Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > W.M. Keck Foundation gives Colorado State University $1.1 million for quantum computer-related research

Abstract:
Colorado State University has been awarded a prestigious $1.1 million gift from the W.M. Keck Foundation to support a quantum computer-oriented research program that holds the potential to develop a key step that could make possible the development of a large-scale quantum computer.

W.M. Keck Foundation gives Colorado State University $1.1 million for quantum computer-related research

Fort Collins, CO | Posted on January 31st, 2008

The Keck Foundation gift will enable research conducted within CSU's Department of Physics to work to develop a laser cooled single-atom-on-demand source for silicon quantum computers. The project will yield an essential tool for researchers to precisely place atoms within nanometers of a designated target and overcome a critical roadblock in nano-fabrication.

A quantum computer would have the ability to process and carry out massive parallel computation at much faster speeds than traditional computers. Quantum computing holds great promise for Internet security and likely will have a widespread impact in the future of nano-electronics.

"This research project will make possible important advances in nano-fabrication," said CSU President Larry Edward Penley. "The opportunity enabled by the W.M. Keck Foundation, through its support of research at Colorado State University, will move us closer creating a large-scale and functional quantum computer. Through this research program, a more secure Internet and vast advances in computing are a step closer to realization."

The primary goal of the research program is to demonstrate laser cooling and trapping of a single silicon atom. Then, on demand, researchers will ionize the atom and deliver it to the desired qubit location with nanometer accuracy, said Siu Au Lee, a professor of physics at CSU and principal investigator for the program. Although phosphorous ions are needed for quantum computing, the researchers will use silicon atoms that will decay into phosphorous ions.

Laser-cooling of atoms is needed in order for researchers to successfully place the ion where it is needed, said William Fairbank, a CSU physics professor and co-principal investigator for the program.

"If you know where an atom is when you start, you will be able to know where it ends up," Fairbank said. "The key is to have the atom held in a specific place to begin with, and then you can place it where you want it with atom precision."

Said College of Natural Sciences Dean Rick Miranda: "The work of Dr. Lee and Dr. Fairbank could be a significant breakthrough in the field of quantum computing. This is an exciting opportunity for the University and our college to contribute to an interdisciplinary field at the frontier of basic physics, nanotechnology, and computer science."

The W.M. Keck Foundation is one of the nation's largest philanthropic organizations. Established in 1954 by the late William Myron Keck, the founder of The Superior Oil Company, the Foundation's grant making is focused primarily on the areas of medical research, science and engineering. More information about the W.M. Keck Foundation is available online at www.wmkeck.org.

####

About Colorado State University
Colorado State University is one of our nation's leading research universities with world-class research in infectious disease, atmospheric science, clean energy technologies, and environmental science. It was founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, six years before the Colorado Territory became a state.

Last year, CSU awarded degrees to more than 5,000 graduates, and this year, it attracted nearly $300 million in research funding. Colorado State is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Nik Olsen
(970) 491-7766

Copyright © Colorado State University

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Metal oxide sandwiches: New option to manipulate properties of interfaces February 8th, 2016

Canadian physicists discover new properties of superconductivity February 8th, 2016

Leading bugs to the death chamber: A kinder face of cholesterol February 8th, 2016

From allergens to anodes: Pollen derived battery electrodes February 8th, 2016

Academic/Education

COD Grad Begins Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University: Marsela Jorgolli's Passion for Physics Has Led to a Decade of Academic Research That Continues at Harvard University as a Postdoctoral Fellow February 2nd, 2016

Heriot-Watt's Institute of Photonics & Quantum Sciences uses the Deben Microtest 2 kN tensile stage to characterise ceramics and engineering plastics January 21st, 2016

Multiple uses for the JPK NanoWizard AFM system in the Smart Interfaces in Environmental Nanotechnology Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign January 20th, 2016

BioSolar Extends Research Agreement With UCSB for Next Phase of Its Super Battery Technology: Development Effort to Continue Under the Supervision of Nobel Laureate, Dr. Alan Heeger January 13th, 2016

Quantum Computing

Nanoscale cavity strongly links quantum particles: Single photons can quickly modify individual electrons embedded in a semiconductor chip and vice versa February 8th, 2016

Chiral magnetic effect generates quantum current: Separating left- and right-handed particles in a semi-metallic material produces anomalously high conductivity February 8th, 2016

New invention revolutionizes heat transport February 1st, 2016

A new quantum approach to big data January 25th, 2016

Announcements

Graphene decharging and molecular shielding February 8th, 2016

Canadian physicists discover new properties of superconductivity February 8th, 2016

Leading bugs to the death chamber: A kinder face of cholesterol February 8th, 2016

From allergens to anodes: Pollen derived battery electrodes February 8th, 2016

Grants/Awards/Scholarships/Gifts/Contests/Honors/Records

UTHealth research looks at nanotechnology to help prevent preterm birth February 7th, 2016

Graphene is strong, but is it tough? Berkeley Lab scientists find that polycrystalline graphene is not very resistant to fracture February 7th, 2016

Hepatitis virus-like particles as potential cancer treatment February 5th, 2016

Identifying Commercial Success Stories from the National Nanotechnology Initiative: National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Issue a Request for Information on NNI-Supported Success Stories February 2nd, 2016

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







Car Brands
Buy website traffic