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Physics professor selected for DARPA Young Faculty Award

Paul Hamilton, a UCLA assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has been selected for a prestigious Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, awarded to “rising research stars” in a broad range of scientific research areas.

Hamilton’s research focuses on matter wave interferometry, which can be used as a precise toolbox for atomic physicists, with possible applications ranging from GPS-free navigation to detection of gravitational waves. His research group is exploring a new direction for the field of atomic, molecular and optical physics. Click here to read more.

 The CQSE goes to Capitol Hill

The CQSE organized a panel for the House Sciences Committee to answer questions regarding the future of quantum science and engineering in the country. CQSE members Wes Campbell and Eric Hudson were joined on this panel by Google’s Engineering Director and Founder of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, Hartmut Neven, and Northrop Grumman’s Leader for Quantum Sensing and Metrology, Jerome Luine, as well as Prof. Scott Aaronson from UT-Austin.

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CQSE lead team wins $2.7 million award to develop a new type of qubit

A multidisciplinary, CQSE-led research team has been awarded a $2.7 million U.S. Department of Energy Quantum Information Science Research Award. The award is to develop a new type of qubit based on molecular engineering that promises to outperform current technology.

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Ba-133: the Goldilocks qubit?

133Ba+, a manufacturered radioisotope, possesses several unique and desirable properties which are not found in any naturally occurring species, which make it a nearly ideal qubit. Specifically, the barium electronic structure provides transitions in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum, enabling the use of the high-power lasers, low-loss fibers, high quantum efficiency detectors, and other optical equipment not available to many ion species currently in use.

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Advances in nanoscience

Recent advances in nanoscience and device nanofabrication have yielded unprecedented control of light from first principles. We can now manipulate the propagation, storage and generation of light, as well as practically prescribe its matter interactions, based on the strong control of dispersion and localization in mesoscopic structures. These unprecedented innovations offer opportunities in theoretical and numerical predictions, precision nanofabrication, and physical measurements.

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Radioactive qubits

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have managed for the first time to trap and cool a single synthetically produced barium-133 ion. The team also measured the ion’s spectrum, the details of which are needed for preparing and manipulating the qubit states of these ions.

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Nuclear clocks

Though atomic clocks sound like the stuff of science fiction, their technological impact on everyday life is profound. Currently, atomic clocks are used to enable global positioning systems, cellular telephones, and the synchronization of modern-day electrical power grids. Improved clocks, based on optical frequency standards, are likely to enable several new technologies such as secure data routing, jamming resistant communication, high-resolution coherent radar, and improved global positioning. Furthermore, high-precision clocks have also provided a means to probe fundamental issues in physics, such as the most stringent tests of General Relativity.

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November 18-19, 2019 on the UCLA Campus: Workshop on Machine Learning, Quantum Acceleration and Robust Quantum Systems

With ML reaching its limits as well, due to the limitations in computational power, the combination of ML with quantum algorithms is timely, and offers new possibilities for breaking existing barriers to computation. This workshop will bring together experts from math, physics, engineering and chemistry, in order to foster interactions as well as encourage collaborations between academia and industry.

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