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Purdue University to Launch Quantum Photonics R&D Center
Oct 2015
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Oct. 6, 2015 — Purdue University is preparing to launch a new science and technology center focused on quantum photonics.

Potential applications for technology to be developed at the Purdue Quantum Center include advanced quantum computers and Internet technology, compact and ultraprecise sensors for medical diagnostics and homeland security, and miniature chip-based devices for positioning and navigation instruments.

Researchers from the university's College of Science will focus on fundamental research, while researchers from the College of Engineering will focus on creating devices based on quantum technology.

"One goal of the center is to create a synergistic atmosphere for research in quantum science and technology," said professor Vladimir M. Shalaev, scientific director of nanophotonics at Purdue's Birck Nanotechnology Center.

Quantum photonics involves harnessing single photons to dramatically increase the performance of computers, sensors and other devices. Researchers will work on quantum computers which use quantum bits, or qubits, to increase the capacity to process, store and transmit information.

"The challenge is how to keep this very fragile quantum superposition entangled for as long as possible," Shalaev said.

Other fields of study include metamaterials, spintronics, and atomic and molecular optics.

The Purdue Quantum Center will open during the university’s International Workshop on Quantum Control of Light and Matter on Oct. 13 and 14.

"This kickoff workshop will bring together an illustrious group of scientists specializing in diverse areas of quantum physics," Shalaev said. "The primary goal is to brainstorm future directions for the field, which will have a profound impact on society in the years to come … The next technological revolution will be quantum, and we want to be part of that, rather than just observing what's going on."

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