Sandia National Labs Academic Alliance Collaboration Report 2020-2021


Ivan Deutsch

Ivan Deutsch, UNM CQuIC Director, stated, “Curiosity-driven research has led to radical new technologies, and new knowledge and understanding drove the development of new experimental tools and rigorous theory, which defined the road map for second- wave quantum technologies. As technology has matured, the race to develop and commercialize near-term applications has accelerated.” Deutsch notes that as the QIS industry ramps up, continuous feedback between basic science and technology will be essential in helping to answer questions about how much quantum complexity can be generated with a NISQ device and what conditions are needed for a true quantum advantage.

in materials and chemistry. In addition to furthering research that is critical to DOE’s missions, this foundational work will give industry partners a toolset to expedite the development of commercial technologies. The UNM Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC) is instrumental in growing New Mexico’s participation and helping the National Quantum Initiative to extend the reach of QIS in pioneering new practical advances in quantum systems. CQuIC continues to strengthen partnerships with adjunct faculty from Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratory who provide a broader focus for CQuIC’s quantum information science (QIS) research, as well as employment opportunities for CQuIC graduate students. Ivan Deutsch, UNM Regents’ Professor and CQuIC director said of the center, “The QSA will catalyze national leadership in QIS to co-design the algorithms, quantum devices, and engineering solutions needed to deliver certified quantum advantage in DOE scientific applications.” UNM is also a part of the Quantum Systems through Entangled Science and Engineering (Q-SEnSE) institute, funded by the National Science Foundation through its Quantum Leap Challenge Institute program. Q-SEnSE, led by University of Colorado Boulder, will promote collaboration among prominent researchers in quantum experiment and theory, science and engineering. Together, they will explore how advanced quantum sensing can enable new fundamental physics discoveries, develop and apply novel quantum technologies, provide tools for a national infrastructure in quantum sensing, and train a quantum-savvy workforce. The UNM portion of the award is $1.25 million over five years.


2020-2021 Collaboration Report

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