The basis for quantum information and technology is quantum physics, the most accurately tested scientific theory. Remarkable technologies have been created with it, like the transistor and the laser, which, in time, have reshaped human culture.
Quantum technology is now emerging in many new forms: quantum computing that may take us beyond Moore’s Law, quantum cryptography that promises “unhackable” communications, and ultra-sensitive devices to detect biological and chemical changes. New quantum algorithms promise to solve previously intractable computational problems and revolutionize simulation. From a device perspective, spintronic transistors, memories, and opto-electronic devices may replace their charge-based counterparts, leading to a new class of more powerful and energy efficient devices.
The Center for Molecular Engineering, the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, and the University of Chicago are at the forefront of the fields of quantum science and engineering, featuring researchers and faculty across multiple divisions, departments and institutes.