The University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) has received a six-year $25 Million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a quantum foundry. The foundry will be housed within the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI) and will focus on challenges specific to quantum technology. These include creation of tools for creating and measuring materials possessing protected quantum coherent states and development of materials such that the decoherence of their controlled quantum states can be avoided. The grant provides substantial funding to build equipment and develop tools necessary to the effort. The funding will also help the center develop outreach and educational programs aimed at familiarizing students at all levels with quantum science, creating a new paradigm for training students in the rapidly evolving field of quantum information science and engaging with industrial partners to accelerate development of the coming quantum workforce.
Among the 10 inaugural industrial partners are Microsoft, Google, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, HRL, Northrop Grumman, Bruker, SomaLogic, NVision, and Angstrom Science. Google has already been performing much of the chip level processing for its quantum computer development using the facilities at UCSB for some time.
September 17, 2019