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Berkeley Lab to Push Quantum Information Science Frontiers With New Programs in Computing, Physics, Materials, and Chemistry

A series of DOE Office of Science awards announced today significantly expand Berkeley Lab’s efforts in quantum information science – an area of research that harnesses the phenomenon of quantum coherence, in which two or more particles are so tightly entangled that a change to one simultaneously affects the other. Quantum information science seeks to utilize this phenomenon to hold, transmit, and process information, which could lead to transformational advances in computing, detectors, and many other applications.

The awards span several research areas across Berkeley Lab and are from three program offices within the Office of Science: the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), and the Office of High Energy Physics (HEP).

Among the highlights:

Berkeley Lab will receive $30 million over five years from ASCR to build and operate an Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT) for exploring superconducting quantum processors and evaluating how these emerging quantum devices can be utilized to advance scientific research. Go here to read a news release that provides more detail on the AQT.

The Molecular Foundry received two awards from BES to develop research infrastructure to advance quantum information science. In one project, Molecular Foundry scientists will create a “nanofabrication cluster toolset,” or an integrated suite of high-fidelity instruments that will allow users to investigate the fundamental limits of state-of-the-art quantum systems. The second project will develop and integrate a unique suite of electron-beam-based metrology techniques.

Go here to read a news release on all of the QIS awards received by Berkeley Lab, including the Molecular Foundry awards and other awards from BES.

From HEP, a multidisciplinary team led by Berkeley Lab will develop sensors that enlist the seemingly weird properties of quantum physics to probe for dark matter particles in new ways, with increased sensitivity and in previously unexplored energy regimes. Other Berkeley Lab-involved HEP research projects will apply quantum information science to particle physics, computation, and research technologies. Go here to read a news release that provides more detail on the HEP awards.

The awards are the result of a longstanding commitment to quantum information science at Berkeley Lab, where the research area is a strategic initiative and is strongly supported by Laboratory Directed Research and Development investment.