Quantum Mechanics is the science that governs the behavior of the universe at the atomic (and smaller) length scales as well as often setting fundamental limits on how accurately even some macroscopic quantities can be measured.  Science at this scale controls chemistry and the behavior of materials, and as such the vast industries associated with electronics and digital information can quite rightly be identified as truly a “Quantum Revolution” in technology.  Over the last several years, it has become clear that revolutionary new technologies can be realized by exploiting the most mysterious aspects of Quantum Mechanics: the inherent non-local quantum mechanical correlations, known as entanglement. When properly harnessed, entanglement may enable revolutionary technologies that are likely to launch what has come to be known as the “Second Quantum Revolution.” The general area of research related to this coming revolution has fallen under a field known as Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE), and this is the field in which this center (QSEc) will have an impact.

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Pictures of individual trapped ions that act as quantum bits

Researchers at IU are engaged in several different projects in QISE, and QSEc has been formed to help coordinate the diverse range of research in this field on this campus, and to expand the opportunities for new research directions at the interfaces among those activities. Researchers are joining this effort from the Departments of Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry in the College, as well as the Departments of Computer Science and Intelligent Systems Engineering in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.

The goal of IU-QSEc is to enhance interactions among the various QISE activities at Indiana University, and promote connections between campus efforts and parallel efforts in the Midwest to establish Indiana as a leading State in this important new area of science and technology.