Quantum Technology

The first revolution of quantum mechanics, which was based on wave-particle nature, has led to the invention of the transistor, laser, MRI etc. Recent advances in fundamental understanding and technological control of quantum systems are poised to usher a yet new wave of change. Specifically, controlling the light-matter interaction between individual excitations, such as photonic, electronic and vibrational, has enabled the manipulation of quantum states and exploited their quantum correlations. This has led to the emergence of various fields, such as quantum computation/simulation, quantum communication, quantum sensing, and imaging, to develop quantum devices, which could outperform their classical counterparts.

UMD hosts three world-leading quantum research centers focused on different aspects of quantum information science and technologies: the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS) and recently the quantum Technology Center (QTC), in which ECE faculty are involved conducting research in a variety of quantum technology topics.

Faculty members in this area of research include: 


Hafezi group

This group aims to theoretically and experimentally investigate various quantum properties of light-matter interaction for applications in quantum information processing, sensing and quantum materials with novel functionalities. Moreover, we explore associated fundamental phenomena, such as many-body physics, that could emerge in such physical systems. This research is at the interface of quantum optics, condensed matter physics, and machine learning.

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