Stanford to help lead new quantum physics research effort

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a $25 million award for a new quantum physics research center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, which will be known as Quantum Systems through Entangled Science and Engineering (Q-SEnSE). MARK KASEVICH, professor of physics and applied physics at the School of Humanities and Sciences, will co-lead the center. JASON HOGAN, an assistant professor of physics, and LEO HOLLBERG, a professor of physics, are also members of the Q-SEnSE research team.

Mark Kasevich (Courtesy Stanford Physics)

The trio will join scientists from eleven other research organizations to better understand the “grand challenges” in quantum physics, such as the impacts of quantum phenomena on measurement science and how quantum sensing aids the discovery of fundamental physics.

Physicist Jun Ye, a fellow in JILA, a partnership between CU Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will be the primary lead for the center.  “We feel really fortunate to have great people from both coasts and up and down the Rocky Mountains on our team,” said Ye. 

The center aims to facilitate the collaboration of physicists with engineers to translate findings from quantum physics into applicable tools. Hogan, Hollberg and Kasevich, for example, are working to advance atom-based technologies and systems for quantum sensing and network applications. 

“We are excited to participate in this Quantum Leap Challenge Institute (QCLI),” Kasevich said, “which will advance scientific, technological educational and industrial foundations for quantum sensors, measurements and networks.”