Rafael Chaves


Rafael Chaves, self-described as a quantum information hacker, is dedicated to exploring the application of quantum knowledge in computing. With a solid foundation in physics, Chaves earned his doctorate at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and specialized further during post-doctoral stints at three international institutions: the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Spain in 2012, and both the University of Köln and the University of Freiburg in Germany in 2016. For Chaves, the greatest challenge of quantum physics lies in navigating the uncertainties it presents. Through his research, he aspires to broaden the horizons of computing, with a particular emphasis on the realm of cryptography.


A Causal Approach to Quantum Information (CausalQI)

This project intersects two contemporary and interdisciplinary research areas. Quantum information, which leverages quantum systems such as photons and superconductors for more efficient and secure information processing, is one of these areas. The other is the emerging theory of causality, which aims to decipher causal relationships from empirical data. The primary objective of this project is to develop the necessary concepts and tools to comprehend causality in quantum mechanics. This understanding will shed light on its incompatibility with our intuitive perception of cause and effect. This novel perspective will enable us to explore new regimes in information processing, particularly those involving complex patterns of causal interactions.

Amount invested

1st phase: R$ 100,000.00
2nd phase: R$ 1,000,000.00 (R$ 700,000.00 + R$ 300,000.00 optional bonus for the integration and training of people from underrepresented groups in science)

Open Calls

Science Call 1
  • Topics
  • Quantum computing
  • Quantum information
  • theoretical physics
  • Theory of causality