International Conference on Quantum Science and Technology at INL, October 22-24 (2019)

Next October 22-24  (2019)  the  International Coference on Quantum Science and Technology, will be  hold at the premises of INL, Braga, Portugal. The event will be supported by the   Nanogateway  Interreg project, within the series of Mission 10000 conferences.  Visit here the official website of the conference.

The International Conference of Quantum Science and Technology conference will bring together experts from  all over the world to present their latest results in the 4 following areas:

  •  Applied Quantum Computing &  Quantum Simulation
    (Quantum Computing in Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum Computers)
  • Quantum Sensing and Imaging
    (NV centers,  quantum imaging, etc)
  • Quantum Materials for quantum technologies
    Topological materials, Single photon emitters, Quantum plasmonics, 2D Materials for QT, etc.
  • Quantum Software engineering
    Quantum program calculi; quantum logics; engineering methods.

The scientific program  of the conference will have will have 4 types of  presentations:  Keynote Speakers talks, Invited Talks, Contributed Talks, Posters.

In addition, the conference will have a parallel session 1 day   workshop on  scientific Communications communication and a hands-on training session on quantum computing (3 hours).

How can you participate?

Participation is free of cost, but it is mandatory to register (For updated info, check the website)

1. You can submit an abstract to present a contributed talk or a poster.  If accepted, you can be eligible for a limited amount of travel support &  accommodation support.

2. You can register to attend the conference,

Important Dates:

June  15st: Call for abstracts opens

July 29st: Deadline for abstracts submission

July 30:  Acceptance decisions are communicated.

August 1-September 15 : Registration period

October 22-24:   Mission 10.000  Conference on Quantum Science and Technology is hold at INL, Braga, Portugal


Confirmed Invited and Keynote Speakers:

  • Samson Abramski, U. Oxford
  • Ramón Aguado,  ICMM CSIC
  • Ugo Del Lago, Bologna University
  • Juan  José García Ripoll, CSIC
  • Arturo García Saez, U.  Barcelona
  • Frank Koppens, ICFO
  • Jeanie Lau, UC Riverside
  • Rozema Lee, University of Viena
  • Asger Mortensen, SDU
  • Tatiana Rappoport,  FU  Rio de Janeiro
  • Fabio Sciarrino,  Sapienza Universita
  • Lucas Thiel, U. Basel
  • Roser Valenti, U. Frankfurt
  • Joachim von Zanthier, U. Erlangen



Scientific Committee:

  • Luis Soares Barbosa (U. Minho )
  • J. Fernández-Rossier (INL)
  • Ernesto Galvao (Universidad Federal Fluminense &  INL)
  •  Jana Nieder (INL)
  • Nuno Peres (U. Minho &  INL)
  • Francisco Rivadulla (U. Santiago de Compostela)

QuantaLab partner IBM announces the first quantum computer for commercial use

IBM announced the world’s first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system, designed for scientific and commercial use: the IBM Q System One.

This announcement is one more step towards the introduction of quantum computing in an increasing number of active sectors, beyond research laboratories.

According to IBM, “IBM Q systems are designed to one-day tackle problems that are currently seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical systems to handle. Future applications of quantum computing may include finding new ways to model financial data and isolating key global risk factors to make better investments, or finding the optimal path across global systems for ultra-efficient logistics and optimizing fleet operations for deliveries”.

The INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, University of Minho, CEiiA and INESC TEC, set-up the QuantaLab consortium in mid-2018 and are members of the IBM Q Network that recently included “Argonne National Laboratory, CERN, ExxonMobil, Fermilab, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory”.

QuantaLab association with IBM Q Network provided the first connection to the IBM Q quantum machines from Portugal, opening a number of opportunities for both fundamental and applied research in quantum computing.

First Quantum Computations carried out by Portuguese researchers, presented at INL

More than 80 participants, including researchers and students from  Portugal and Spain,  have participated last October 23&24 in the  IBM-QuantaLab school on Quantum Computing  organized at INL  (Braga).  The event counted with international experts on Quantum Computing, most notably a delegation from IBM-research in Zurich,  the leading company in the fabrication of the first generation quantum computers.  The School was the first ever organized in Portugal where students could carry out hands on training on quantum computing, accessing via internet to the IBM quantum computers physically located in Yorktown Heights, in the USA.

