(EurekaAlert) Three University of Arizona engineers are part of the newly established $115 million Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center, led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab. The center aims to build a quantum computer and develop quantum sensors that could lead to discoveries about dark matter and other elusive subatomic particles.
“The SQMS Center will combine the theoretical and experimental expertise of individual research groups to advance long-term success of quantum technologies,” said Bane Vasi?, professor of electrical and computer engineering and mathematics and a member of the university’s BIO5 Institute.
The Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center is part of a $625 million federal program to foster quantum innovation in the United States. Total planned Department of Energy funding for the center is $115 million over five years, with $15 million in fiscal year 2020 and future funding contingent on congressional appropriations. Center partners are contributing an additional $8 million in matching funds over five years.