Fermilab scientists selected as APS fellows


September 29, 2020

Three Fermilab scientists, including several who are part of the Chicago Quantum Exchange community, were selected 2020 APS fellows, a distinction awarded each year to no more than one-half of 1 percent of current APS members by their peers. Fellows include Anna Grassellino and Panagiotis Spentzouris.

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UChicago, Argonne scientists control single subatomic quantum memories in semiconductors

University of Chicago

September 22, 2020

In a new study, scientists at the University of Chicago and Argonne demonstrated control of atomic quantum memories in silicon carbide, a common material found in electric cars and LED light bulbs. Then, they used this control to create an “entangled state,” representing a connection between the quantum memories and electrons trapped in the semiconductor material.

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New Design Principles for Spin-based Quantum Materials

Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering News

September 18, 2020

The Rondinelli Group at Northwestern University has studied design principles of energy-efficient materials to meet the growing demand for resource-intensive technology. These criteria for designing targeted quantum materials could support Internet of Things devices and other ecologically demanding technologies.

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Why The Quantum Internet Could Change Everything, with David Awschalom (Ep. 53)

University of Chicago Big Brains podcast

September 3, 2020
On the latest episode of Big Brains, David Awschalom discusses the importance and progress toward a quantum internet, new massive investments in quantum from the Department of Energy, and he’s hoping to lead the development of this new technology as Chicago emerges as a leading global hub for quantum research. 

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Prof. Fred Chong Named to National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee

University of Chicago Computer Science Department

August 31, 2020

To continue guiding investments in quantum research, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created a new National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC). Among the 23 inaugural members of the committee is UChicago CS Professor Fred Chong, lead investigator of the Enabling Practical-Scale Quantum Computing (EPIQC) collaboration.

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Argonne, Fermilab at Forefront of ‘Transformational’ Quantum Research


September 1, 2020

David Awschalom, Q-NEXT Director, Argonne Senior Scientist, UChicago professor and CQE Director and Anna Grasselino, SQMS center director, and senior scientist and deputy chief technology officer at Fermilab discuss the importance of quantum science, the new national centers awarded by DOE to Argonne and Fermilab and what these new opportunities mean for the Chicago region.

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White House OSTP and DOE Announce the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee

Department of Energy

August 28, 2020

On Aug. 28, 2020, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Department of Energy announced the members of the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee, which will counsel the Administration on ways to ensure continued American leadership in quantum information science. CQE members and partners include: Fred Chong, UChicago; Joe Lykken, Fermilab; James Clarke, Intel; Chad Rigetti, Rigetti Computing; Mark B. Ritter, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center; and Krysta M. Svore, Microsoft Research.

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1 Year In: How P33 Is Giving A Boost To Chicago’s Tech Ecosystem


August 27, 2020

CQE partner P33 is working to grow the city of Chicago into a leading tech hub. Chicago Quantum Exchange Executive Director Kate Timmerman discusses the collective aim of P33 and the Chicago Quantum Exchange to develop Chicago into the nation’s hub for quantum information science.

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A quantum leap for Chicago’s tech economy?

Crain’s Chicago Business

August 26, 2020

Chicago was late to the digitization party but now has a chance to catch the quantum computing wave.

A pair of big-money federal research grants give Chicago a ground-floor opportunity in a technology many expect to transform computing. As my colleague John Pletz reported Aug. 26, Argonne and Fermilab in suburban Chicago are among five national laboratories that will get $115 million apiece for quantum computing research.

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U.S. to spend $625 million in five quantum information research hubs


August 26, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday said it will provide $625 million over the next five years for five newly formed quantum information research hubs as it tries to keep ahead of competing nations like China on the emerging technology.

The funding is part of $1.2 billion earmarked in the National Quantum Initiative Act in 2018.

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Department of Energy selects Argonne, Fermilab to lead two multi-million-dollar national quantum research centers

August 26, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy is establishing five new National Quantum Information Science Research Centers, including a center led by Argonne National Laboratory and a center led by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, which are each projected to receive $115 million in funding over the next five years. Each of these centers has 20 or more national laboratory, university and industry partners, including many members of the Chicago Quantum Exchange.

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IBM Supports Q2Work Education Initiative

IBM Research Blog

August 5, 2020

Q2Work, a National Science Foundation-funded initiative led by the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago provides quantum education, programs, tools, and curricula to K-12 students. The University of Illinois and the University of Chicago, both IBM Q Network members through the Chicago Quantum Exchange, will offer these resources with support from a unique White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and NSF Q-12 partnership with government, academia, and industry.

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Scientists Extend Quantum States by 22 Milliseconds. That’s an Eternity.

Popular Mechanics
August 21, 2020

Molecular engineers at the University of Chicago have found a way to extend the quantum state of a qubit to 22 milliseconds, representing a huge improvement and a window some say will make quantum computers far more feasible. The secret is an alternating magnetic field, which they say is scientifically “intricate” but easy to apply.

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U.S. Department of Energy Unveils Blueprint for the Quantum Internet

July 23, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled a report today, July 23, which lays out a blueprint strategy for the development of a national quantum internet, bringing the United States to the forefront of the global quantum race and ushering in a new era of communications. This report provides a pathway to ensure the development of the National Quantum Initiative Act, which was signed into law by President Trump in December of 2018.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, UW-Madison, UChicago to partner in $25M NSF quantum information institute

July 22, 2020

The NSF has announced a new institute that will explore new ways to create and connect quantum computers and networks. Established with a $25 million, five-year award, the new Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks (HQAN) will be headquartered at The Grainger College of Engineering’s Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (IQUIST).

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