In the event, two portuguese groups, from INL and from  U. Minho, presented the first quantum computations ever carried out by researchers in portuguese institutions.  This has been possible thanks to the recent collaboration agreement between QuantaLab, a consortium of academic institutions and CEIIA,  with IBM-research, that gives remote on-line access to quantum computers.  The work of the INL team, led by J. Fernández-Rossier, one of the organizers of the event,   is a first  step  to explore the use of computational modelling of molecules, with applications in drug design and petrol industry. The work of the U. Minho and INESC TEC joint team explored monadic functional programming as a way to smoothly design trustworthy quantum software.

J. Fernández-Rossier pointed out that “it is now critically important to invest in the training of the future generation of researchers on quantum technologies and quantum materials.  Portugal can not afford missing the second quantum revolution, and we need to move fast to participate in this very exciting adventure.  The very large participation from undergraduates  and Master students in this event indicates that there is a pool of talented young persons looking forward to start research on this area”.  INL director general, Lars Montelius, added that “hopefully we will soon have considerable funding mechanisms to address this challenge and benefit from this opportunity”.

Walter Riess, the head of the IBM delegation shared with the participants a piece from New York Times reporting on the shortage of experts in quantum computing, and  highlighted the strategic importance for academia and companies alike of   “getting quantum ready”.

The event was sponsored by Nanogateway, a project funded by Interreg Spain-Portugal.

IBM-QuantaLab Quantum Computing School

Dates:  October 23 & 24

Location:  INL, Braga.

The IBM-QuantaLab School aims to provide both an overview to the current status of quantum computation as well as potential for applications of quantum computing.

The School includes the participation of 6 researchers from IBM Zurich, one of the world leading institutions in the fabrication of the first commercially available quantum computers, and several experts on different areas of Quantum Information, Condensed Matter Physics and Computer Science.

It is organized by IBM Research and QuantaLab, and sponsored by Nanogateway.

List of Speakers

Walter Riess, IBM Research-Zurich
Stefan Filipp, IBM Research-Zurich
Stefan Woerner, IBM Research-Zurich
Ivano Tavernelli, IBM Research-Zurich
Nikolaj Moll, IBM Research-Zurich
Panagiotis Barkoutsos, IBM Research-Zurich
Yasser Omar, IST, Lisboa
José Ignacio Latorre, U. Barcelona
Alexandru Baltag, U. Amsterdam
Eduardo Muciollo, U. Central Florida
Ernesto Galvão, UFF, Nitero
Pedro Miguel Cruz, INL &  U. Porto
Ronan Gauthier, INL &  U. Cambridge
José Nuno Oliveira Computer Science Department, Universidade de Minho
Ana Neri
, Computer Science Department, Universidade de Minho

Scientific Committee

J. Fernández-Rossier, INL (QuantaLab)
Luis Barbosa, U. Minho, INESCTEC (QuantaLab)
Nuno M. Peres, U. Minho (QuantaLab)
Stefan Filipp, IBM Research – Zurich
Ivano Tavernelli, IBM Research – Zurich
Stefan Woerner, IBM Research – Zurich

Workshop on Field Theory and Condensed Matter Physics University of Minho

Dates: Next April 19 & 20 (2018)
Scope of the Workshop: To bring together researchers from Portugal and Brasil to look for potential collaborations in the broad areas of  Condensed Matter Physics and Quantum Field Theory.
Organizers: N. M. R. Peres (Q. Lab, U. Minho) and Danilo Alves (UFPA-Brazil/U.Minho).

More information: in their website.


