Indiana University’s Quantum Science and Engineering Center will investigate possibilities created by the strange properties of quantum theory, particularly the phenomenon known as quantum entanglement. Within the past two decades or so, scientists have realized that entanglement can revolutionize technologies in fields such as cryptography, computing, and the creation of new materials and sensors. These recent developments hold such promise that some refer to them as the start of the “second quantum revolution.”
The center reflects the important contributions IU is making to this second quantum revolution. The first revolution was the development of quantum mechanics and the 20th-century technologies it made possible, such as lasers and semiconductors.
The U.S. government has endorsed the vast potential of quantum science research with passage of the National Quantum Initiative Act to “accelerate quantum research and development for the economic and national security of the United States.”
“There is significant quantum-related research going at IU in physics, mathematics, chemistry and informatics,” said David Baxter, co-leader of the Quantum Science and Engineering Center, and professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. “A number of these efforts are world-class, and the collaborations made possible by the new center will only increase their impact.”
Support for the center comes from the IU Bloomington Emerging Areas of Research program, which contributed $3 million toward the center’s creation. The Emerging Areas of Research program and the center are overseen by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington.