Northwestern Receives Funding as Part of Multi-institutional Effort to Develop Quantum Networks

Quantum networks hold enormous potential for groundbreaking advances in many areas of science and technology. Once this technology matures, it is expected to be an essential component of quantum computing. It could have the equivalent impact as the internet has had on digital communication.

Prem KumarThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $24 million in funding for three collaborative projects in quantum network research. Northwestern Engineering researchers, including Professor Prem Kumar, are supporting partners on two of the projects led by Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, highlighted below.

The DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory will be participating in two of the projects and leading one of them, InterQnet. Anticipated funding for InterQnet is $9 million over three years.

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The DOE's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will receive a total of $9 million in funding over three years for its Advanced Quantum Networks for Scientific Discovery (AQNET-SD) project. AQNET-SD will build upon previous groundbreaking work toward establishing national-scale quantum networks by using sophisticated techniques to push the technology to its limits.

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