Schedule Thursday 19 Friday 20
9:30 – 10:15 Eduardo Marino
Pseudo Quantum Electrodynamics: Properties and Applications
Eduardo Castro
Topological matter under strain
10:20 – 10:50 Yuliy Bludov
Polariton-assisted Faraday effect in graphene-based structures
Mikhail Vasilevskiy
Surface plasmon-polaritons in graphene nano-ribbons for improved molecular sensing
10:55 – 11:15 Coffee Break Coffee Break
11:20 – 11:50 Ricardo Ribeiro
DFT calculations in 2D materials
Filipe Moura
Entanglement in AdS/CFT
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Lunch
14:00 – 14:45 Van Sérgio
Mass generation and spontaneous symmetry breaking in PQED
João Lopes dos Santos
Title to be defined
14:50 – 15:20 António Costa
Spin dynamics of transition metal adatoms on a 2D topological insulator
Danilo Alves
Effective interactions between charges in plane two-dimensional systems near rough surfaces
15:25 – 15:55 João Pedro Alpuim
Biosensing with graphene
Gonçalo Catarina
Modelling magneto-optical response in TMDs
16:00 – 16:30 André Chaves
Quantum field theory approach to graphene properties: dynamic gap generation and out-of-plane deformation
Bruno Amorim
Electron-electron interaction effects in twisted bilayer graphene
16:35 – 17:05 Joaquín Fernandez-Rossier
Magnons in 2D crystals
Nuno Peres
Squeezing electromagnetic radiation to the ultimate limit
17:10 – 17:40 Cláudia Cardoso
CrI3 Van der Waals Heterostructures
Summary by João Lopes dos Santos
17:45 – 17:55 Summary by Joaquín Fernandez-Rossier

Exploring spin coherence of a single atom: finding a (quantum needle) in a haystack

A team of scientist from the IBM Research Lab at Almaden (San Jose, USA), the IBS-QNS -Institute for Basic Science, Center for Quantum Nanoscience (Seoul, Korea) and the QuantaLab,  INL has been able to carry out a magnetic resonance experiment that probes an individual magnetic atom. This permits them to probe, at the atomic scale, “quantum coherence”, an essential resource in the so called quantum technologies.

Magnetic resonance is a technique that permits to obtain information about biological tissues from the measurement of the magnetic behaviour of atomic nuclei. In a conventional magnetic resonance measurement, such as those carried out at hospitals, it is necessary to integrate the signal coming from, at least, a trillion (1012) atoms.

Being able to probe a individual magnetic atom, is very exciting”, says Joaquín Fernández-Rossier (QuantaLab-INL , a theoretical physicist involved in the work, “this finding provides a deeper understanding of one of the main challenges that we are facing to build quantum computers, namely, to extend the lifetime of quantum coherence”.

These findings have been reported in the prestigious journal Science Advances, edited by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, on February 16 2018.

Magnetic resonance and quantum coherence. In a conventional magnetic resonance experiment, atoms are prepared in a quantum state in which their magnetic moments is pointing out, at the same time, in two opposite directions. The phenomenon that enables the existence of this type of state, impossible at the macroscopic scale, is known as quantum coherence. In their experiment, the research team was able to measure the lifetime of the quantum coherence of an individual atom.

Mechanism of loss of coherence. In this case, the resonance experiment entails electrical current going through the individual atom. In other words, the atom is being bombarded by electrons.The pace at which this happens determines the lifetime of the aforementioned coherent superposition state: the larger the current, the shorter the lifetime of the quantum coherence.

A microscope to “see” atoms. The tool that makes this experiment possible is the Scanning Electron Tunnelling Microscope, that contains a sharp metallic tip that is approached to the atoms of surface, in ultra-high vacuum and very low temperatures. This tool, used in many labs to visualise individual atoms, in a way that resembles the way visually impaired people uses a white cane, can in addition be used to excite and detect the magnetic resonance of individual atoms.

An ongoing collaboration.  This work is part of an ongoing collaboration between  the teams at IBM Almaden,  QNS-IBS and  the group of J. Fernández-Rossier at QuantaLab-INL.  A few months after another publication in Physical Review Letters, where the same team demonstrated the manipulation of couples of atoms on a surface, using the same technique

Probing quantum coherence in single-atom electron spin resonance
P. Willke, W. Paul, F. D. Natterer, K. Yang, Y. Bae, T.Choi, J. Fernández-Rossier,, A. J. Heinrich, and C. P. Lutz
SCIENCE  ADVANCES  : Vol. 4, no. 2, eaaq1543 FEB 16  2018

