(FNAL.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced the launch of the Fermilab Quantum Institute, which will bring all of the lab’s quantum science projects under one umbrella. This new enterprise signals Fermilab’s commitment to this burgeoning field, working alongside scientific institutions and industry partners from around the world.
The Fermilab Quantum Institute will enable the laboratory to bring all of its quantum projects together and to attract new people and new ideas. Scientists and engineers at Fermilab already work with companies and institutions at the vanguard of quantum research, and the Quantum Institute will only strengthen the laboratory’s support of those partnerships.
Fermilab’s new Quantum Institute website explains the purpose of the new endeavor:
**Using technology developed for superconducting particle accelerators to vastly improve qubit systems, including those used for future quantum computers.
**Developing ways to convey information across large distances with entangled particles.
**Improving quantum sensors for many applications and deploying them to potentially detect dark matter and give us new insights into the universe.
**Writing algorithms that can simulate subatomic interactions on quantum computers, with many other uses outside of physics.
**Developing methods to use quantum computing to improve data analysis and theoretical calculations.