Quantum information science research gets $3.5M funding boost

August 29, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Quantum information science reesearch gets $3.5M funding boost
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Batavia, IL) has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded it more than $3.5 million to boost research in the fast-emerging field of Quantum Information Science.

As part of a number of grants to national laboratories and universities offered through its Quantum Information Science-Enabled Discovery (QuantISED) program, DOE's round of funding to Fermilab covers several initiatives related to quantum science, including the simulation of advanced quantum devices that will improve quantum computing simulations and the development of novel electronics to work with large arrays of ultracold qubits. It also funds Fermilab's participation in a fourth initiative led by Argonne National Laboratory.

"Few pursuits have the revolutionary potential that quantum science presents," says Fermilab Chief Research Officer Joe Lykken. "Fermilab's expertise in quantum physics and cryogenic engineering is world-class, and combined with our experience in conventional computing and networks, we can advance quantum science in directions that not many other places can."

The projects announced by the Department of Energy, say the researchers, will build on those capabilities, pushing quantum science and technology forward and leading to new discoveries that will enhance the picture of the universe at its smallest scale.

The Fermilab-led initiatives funded through the DOE QuantISED grants include the following:

  • Large Scale Simulations of Quantum Systems on High-Performance Computing with Analytics for High-Energy Physics Algorithms - Fermilab scientists, in collaboration with scientists at Argonne National Laboratory, will use tools from high-energy physics to produce and analyze simulations using high-performance computers at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.
  • Research Technology for Quantum Information Systems - Fermilab scientists and engineers are designing novel electronic circuits as well as massive control and readout electronics to be compatible with quantum devices, such as sensors and quantum qubits.
  • MAGIS-100 – co-led by Stanford University and Fermilab - A new experiment to test quantum mechanics on macroscopic scales of space and time.
  • Quantum Sensors for Wide Band Axion Dark Matter Detection - Initiative led by Argonne National Laboratory to develop specialized detectors that look for photons in the terahertz range.

"Fermilab is well-versed in engineering, algorithmic development, and recruiting massive computational

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