The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have announced funding for five new quantum information science centers across the country, in support of the National Quantum Initiative. Caltech faculty will participate in four of the new science centers: the Quantum Systems Accelerator, led by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, also known as Berkeley Lab; the Quantum Science Center, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Q-NEXT, led by Argonne National Laboratory; and the Co-design Center for Quantum Advantage, led by Brookhaven National Laboratory.
The five new centers will develop cutting-edge quantum technologies for use in a wide range of possible applications including scientific computing; fundamental physics and chemistry research; and the design of solar cells and of new materials and pharmaceuticals. To establish the centers, the Department of Energy is awarding $625 million over five years.
“The intersection of information science, materials engineering, and quantum technology is an enormous area of opportunity, and one in which we are investing heavily as an institute,” says Caltech president Thomas F. Rosenbaum, the Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and professor of physics. “Caltech researchers, with their comfort moving between disciplines and helping define new fields, are perfect fits for the national DOE effort in quantum materials, quantum computation, and quantum networking.”
Source: “Caltech Faculty to Advance Future Quantum Science Efforts”, California Institute of Technology