Bacteria know how to exploit quantum mechanics, UChicago study finds

Bacteria know how to exploit quantum mechanics, UChicago study finds

University of Chicago

March 9, 2021

Photosynthetic organisms harvest light from the sun to produce the energy they need to survive. A new paper published by University of Chicago researchers reveals their secret: exploiting quantum mechanics. The scientists studied a type of microorganism called green sulfur bacteria. These bacteria need light to survive, but even small amounts of oxygen can damage their delicate photosynthetic equipment. So they must develop ways to minimize the damage when the bacterium does encounter oxygen.

For first time, researchers send entangled qubit states through a communication channel

For first time, researchers send entangled qubit states through a communication channel

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

Feb. 24, 2021

In a breakthrough for quantum computing, University of Chicago researchers have sent entangled qubit states through a communication cable linking one quantum network node to a second node. The researchers, based in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) at the University of Chicago, also amplified an entangled state via the same cable first by using the cable to entangle two qubits in each of two nodes, then entangling these qubits further with other qubits in the nodes.

UChicago researcher Hannes Bernien named Sloan Research Fellow

UChicago researcher Hannes Bernien named Sloan Research Fellow

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

February 16, 2021

Asst. Prof. Hannes Bernien has received a prestigious 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships honor early-career U.S. and Canadian researchers whose creativity, innovation, and research have the potential to make significant contributions to their fields. Each year, only 128 are chosen to receive a fellowship from more than 1,000 nominees.

UChicago researchers present seven papers at major quantum theory conference

UChicago researchers present seven papers at major quantum theory conference

UChicago Department of Computer Science

February 5, 2021

This year, the excellence of work by quantum researchers at University of Chicago was recognized at international Conference on Quantum Information Processing, which accepted an impressive seven talks with UChicago authors. The presented research spanned not only several different thrusts of quantum research at UChicago, but also multiple units, including the Department of Computer Science and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering.

UChicago Certificate supports transition to quantum careers

UChicago Certificate supports transition to quantum careers

Chicago Quantum Exchange

January 25, 2020

Last fall, the Chicago Quantum Exchange launched the inaugural session of a new Certificate Program in Quantum Engineering and Technology. The initial session of the four-day intensive program, which is taught by faculty from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, brought together 34 career scientists and engineers seeking a deeper understanding of the basics of quantum information science and its applications. A second session is planned for April 2021.