Pierre Favier

System Engineer, Pasqal


After Physics studies in the Magistere of Fundamental Physics at Université Paris-Saclay, I made a PhD in laser-electron interactions in optical cavities at the IJCLab, in Orsay.
I then spent 5 years in the space industry as a technical leader and project manager for various laser systems and star trackers now installed on satellites.
Joining Pasqal in 2022 as a system engineer, I am involved in both the R&D and production teams to improve the performances of the current QPUs and lead the development of various sub-systems for the next generations of machines.


In recent decades, there has been remarkable progress in the control of isolated quantum systems. This mastery of quantum technology has led to its transition from purely fundamental research to potential industrial applications. The development of a functioning quantum computer is among the most ambitious technological goals of our time, with various platforms racing to achieve the best quantum processor. Among these platforms, arrays of neutral atoms held in optical tweezers are emerging as a promising quantum system, capable of both analogue and digital computation. This approach offers high spatial control of individual particles and holds the potential for large scalability. During this presentation, I will introduce the atom-based quantum processors that PASQAL, a spin-off company from the Institut d’Optique, is currently developing. The development of these processors builds upon experimental techniques pioneered by the Quantum Optics group at Laboratoire Charles Fabry. Their groundbreaking work resulted in the creation of a versatile quantum simulation platform capable of generating Hamiltonians using 2D and 3D arrays of single atoms trapped in optical tweezers. These atoms strongly interact with one another when excited to Rydberg levels, enabling the realization of a robust and powerful quantum simulator.

10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday Quantum Computing AM

System Engineer, Pasqal

Quantum computing with arrays of neutral atoms...more info