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Creating the Heart of a Quantum Computer: Developing Qubits

[February 10, 2020, US Dept. of Energy] A computer is suspended from the ceiling. Delicate lines and loops of silvery wires and tubes connect gold-colored platforms. It seems to belong in a science-fiction movie, perhaps a steam-punk cousin of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. But as the makers of that 1968 movie imagined computers the size of a spaceship, this technology would have never crossed their minds – a quantum computer…


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From Qubits to Climate Change: Northwestern Quantum Experts See Powerful Potential

[January 21, 2020, Northwestern University] Imagine there are 20 playing cards laying side-by-side and face down on a table in front of you. You know that one of them is the queen of hearts, but you don’t know which one. To find it, you probably would start turning over the cards one by one. A modern-day computer is designed to take the same approach in solving this problem, albeit much faster than a human. But what if you could find the queen of hearts on the first try every time? This is the type of power enabled by quantum computing…

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Optical Society Announces New Editors-in-Chief for Three of its High-Quality Journals

[January 9, 2020, OSA] The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to welcome Prem Kumar as the new editor-in-chief of Optica. Kumar is professor of information technology in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Center for Photonic Communication and Computing in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, U.S.A…

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Northwestern Part of New DOE Quantum Collaboration

[November 13, 2019, Northwestern University] Northwestern University will be a partner institution in a $3.2 million research initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The effort, in conjunction with Fermilab and others, will develop designs for transparent optical quantum networks and demonstrate their operation in the greater Chicago area…

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Northwestern Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Teleportation using a Chemical Reaction

[September 27, 2019, Northwestern University] A team of Northwestern University researchers are the first to document the role chemistry will play in next generation computing and communication. By applying their expertise to the field of Quantum Information Science (QIS), they discovered how to move quantum information on the nanoscale through quantum teleportation—an emerging topic within the field of QIS. Their findings were published in the journal, Nature Chemistry, on September 23, 2019 and have untold potential to influence future research and application…

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[Paper] 2D Materials for Quantum Information Science

[August 19, 2019, Nature Reviews Materials] By focusing on the interplay between quantum physics and materials science, Northwestern researchers Xiaolong Liu and Mark C. Hersam identify key opportunities and challenges for the use of 2D materials in the field of quantum information science…

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Northwestern Physicists Reveal New Understanding Of Quantum Mechanics In Circuits

[August 16, 2019, Northwestern University] Researchers at Northwestern’s Center for Applied Physics and Superconducting Technologies publish a major advancement on the quantum theory of electrical circuits…

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Northwestern Professor Receives DOE Funding for Quantum Information Science Research

[August 12, 2019, Northwestern University] Michael R. Wasielewski, Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University and Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy, will receive $1.5 million over three years from the Department of Energy (DOE) for research toward the development of new Quantum Information Science (QIS). His award is a part of a total of $37 million in DOE funding granted to some 20 projects selected through competitive peer review for targeted research in materials and chemistry…

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Department of Energy Announces $37 Million for Materials and Chemistry Research in Quantum Information Science

[July 24, 2019, US Dept. of Energy] The US Department of Energy announced $37 million in funding for targeted research in materials and chemistry to advance the important emerging field of Quantum Information Science. Michael R. Wasielewski, Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, received funding for his proposal “Systems for Transducing Entanglement between Photons and Electron Spins”…

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Chemist Danna Freedman Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

[July 12, 2019, Northwestern University] Established in 1996, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) honors the contributions of scientists and engineers in the advancement of science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM) through scientific education, community outreach and public education. It is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Freedman, along with four other Northwestern faculty members, received the prestigious award in 2019…

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Boeing, Applied Materials and Others Join New Corporate Partnership Program

[July 8, 2019, CQE] The Chicago Quantum Exchange, a growing intellectual hub for the research and development of quantum technology, has expanded its community to include new industry partners working at the forefront of quantum technology and research. These corporate partners are Boeing, Applied Materials, Inc., ColdQuanta, Inc., HRL Laboratories LLC and Quantum Opus LLC…

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Linked with permission from UChicago/CQE.  Northwestern University is a member of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, via the Initiative at Northwestern for Quantum Information Research and Engineering.

Leading Universities Partner with IBM to Accelerate Joint Research and Drive Educational Opportunities in Quantum Computing

IBM announced the expansion of the IBM Q Network to include a number of global universities with the intent to partner with IBM to accelerate joint research in quantum computing, and develop curricula to help prepare students for careers that will be influenced by this next era of computing, across science and business.

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Northwestern University Joins the Chicago Quantum Exchange

Northwestern joins forces with the University of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in enhancing a national leading collaboration in the rapidly emerging field of quantum information.

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Northwestern Launches INQUIRE (Initiative at Northwestern for Quantum Information Research and Engineering)

[May 13, 2019, Northwestern University] Northwestern has launched a new interdisciplinary initiative to integrate and advance its strengths in quantum science, a field that promises to transform communications, security, metrology, sensing and computing…

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Freedman Receives ACS Award in Pure Chemistry

[September 17, 2018, Northwestern University] Professor Danna Freedman has received the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry for her joint contributions to developing a molecular approach to quantum information science and harnessing diamond anvil cells as tiny, transparent synthetic vessels to create new chemical bonds…

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Engineers and Chemists Awarded $3.6 M to Study Quantum Computing

A group of Northwestern University chemists and engineers has been awarded $3.6 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to support their work of creating better qubits, the smallest unit of a quantum computer.

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Controlling Quantum Interactions in a Single Material

[February 5, 2018, Northwestern University] Professor James Rondinelli and an international team of theoretical and computational researchers have demonstrated that multiple quantum interactions can coexist in a single material, the team also discovered how an electric field can be used to control these interactions to tune the material’s properties. This work is published in Nature Communications…

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DOE Quantum Networks for Open Science Workshop

Led by Professor Prem Kumar, DOE convened a half-day roundtable meeting attended by multi-discipline experts in classical optical networks, quantum information processing, and computer science from academia, national labs, and government on December 4, 2017, to discuss and explore the potential of quantum networks in the DOE open science infrastructure. 

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NSF Workshop: Quantum Information and Computation for Chemistry

Led by Professor Michael Wasielewski, this report summarizes the NSF Workshop in Quantum Information and Computation for Chemistry held in Fall 2016. The workshop assembled experts from directly quantum-oriented fields such as algorithms, chemistry, machine learning, optics, simulation, and metrology, as well as experts in related fields such as condensed matter physics, biochemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic and organic chemistry, and spectroscopy.

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