Q-CTRL, a global quantum technology leader, has entered a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to investigate quantum computing and sensing applications for geological sciences. The collaboration seeks to leverage Q-CTRL’s expertise in quantum control engineering to address critical challenges in geophysics and environmental sensing. The partnership aims to advance USGS missions, including underground water resource management, polar ice-sheet monitoring, natural-hazard preparedness, and energy and mineral resource discovery.

Under the formal agreement, both entities will explore sophisticated quantum techniques such as gravimetry, magnetometry, and quantum-enhanced logistics optimization. The utilization of these techniques promises earlier hazard detection, enhanced monitoring of water assets, and cost reduction in resource production. Through workshops and field investigations, Q-CTRL and USGS plan to integrate quantum technology seamlessly into environmental science, setting a new benchmark in geophysical exploration and monitoring.

A news release announcing this collaboration is available here.

January 16, 2024