experiences in the field of quantum technologies experimental research. The NLQT consortium consists of leading universities and scientific-research units in the country:

  • University of Warsaw, Faculty of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics
    Department of Solid State Physics, Laboratory of Ultrafast Magnetospectroscopy of Semiconductor Nanostructures
    Optics Department, Laboratory of Ultrafast Processes
  • Wroclaw University of Technology, Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology, Department of Quantum Technologies
    Earlier, Institute of Physics, the Condensed Matter Theory group and the Optics of Low-dimensional Semiconductor Structures group
  • Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
    Environmental Laboratory of Physics and Growth of Low-dimensional Crystals
  • Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics
    National Laboratory of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
  • Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science, Institute of Physics
    Photonics Department and Atomic Optics Department, Laboratory of Quantum Technologies of Cold and Hot Atoms
    Atomic Optics Department, Laboratory of Quantum Engineering and Biomedical Imaging
  • University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science
    Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics
  • University of Łódź, Faculty of Physics and Applied Informatics
    Department of Mathematical Physics and Quantum Informatics
  • Center for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences

LFPPI (Laboratory of Physical Foundations of Information Processing) is a national scientific network, bringing together about 20 Polish scientific institutions conducting research in the field of quantum information processing, including among others, University of Warsaw, Jagiellonian University, Wroclaw University of Technology, Centre for Theoretical Physics in Warsaw, Gdansk University, Nicolaus Copernicus University, University of Łódź, AGH University of Science and Technology, Maria Curie-Skłodowska-University, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. LFPPI was an implementer of the Polish Ministry commissioned project "Quantum information processing and quantum engineering" and a co-implementer of many other projects of national and international scale.

Full list of equipment originally implemented within the network of the National Laboratory for Quantum Technologies:

National Laboratory for Quantum Technologies

Quantum Technologies Department, Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology,
Wrocław University of Technology, Wyb. Wyspiańskiego 27, 50-370 Wrocław

Room 211 WUT A-1 Building, (+48) 71 320 20 27,