Engineering the Eigenstates of Coupled Spin-1/2 Atoms on a Surface
Yang, Kai; Bae, Yujeong; Paul, William; et al.
PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS Volume: 119 Issue: 22 Article Number: 227206 Published: NOV 29 2017




Scheme of the experimental setup. An STM tip (grey balls) is placed on top of an individual iron (Fe) atom, placed on a surface. Reproduced from Science Advances

QuantaLab Workshop 2017


QuantaLab workshop 2017

QuantaLab workshop 2017, will take place next September 12 &13 at INL (Braga, Portugal).  The workshop is open for participation of QuantaLab members as well as a limited amount of  external participants.


The workshop will cover several topics within the broad interests of QuantaLab (quantum technologies and quantum materials), with emphasis in 2D  materials ( electronically ordered phases, synthesis, optical properties, and their potential application in quantum technologies).

Link to Complete program and schedule

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  • Pablo Alonso (U. Oviedo, Spain)
  • Andrés Castellanos-Gómez (ICMM-CSIC, Spain)
  • Marcos Curty ( U. Vigo, Spain)
  • Eunézio Antônio de Souza (MackGraphene Research Centre, Brazil)
  • Andrés Gómez  (CESGA, Spain)
  • Dmitri Efetov (ICFO, Spain)
  • Antía Lamas Linares (TACC, UT Austin, USA)
  • Miguel Moreno Ugeda (CIC Nanogune, Spain)
  • Thomas Pedersen (Aalborg University, DK)
  • Francisco Rivadulla (U. Santiago, Spain)


  • Joaquín Fernández Rossier (INL)
  • Nuno M. R. Peres (UM)


Registration in the workshop, filling the form below,  is required.

Registration Deadline:  August 15st



QuantaLab seminar “1D physics in metallic line defects of the semiconductor MoSe2”

Next  May 16, Tuesday,  at 10:30 we have a QuantaLab Seminars at the INL conference room.

1D physics in metallic line defects of the semiconductor MoSe2

 Professor J. M. P. Carmelo1, 2

 (1) Department of Physics, University of Minho, P-4710-057 Braga, Portugal

(2) Center of Physics of University of Minho and University of Porto, P-4169-007 Oporto, Portugal


Material line defects in the 2D van der Waals layered semiconductor MoSe2 are 1D structures [1]. Quantum wires and junctions can be isolated in line defects of other transition metal dichalcogenides, which may enable quantum transport measurements and devices.

At low temperatures our scanning tunnelling microscopy and angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies find a charge-density wave state for the MoSe2 twin-grain boundaries and that at T _ 300K they exhibit features characteristic of a 1D metal. Our theoretical study uses a pseudofermion representation that was originally introduced for 1D integrable correlated quantum problems [2,3]. The universality of some properties in both integrable and non-integrable 1D correlated models [1] allows the use of such a representation for finite-energy ! windows in the vicinity of the cusps of the one-particle spectral function of non-integrable correlated problems, which are extensions of corresponding integrable models. Specifically, we use that universality to generate from the pseudofermion dynamical theory of the conventional 1D Hubbard model [3] a corresponding renormalised theory for that model with additional electron finite-range interactions [1]. The experimental spectral line splits into distinctive spin-like and charge-like spectral features. Their dispersions and (k, w)-plane weight distributions are found to exactly follow those predicted by the non-integrable 1D Hubbard model with suitable electron finite-range interactions associated with the exponent _ _ 0.78 found experimentally for the density of states suppression, |!|_.


[1] Y. Ma, H. C. Diaz, J. Avila, C. Chen, V. Kalappattil, R. Das, M.-H. Phan, T. ˇCadeˇz, J. M. P. Carmelo, M. C. Asensio, and M. Batzill
Nature Communications 8, 14231 doi: 10.1038/ncomms14231 (2017).

Open access in


[2] J. M. P. Carmelo and T. Prosen
Nuclear Physics B 914, 62-98 (2017).

Open access in

[3]  J. M. P. Carmelo and T. ˇCadeˇz
Nuclear Physics B 914, 461-552 (2017).

