creating quantum computers
atom by atom

Our processors use atoms in artificial crystals of light:
the fastest way to scale to useful quantum advantage.

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planqc in a nutshell

planqc in a nutshell

  1. planqc's quantum computers store information in individual atoms – nature's best qubits. Quantum information is processed by arranging these qubits in highly scalable arrays and manipulating them with precisely controlled laser pulses. planqc’s unique combination of quantum technologies is the fastest way to scale to thousands of qubits, a prerequisite for industry-relevant quantum advantage.
  2. planqc's founding team combines decades of international research on neutral-atom quantum technologies. Our quantum computers are built on the precision of the world’s best atomic clocks, the world’s best quantum gas microscopes, and high-speed Rydberg gates.
  3. planqc is the first startup to emerge from the Munich Quantum Valley, which with its vast network of research institutes and industrial partners fosters a unique quantum ecosystem for startups.

atoms for quantum computing

Identical qubits
Qubits encoded in neutral atoms are identical by nature and thus are highly scalable
Flexible connectivity
Atoms can be arranged in large one-, two- and three-dimensional geometries and can be individually addressed using advanced quantum gas microscopes
Rydberg interations
Fast gates
Highly excited Rydberg states enable fast two-qubit gates using laser light
Extreme coherence
Quantum information can be stored in atomic qubits for seconds because they are well protected from the environment

planqc history

  • Vacuum chamber
    2008Optical clock qubit
    Optical lattice clock using strontium optical qubit surpasses the cesium standard (Sebastian Blatt) The absolute frequency of the Sr-87 optical clock transition
  • Quantum gas microscope
    2011Quantum gas microscope
    Single atoms in optical lattices are detected and controlled with a quantum gas microscope (Immanuel Bloch) Single-spin addressing in an atomic Mott insulator
  • Rydberg atoms
    2015Rydberg atoms
    More than one hundred atoms in a lattice are entangled with a gate based on Rydberg interactions (Johannes Zeiher)
  • Lattice cavity
    2021Scaling up optical lattices
    Cavity-enhanced optical lattices enable scaling up the number of qubits
    (Sebastian Blatt) Cavity-enhanced optical lattices for scaling neutral atom quantum technologies
  • Since 2021
  • MQV
    Munich Quantum Valley is founded
    planqc is founded as the first Munich Quantum Valley startup by Alexander Glätzle, Sebastian Blatt, Johannes Zeiher, Lukas Reichsöllner, Ann-Kristin Achleitner, and Markus Wagner
  • seed investors
    planqc closes funding round led by UVC Partners and Speedinvest.
  • Creative Destruction Lab
    planqc graduates from
    Creative Destruction Lab startup incubator as the winner of the
    2022 Quantum Stream

planqc executive team

Alexander Glätzle
Alexander Glätzle
Co-founder & CEO
Sebastian Blatt
Sebastian Blatt
Co-founder & CTO
Johannes Zeiher
Johannes Zeiher
Co-founder &
Principal Scientist
Lukas Reichsöllner
Lukas Reichsöllner
Co-founder &
Head of hardware
Ann-Kristin Achleitner
Ann-Kristin Achleitner
Co-founder & Financial expert
Markus Wagner
Markus Wagner
Co-founder &
Business strategist
Immanuel Bloch
Immanuel Bloch
Scientific Advisor
J. Ignacio Cirac
J. Ignacio Cirac
Scientific Advisor
Dieter Jaksch
Dieter Jaksch
Scientific Advisor

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  • 2022-06-30 Handelsblatt features planqc as the start-up which raises hopes to build the first quantum computer made in Germany. Millionen für Quantencomputer: Start-up Planqc macht Hoffnung auf deutschen Hightech-Standort
  • 2022-06-09 Handelsblatt, Germany’s leading business newspaper, features planqc based on interviews by Larissa Holzki with Sebastian Blatt and Ignacio Cirac.
  • 2021-12-22 Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs gets a lab tour by Sebastian Blatt at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics. Hubert Aiwanger in the lab of Sebastian Blatt
  • 2021-11-15 Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of the largest newspapers in Germany, features an article based on interviews by Helmut Martin-Jung with Sebastian Blatt and Ignacio Cirac. .
  • 2021-09-16 Angela Merkel, German chancellor, and Markus Söder, Bavarian prime minister, visit Immanuel Bloch's labs at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics and get a lab tour by Johannes Zeiher. Angela Merkel and Markus Söder visit MPQ

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