Representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Meaghan Doherty Myers and Alina Jefremova, visited Riga Technical University on September 14 to gain a better understanding of the Latvian Quantum Initiative.
The Latvian Quantum Initiative aims to support knowledge, skills, technologies, and ideas related to practical applications of quantum physics and quantum information science and technology (QIST).
The scientific enterprise is part of a European effort to develop and apply a range of technologies based on QIST phenomena that will enable the revolutionary development of powerful computers, more secure communications networks, and more precise and accurate sensors, by exploring new ways to acquire, transmit, and process information using quantum mechanics.
Latvia has enjoyed a long and valued partnership with the United States. In fact, July 28, 2022, marked 100 years of diplomatic relations between the strategic allies—as July 28, 1922, was the date Latvia’s flag was first raised by the United States Department of State, thereby recognizing Latvia as an independent democratic country.
Both countries recognize QIST as a critical and emerging technology and are committed to the advancement of all aspects of quantum architecture and the integration of quantum and classical workflows to help tackle some of the most challenging problems we face as a global society.
About the Latvian Quantum Initiative
The Latvian Quantum Initiative is forged on a collaboration between leading scientists and teaching staff at four Latvian institutions —the University of Latvia, Riga Technical University, Institute of Solid State Physics at the University of Latvia, and the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Latvia.
Over the past century, understanding the laws of quantum physics enabled engineers to build the transistor, the laser and other technologies that are now ubiquitous. That was the “Quantum 1.0 revolution,” and Latvia is ready for the “Quantum 2.0 revolution,” including: excellent quantum science as talent magnet for research and high-tech workforce, leadership in quantum software as core competence contribution to Europe’s global competitiveness, national quantum readiness for innovations and technology uptake in photonics, electronics, and communication industries.
The Latvian Quantum Initiative is an exemplar of the way where QIST science policy is going.