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Quantum Technology Center, Naval Research Lab Announce Partnership

By Maryland Today Staff

The Quantum Technology Center (QTC)—a joint venture between the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences—today entered into an education partnership agreement with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to identify and pursue quantum technology research opportunities.

The new partnership with NRL is focused on advancing quantum information science for applications relevant to national defense, and will involve exchanges of expertise and samples; collaborations in experimental, theoretical and educational work; mutual research proposals; and the exchange of researchers.

"The University of Maryland is excited to partner with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to explore the diverse applications of quantum technologies," said Laurie E. Locascio, vice president for research at UMD.

Launched in 2019, QTC capitalizes on the university’s strong research programs and partnerships in quantum science and systems engineering, and pursues collaborations with industry and government labs to help take promising quantum advances from the lab to the marketplace. QTC has a long-rooted history of working with the Department of Defense research labs, as QTC’s founding partner is the Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory.

Quantum technology is making a huge impact in industry and government sectors, and this partnership between UMD and NRL will help move critical technologies forward, leaders from both said.

Recent collaboration has particularly focused on work on solid state systems; future interactions are expected to involve work on quantum dots and defects, and on systems for quantum memory and networking, with a goal to advance the scaling and integration of quantum technologies.

“Quantum technology is developing rapidly, and many organizations are quickly getting involved. We are thrilled to collaborate with NRL to strengthen the current research and training activities within QTC, expand our research in areas such as machine learning and quantum networking, and notably, accelerate realization of the quantum internet,” said Ronald Walsworth, founding director of the QTC and UMD professor of electrical and computer engineering and physics.

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