One of the remarkable recent discoveries in information science is that quantum mechanics can lead to efficient solutions for problems that are intractable on conventional classical computers. The realization of a practical quantum computer will require the development of fundamentally new quantum hardware: circuits whose operation is intrinsically quantum mechanical, designed for the high-fidelity generation and preservation of delicate entangled states. The University of Wisconsin–Madison has emerged as a world leader in the area of quantum devices, with three cutting edge experimental efforts focused on different quantum device implementations.
The Wisconsin Quantum Institute (WQI) brings together research on quantum computing and quantum information in the following areas:
- Quantum computing and networking: including superconducting, semiconducting and neutral atom qubits
- Quantum sensing: including sensing for navigation and inertial guidance, tests of fundamental physics, nanoscale probes, and chemical sensing
- Quantum materials: including exotic materials synthesis and growth, metasurfaces, and 2D materials and heterostructures fabrication and characterization
WQI researchers are leaders in the fields of quantum computing and networking, quantum sensing, and quantum materials.