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Dr. Benjamin Lilienthal-Uhlig

Microelectronics meets Quantum Computing – An Overview of Fraunhofer’s Approach

May 30 (Thursday), 2024
11:30 am to 12:30 pm (EDT)
Virtual via Zoom

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Abstract: Quantum computers have the potential to exceed the limits of conventional computing systems, and fields like medicine, logistics, materials development, and cryptography could experience tremendous advances in the coming years. Although there are already many different approaches to quantum computing, currently only a few application-relevant complete systems and, most importantly, industry-compatible manufacturable concepts with high scaling potential exist. Dr. Lilienthal-Uhlig will discuss how the field of microelectronics can enable future large scale quantum computing systems and how the existing infrastructure and competencies of Fraunhofer can be utilized through current R&D projects. Additionally, this talk will give an overview over the current German and European quantum computing activities and networks.

Biography: Dr. Benjamin Lilienthal-Uhlig is a scientific manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS). He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Technical University of Dresden. Afterwards he joined IPMS as a post-doc, working on back-end-of-line (BEOL) process integration for plasma etch and wet cleans. He later became the group manager of the Interconnects research group, working on metallization and nanopatterning topics. Since 2020, Dr. Lilienthal-Uhlig has led the Next Generation Computing business unit, focusing on several topics like hardware for neuromorphic computing, spintronics, and quantum computing. Overall, his scientific focus is on: (a) Scale-up of advanced material, process and integration into industrial high volume fabrication; (b) semiconductor and microelectronic areas of interconnects, and BEOL metrology and analytics; (c) Overseeing Fraunhofer IPMS’ quantum computing program; (d) Looking at computing paradigms beyond classical CMOS (neuromorphic computing, spintronics, quantum computing, ….)