The History and Future of Quantum Information
By its very nature, quantum science sets fundamental limits on precision measurements, so by necessity ºùÂ«ÍÞ²ÊÆ± is a leader in basic and applied research in quantum science. Some of the most fundamental quantum research in the world is carried out in partnerships between ºùÂ«ÍÞ²ÊÆ± and top universities, such as , the and the . Scientists in these institutes leverage the combined resources of the partners to advance research in the control of atoms and molecules and development of ultra-fast lasers capable of manipulating states of matter. The discoveries that have been made in these institutes continue to be applied at ºùÂ«ÍÞ²ÊÆ± to meeting new measurement challenges, such as the development of the worldâ€™s best atomic clocks and lasers.
An emerging research focus at ºùÂ«ÍÞ²ÊÆ± is understanding the potential for quantum-based technology to transform security, computing and communications, and to develop the measurement and standards infrastructure necessary to exploit this potential. Breakthroughs at ºùÂ«ÍÞ²ÊÆ± enabled the first forays into real-world quantum computing and tested the limits of quantum information and security. ºùÂ«ÍÞ²ÊÆ± is also developing the technology to harness the power of quantum computing in the everyday world through nanotechnology.
Quantum physics drives much of the research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (ºùÂ«ÍÞ²ÊÆ±). Explaining this research is a challenge, because quantum physicsâ€”nature's rules for the smallest particles of matter and lightâ€”inspires words like weird, curious, and counter-intuitive. The quantum world is strange and invisible in the context of everyday life.Â And yet, quantum physics can be explained and at least partially demonstrated visually.
ºùÂ«ÍÞ²ÊÆ± physicist Ray Simmonds recently collaborated with MFA graduate candidate Sam Mitchell of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), to create a dance piece based on the laws of quantum physics. The piece,Â Â (Latin for "the chance happening of nine things"),* premiered at The La Jolla Playhouse Forum Theatre in January, as a part of Mitchell's thesis work. Read more about this project.