Quantum information science at Fermilab

Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize particle physics. It could take on the field’s most formidable calculations — calculations that are, it is not an exaggeration to say, otherwise impossible — tackling in a matter of minutes problems that could take classical computers centuries to solve. Quantum technology could also open doors into new realms in fundamental physics, solving mysteries that have tantalized scientists for decades.

Fermilab is pursuing a program to leverage the power of quantum science to address problems in data analysis and theoretical physics. High-energy physicists are also extending their expertise in sensor and accelerator technology for quantum software and computing.

Fermilab’s initiatives in quantum information science include simulation of quantum field theories, algorithms for traditional high-energy physics computational problems, teleportation experiments, and applying qubit technologies to quantum sensors in high-energy physics experiments on the sensitivity frontier.

Explore our areas of QIS research below.

News and announcements

Quantum leap
Fermilab scientists are adapting the lab’s cutting-edge accelerator technology for qubits and quantum sensors.

Department of Energy awards Fermilab more than $10 million for quantum science
Through its Quantum Information Science-Enabled Discovery program, DOE is awarding Fermilab researchers funding for five quantum-science initiatives. It also funds Fermilab’s participation in three further initiatives led by other institutions.

Department of Energy announces $218 million for quantum information science
Quantum science is expected to lay the foundation for the next generation of computing and information processing as well as an array of other innovative technologies.

Fermilab hosts tutorial from Google as part of unique hands-on workshop on quantum information science
Scientists explore ways that the fields of high-energy physics and quantum information science can advance each other. The workshop features Google’s first public hands-on tutorial on their quantum software.