Quantum for Research

Quantum computing empowers researchers and applied scientists across academia and enterprises to tackle challenges long viewed as intractable—even for today’s supercomputers or best-informed AI.

Hear IBM’s Katie Pizzolato give the facts on quantum computing for research.

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Join our university and
research partners

These leading scientific institutions are collaborating with IBM to chart the path of quantum computing research, development, and education.

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
University of Oxford

As part of the IBM Quantum Network, they take advantage of industry experience and enterprise computing expertise, backed by the world’s premier corporate research organization.

National Taiwan University
NC State University

Case study

The quest to understand what sews the universe together

CERN is using IBM Quantum’s cloud-enabled quantum computing to analyze 1 petabyte of data per second in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)–something that would require 1 million classical CPU cores to do.

IBM Quantum stack

Co-optimization through
the full stack

IBM’s full-stack approach brings the best of IBM’s quantum computing systems, together with extensive software tools and cloud services to carry out and extend your research.

Accelerate quantum research
with IBM Cloud and open
source tools

View of IBM Quantum

Visually build quantum circuits

IBM Quantum Composer provides cloud access to our quantum systems to explore and research quantum. Get started with a drag and drop interface to build circuits, view Qiskit code, and develop algorithms.

Build a quantum circuit in
IBM Quantum Composer
Woman building circuits with IBM Quantum Lab

Prototype applications
on the cloud

Write scripts combining code, equations, visualizations, and narrative text using IBM Quantum Lab, a cloud-enabled programming environment for researchers powered by Qiskit.

Code a quantum program
in Quantum Lab
Screen of code implementing Qiskit

Develop quantum programs in Python

Qiskit is the leading, Python-based software development kit (SDK) for open-source quantum development that allows you to build and deploy applications using powerful quantum services.

Learn more about Qiskit


IBM enables academic researchers to perform advance scientific work in quantum. Gain access to more systems or apply for special awards to complete experiments and publish papers—at no cost to the researcher.

Learn more about IBM Quantum
Researchers Program

Man working on a quantum computer

Featured IBM Publications

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Supervised learning with quantum-enhanced features spaces

Vojtěch Havlíček, Antonio D. Córcoles, Kristan Temme, Aram W. Harrow, Abhinav Kandala, Jerry M. Chow & Jay M. Gambetta

Error mitigation extends the computational reach of a noisy quantum processor

Abhinav Kandala, Kristan Temme, Antonio D. Córcoles, Antonio Mezzacapo, Jerry M. Chow & Jay M. Gambetta

Hardware-efficient Variational Quantum Eigensolver for Small Molecules and Quantum Magnets

Abhinav Kandala, Antonio Mezzacapo, Kristan Temme, Maika Takita, Markus Brink, Jerry M. Chow, Jay M. Gambetta

Quantum advantage with shallow circuits

Sergey Bravyi, David Gosset, Robert König

Demonstration of a quantum error detection code using a square lattice of four superconducting qubits

A. Córcoles, Easwar Magesan, Srikanth J. Srinivasan, Andrew W. Cross, M. Steffen, Jay M. Gambetta, Jerry M. Chow

Three Qubit Randomized Benchmarking

David C. McKay, Sarah Sheldon, John A. Smolin, Jerry M. Chow, Jay M. Gambetta

Validating quantum computers using randomized model circuits

Andrew W. Cross,∗Lev S. Bishop, Sarah Sheldon, Paul D. Nation, and Jay M. Gambetta

Hear from our research

Circuit Sessions with Jay Gambetta

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Circuits in Action - From Industry to Academia

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Benchmarking Quantum Circuits with Sarah Sheldon

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