Quantum information science at Fermilab

Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize particle physics. It could take on the field’s most formidable calculations, 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.

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MAGIS-100: Atoms in free fall to probe dark matter, gravity and quantum science
A collaboration led by Fermilab and Stanford University combines their expertise in quantum science and accelerator technologies to build the world’s largest atom interferometer. The instrument will push the boundaries of quantum physics into macroscopic scales, providing a gateway for dark matter searches and tests of gravitational waves.

Ultracool engineering: Worldwide experts gather at Fermilab for first international workshop on cryogenic electronics for quantum systems
Today’s quantum computing processors must operate at temperature close to absolute zero, and that goes for their electronics, too. At the workshop, leaders in quantum technologies took on the challenges of designing computer processors and sensors that work at ultracold temperatures.

Department of Energy awards Fermilab $3.5 million for quantum science
Fermilab scientists and engineers are simulating advanced quantum devices that will in turn improve particle physics simulations. They’re also developing novel electronics to work with large arrays of ultracold qubits.

Fermilab scientists to look for dark matter using quantum technology
Their efforts apply research from multiple disciplines to hunt for dark matter – in particular, the much sought-after axion.