Advancing Quantum Computing

Multi-institutional Research in Developing Stable Quantum Computing Technology

In late 2019, the W.M. Keck Foundation awarded a grant in the amount of $1 million to fund a collaboration between researchers at the University of Denver's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Department of Physics at the Colorado School of Mines. This inter-university project focuses on the possibilities of using laser light technology to conduct quantum experimentation at room temperature, rather than at ultra-low temperatures.

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About the Project

Spearheaded by the University of Denver's Mark Siemens, along with researchers from the Colorado School of Mines', this grant-funded project seeks to create the tenuous states of quantum matter that can typically only exist at extremely low temperatures, building these light structures directly into a laser beam. Referring to this phenomenon as "topological fluids of light," the researchers intend to use these relatively stable and predictable structures to study the potential for transmitting information using quantum computing.

Andrei Kutateladze, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, believes the collaboration “will undoubtedly move science and technology forward and have major impact on one of the most pressing areas of quantum information science. This partnership between two of the region’s great universities is a new norm; it elevates both schools and the visibility of fundamental sciences programs at DU and Mines.”

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Mark Siemens

Mark Siemens is an associate professor with the University of Denver's Department of Physics & Astronomy. His research focuses on condensed matter physics, optics and phonotonics.