The many facets of quantum science at Fermilab

Fans of Fermilab know that our scientists are experts in the weird realm of quantum physics. For decades, they’ve studied a world that operates on mind-bending principles such as quantum superposition (famously illustrated by Schrödinger’s cat), quantum entanglement (spooky action at a distance!) and quantum of solace (just checking that you’re paying attention).

In recent years, they’ve been harnessing the strange properties of the quantum world to develop game-changing technologies in quantum computing, quantum sensors and quantum communication.

Learn more about the burgeoning field of quantum information science and Fermilab’s contributions by browsing the offerings below. Find out how this research advances our understanding of the universe’s subatomic structure and how this knowledge supports new developments in quantum technology.


The quantum landscape

Fermilab Quantum Institute
Find out how Fermilab is tackling the challenges of quantum science and technology.

The future of quantum information science
Fermilab Deputy Director of Research Joe Lykken discusses the future of quantum computing and sensing, including the role institutions such as Fermilab will play.

Quantum physics playlist
What is quantum entanglement? Loop quantum gravity? Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln has you covered with these quantum-themed videos.

Fermilab Summer Science Series
Sign up for Fermilab’s free Summer Science Series, online lectures followed by a question and answer session with the presenter and Fermilab staff. It covers a wide variety of topics, including quantum science on Aug. 23, 2020.

Quantum science photo gallery
Browse photos of Fermilab’s quantum science and technology projects.

Quantum science and particle accelerator technology

Particle accelerator technology could solve one of the most vexing problems in building quantum computers
Researchers are working to determine whether devices used in particle accelerators can help maintain longer qubit lifetimes.

Quantum progress
Fermilab scientists are adapting the lab’s cutting-edge accelerator technology for qubits and quantum sensors.

Quantum computing and engineering

A leap in particle simulation
A Fermilab group finds a way to simulate, using a quantum computer, a class of particles that had resisted typical computing methods.

Worldwide experts gather at Fermilab for first international workshop on cryogenic electronics for quantum systems
Fermilab cryoelectronics experts and leaders in quantum technologies take on the challenges of designing computer processors and sensors that work at ultracold temperatures.

Community and software applications on display at Fermilab quantum science workshop
Representatives from industry join physicists to present software and share ideas about the future of quantum science and technology.

Quantum science and the dark sector

Fermilab scientists to look for dark matter using quantum technology
Their efforts apply research from multiple disciplines to hunt for dark matter – in particular, the much sought-after axion.

Quantum and accelerator science enable mysterious dark sector searches at Fermilab
Fermilab technology developed for particle accelerators offers a valuable opportunity to search for a hypothesized particle that would resemble a particle of light.

MAGIS-100: Atoms in free fall to probe dark matter, gravity and quantum science
A collaboration led by Fermilab and Stanford University combines their expertise in quantum science and accelerator technologies to build the world’s largest atom interferometer.

Fermilab’s quantum science program is supported by the Department of Energy Office of Science.

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