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INL new Group Leader, Zhongchang Wang

Zhongchang Wang, formerly associate professor in Tohoku University, started on March 1st as Senior Staff Researcher at INL. Zhongchang is going to  lead the newly established  group of Atomic Manipulation for Quantum Nanotechnology, at INL.   He is going to work on structure-property interplay of two-dimensional materials and nanomaterials at the atomic scale so as to fulfill atomic manipulation of quantum nanostructures through combining electron microscopy, spectroscopy, first-principles calculations and property assessment.

Zhongchang Wang received a Master degree from Chongqing University in China (2004) and a Ph. D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Tokyo in Japan (2007) where he worked on elucidation of switching meachism of atomic switches. He thereafter spent two years (2008-2009) as a postdoctoral research associate at Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University (Japan) and subsequently three years (2010-2013) as an assistant professor in the same institution. In 2013, he was promoted to associate professor at Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University. In 2016, he was also a visiting scientist at University College London (UCL), UK. In Tohoku University, he conducted both experiments and first-principles calculations with a special attention on defects and interfaces in functional materials and on how they mediate material property shift at atomic scale, aimed at tackling fundamental material issues in a broad range of functional material systems. He has made contribution to the fields of atomic structures of materials, phases and interfaces and their correlation with physico-chemical properties by merging the state-of-the-art (scanning) transmission electron microscopy with density-functional theory calculations. He has received a total of 17 research grants from Japanese government and companies, and (co-) authored over 180 peer-reviewed SCI-indexed papers in Nature, Nat. Nanotech., Nat. Commun. Adv. Mater., Angew Chemie, Phys. Rev., Appl. Phys. Lett. etc. Moreover, he has also delivered over 30 invited talks in international conferences and received several awards from Japan and USA.



Seminar March 2: Towards Next Generation of Computing, Dr. Walter Riess

The QuantaLab is organising a talk by  Dr. Walter Riess –Head of the Science & Technology department at IBM Research – Zurich.
When:  next March 2 (2017),  Thursday,  at 11h

TITLE: Towards Next Generation of Computing

ABSTRACT: In the past decades the evolution of Information Technology has been governed by an exponential growth (Moore’s law) enabling continued economic, social and even political disruptions. However, as Moore’s law fades, progress will be less metronomic, nevertheless computers and other devices will continue to become more powerful. In my talk I will give brief insights towards the future of computing, addressing recent and future developments in conventional computing and new computing paradigms (neuromorphic & quantum computing).

Dr. Walter Riess is Head of the Science & Technology department at IBM Research – Zurich and coordinator of the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center. The Zurich laboratory is home to world-class scientists representing more than 45 nationalities. Cutting-edge research and outstanding scientific achievements — including two Nobel Prizes — are associated with this Lab. The research activities of the Science & Technology department include future device concepts, quantum computing, personalized medicine, mobile health, human body data interfaces and nanotechnology.
Dr. Riess studied physics at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, where which he earned a Ph.D. in 1991 and habilitated in 1996. From 1991 to 1995, he led the Polymeric Light-Emitting Device group of Experimental Physics II at the University of Bayreuth. In 1995, he joined the IBM Research – Zurich Laboratory as a research staff member working on organic light-emitting diodes (LED). In 1998, he became manager of the Display Technology group working on display applications of electroluminescent organic materials, which today are game-changing technologies used in many television displays and mobile devices.
Dr. Riess has received numerous IBM awards and recognitions, among them the prestigious IBM Corporate Patent Portfolio Award in 2005. In 2007, he received a Special Recognition Award from the Society for Information Display for his leading contributions to the design and development of a top-emitting large-area active-matrix organic light-emitting display driven by amorphous silicon thin-film transistors. In 2014 he was named Distinguished Research Staff Member at IBM Research – Zurich.
Dr. Riess has authored and/or coauthored more than 100 scientific papers and holds 70 granted patents. He is a senior member of IEEE, member of the German Physical Society, the Swiss Physical Society, and the Materials Research Society.
Prior to his professional career, Dr. Riess was an internationally ranked judoka. In 1979, he won the bronze medal at the European Judo Championship in Brescia, Italy.