$115M for ORNL Quantum Science Center

Source: The Oak Ridger | Benjamin Pounds | August 27, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Oak Ridge National Laboratory to lead a collaboration charged with developing quantum technologies that will usher in a new era of innovation.

The United States aims to invest $765 million over the next five years in a dozen scientific centers dedicated to the study of artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information science (QIS), such as quantum computing, the White House announced Wednesday, according to Science magazine. Private tech companies such as IBM, Google, and Intel will also contribute to the twin pushes, which call for a total of more than $1 billion in research investment.

The Quantum Science Center, led by ORNL, will receive $115 million over five years from DOE’s Office of Science to realize the potential of topological quantum materials for manipulating, transferring and storing quantum information,” according to an ORNL news release. Quantum materials exhibit exotic properties under specific conditions, and the center will transition this knowledge to the private sector for use in practical applications such as quantum computers and sensors.

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