UNM Receives NSF Award for Advancement of Quantum Science and Engineering Research: UNM Newsroom

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded researchers from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the University of Delaware (UD) a $4 million Track 2 grant from the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to advance research in the field of quantum photonics technology Establishment of a graduate program in quantum science and engineering at UNM.

The Laying the Foundation for Scalable Quantum Photonic Technologies award is presented by Principal Investigator Ganesh Balakrishnan, Director of the NM EPSCoR and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNM, in collaboration with UNM researchers Tara Drake, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Terefe Habteyes, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Marek Osinski, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, alongside the faculty of UD. The research will be based in the Center for High Technology Materials at UNM. Ellen Fisher, UNM Vice President for Research, praised the new award as exceptionally timely.

“This award fits well with UNM’s recent efforts with Sandia National Labs and other partners to build on our recognized history in the field of quantum information science and technology,” said Fisher. “The EPSCoR Track 2 grant builds on the success of CHTM to date and will help transform New Mexico into a quantum state, including serving as the central hub for our nation’s future quantum workforce.”

The new graduate program will be modeled after UD’s QSE program. The recently established UD program has proven to be extremely successful, adopting an approach that introduces students to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and information processing through hands-on, project-based learning. A portion of the UNM funding will support Native American students with assistantships in quantum photonics research to explore career opportunities in quantum science.

The power of light…
Quantum Information promises revolutionary advances in computing, communication and sensing. Through this funding, researchers from both institutions will develop a new method to fabricate quantum photonic emitters, which are LED-like devices that generate photonic qubits, the fundamental unit of information in quantum science. PI Balakrishnan is excited about the opportunities to make significant breakthroughs in this program: “UNM and UD have been at the forefront of quantum materials research for over three decades, bringing quantum materials into everyday consumer-level technologies.”

New Mexico EPSCoR is funded by the National Science Foundation to build the state’s capacity to conduct scientific research while nurturing a diverse, well-skilled STEM workforce.

For more information, see NM EPSCoR.

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