Transforming how we communicate,
compute, and sense our world
The QuantumX initiative at the University of Washington seeks to facilitate and support activities to accelerate quantum discoveries and technologies.
QuantumX faculty and researchers are exploring the following areas:
Hardware, software, and algorithms to realize solutions to problems intractable on classical computers.
Materials development to enable quantum technologies and the study of materials whose properties emerge from quantum interactions
Quantum Communication and Networks
Hardware, software, and algorithms to realize secure communication protected by the laws of quantum mechanics. The development of quantum networks for scaling both communication and computation systems.
Using quantum coherence and entanglement to achieve new limits in sensing
Using controlled quantum systems to simulate materials from small molecules to solids, with applications ranging from more efficient electronics to clean energy.
Quantum Research at the UW
QuantumX steering committee member Dr. Nathan Wiebe, a senior scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Lab and an affiliate professor of physics at the UW, was part of the team that performed a record-breaking simulation of a chemical reaction using Google’s quantum computer. This result was published in the August 28 issue of Science Magazine and paves the way toward quantum chemistry, which would allow scientists to design better batteries or therapeutics for a cleaner and healthier world. Read more about this achievement in this Scientific American feature.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $3 million to establish a NSF Research Traineeship at the University of Washington for graduate students in quantum information science and technology. The new traineeship — known as Accelerating Quantum-Enabled Technologies, or AQET — will make the UW one of just a handful of universities with a formal, interdisciplinary QIST curriculum.
A team led by materials science and engineering professor Peter Pauzauskie used an infrared laser to cool a solid semiconductor by at least 20 degrees C, or 36 F, below room temperature. Their findings were reported in a paper published June 23 in Nature Communications. Lasers that can cool materials could be adapted in the future by scientists from various fields to enhance the performance of quantum sensors.