Columbia is a partner in national efforts to drive advances in quantum science

Columbia University will partner with scientists from other leading institutions, research laboratories, and industry to accelerate quantum research and unlock the full potential of quantum-based applications to address real-world challenges.

The university has been named a partner in the Department of Energy-funded Co-Design Center for Quantum Benefits (C2QA). The new center will receive up to $ 115 million over five years to develop materials, devices, software and applications that will serve as the platform for the next generation of quantum computing functions.

C2QA, led by Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, is one of five multi-institution research centers established by the DOE Office of Science under the National Quantum Initiative Act of 2018 and a federal program of $ 965 million Facilitating and promoting quantum have started innovation. The program aims to improve national security and economic competitiveness and maintain the country’s global leadership in scientific research and development

“We’re excited to work with the talented, interdisciplinary C2QA team to develop the tools the US needs to develop quantum computers that offer a huge computational advantage,” said Dmitri Basov, professor of physics and one of three leaders Researchers in Columbia C2QA Initiative.

Other leading C2QA researchers from Colombia include Alexander Gaeta and Michal Lipson, professors of applied physics and applied mathematics and electrical engineering at the School of Engineering.

A total of two dozen institutions and more than 70 senior investigators will take part in the C2QA, which will be attended by scientists and engineers from various backgrounds. This multidisciplinary expertise and a network of world-class research institutions will enable the team to jointly design the solutions necessary to build quantum systems that surpass today’s computers.

Gaeta said the Columbia team will focus on developing cutting-edge photonics technology to interface with microwave devices in quantum computers and employing a revolutionary nano-imaging system to study the basic physics of the materials and circuits used in these quantum systems.

“We hope our efforts will help develop quantum systems that lead to breakthroughs in the way we collect, communicate, and process information,” said Gaeta. “Ultimately, such systems offer benefits that could revolutionize the design of new chemical compounds, including drugs, and create highly sensitive sensors that traditional computers and equipment could not achieve.”

Other partner institutions in C2QA besides Columbia are the Ames Laboratory, Caltech, the City College of New York, Harvard University, Howard University, IBM, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, Montana State University, the Ames Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Northwestern University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Princeton University, New York State Polytechnic Institute, Stony Brook University, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington, Virginia Tech and Yale University.

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