Research Areas

The Center for Quantum Science and Engineering is a vibrant hub for interdisciplinary students, scholars, and faculty, where innovative quantum engineering research, development, and education are inspired and facilitated through coordinated collaboration and interaction with governmental and industrial sectors to bring quantum solutions to all corners of society.

“Just as digital electronic devices have transformed our society, quantum photonics will advance science and technology in prodigious ways.”
Dr. Yuping Huang, Assistant ProfessorDirector, Center for Quantum Science & Engineering

Harnessing the ‘magic’ of quantum mechanics, quantum technologies offer evolutionary information capabilities and speed unmatched by techniques based on classical means.

Thanks to the dedicated worldwide effort of scientists and support from government and industry, there has been notable theoretical and experimental progress in demonstrating a wide range of quantum-enabled, or quantum-enhanced technologies, particularly those exploiting the quantum-mechanical nature of photons, and their potential in a wealth of application areas. Yet, major breakthroughs must be made, mostly in the areas of engineering, before compact, robust, and resilient quantum devices and systems can be mass produced and deployed.

A student in the CQSE laboratory sitting in front of a laserTo this end, significant challenges must be overcome in developing quantum devices and systems that satisfy the following practical criteria:

  • Scalability

  • Resiliency

  • Room Temperature

  • Mass Production

  • Networkability

Areas of Research

At the CQSE, approximately 30 research groups are working collaboratively to solve these issues in key areas for innovative quantum science and engineering:

Quantum Computing and Control

CQSE studies the construction, algorithms, and utilities of quantum computers to overcome device imperfections and operational errors. The following faculty research in this area:

Quantum Big Data Analytics

CQSE harnesses unmatched computational power offered by quantum mechanics to tackle big problems in data science and applications. The following faculty research in this area:

Quantum Materials

CQSE is at the forefront of studying and applying exotic materials for quantum processing. The following faculty research in this area:

Quantum Sensing and Imaging

CQSE has introduced advanced quantum photonic tools to see far and deep. The following faculty research in this area:

Quantum Communications and Cryptography

CQSE focuses on the development of cost-effective, field-deployable networking and cryptography solutions that are unconditionally secured by the fundamental laws of quantum physics. The following faculty research in this area:

Quantum Education and Industrial Relations

CQSE aims to develop a modern curriculum and educational tools to nurture qualified workforce and technology leaders for the quantum industry, and to build strong connections between quantum research and industrial value-creation applications. The following faculty focus on education and corporate relations: