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Why?

The goal of the Columbia Quantum Initiative is to bring quantum technology out of the lab and make it available for massive adoption in information science, health, sensing, and metrology. As the invention of the transistor revolutionized electronics, recent developments in quantum science represent the next revolution in technology that will effect every aspect of society. Quantum cryptography will ensure perfectly secure communications for financial transactions, while the exquisite sensitivity of quantum sensors will open new vistas to single human cells and to black holes at the edge of the universe.

A Note from our EVP

"Columbia is absolutely committed to pushing the boundaries of quantum science and engineering discovery. The quantum community within our faculty spans both the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, leveraging substantial expertise in materials science, modern optics, measurement, and theory and computation. We will continue to make cutting-edge advancements in partnership with academic, federal, and corporate institutions."

- G. Michael Purdy, Executive Vice President for Research

G. Michael Purdy

Quantum Themes at Columbia

Columbia's leadership spans five pivotal fields directly aligning with the National Quantum Initiative's efforts on communication, computation, and sensing. 

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Condensed Matter
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Fundamental Science
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Information Science
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Nanoscience
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Photonics

Centers and Focused Research Groups

Columbia leads multiple significant federal and foundation grants pushing the boundaries of quantum science and engineering.

Quantum Initiative Task Force

Jim Hone
Jim Hone

Condensed Matter

Andy Millis
Andy Millis

Condensed Matter

Rocco Servedio
Rocco Servedio

Information Science

Tanya Zelevinsky
Tanya Zelevinsky

Fundamental Science

Key Faculty

Columbia's world-leading researchers are ideally positioned to create and engineer future robust quantum systems that can make quantum technologies accessible to all. The Columbia Quantum Initiative will serve as a hub for the region, attracting and educating the next generation of leaders in quantum science and engineering to stimulate interactions with our industrial, non-profit, and academic partners, federal agencies, and national research laboratories.

Al Aho
Alfred Aho

Information Science

David Albert
David Albert

Fundamental Science

Igor Aleiner
Igor Aleiner

Condensed Matter

Boris Altshuler
Boris Altshuler

Condensed Matter

Ana Asenjo-Garcia
Ana Asenjo-Garcia

Fundamental Science

Keren Bergman
Keren Bergman

Photonics

Tim Berkelbach
Tim Berkelbach

Condensed Matter

Bruce Berne
Bruce Berne

Fundamental Science

Simon Billinge
Simon Billinge

Condensed Matter

Louis Brus
Louis Brus

Condensed Matter

Ivan Corwin
Ivan Corwin

Condensed Matter

Cory Dean
Cory Dean

Condensed Matter

Milan Delor

Condensed Matter

Richard Freisner
Richard Freisner

Fundamental Science

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Fundamental Science

Ronghui Gu
Ronghui Gu

Information Science

Irving Herman

Condensed Matter

Michal Lipson
Michal Lipson

Photonics

Chris Marianetti
Chris Marianetti

Condensed Matter

Szabolcs Marka
Szabolcs Marka

Fundamental Science

Colin Nuckolls
Colin Nuckolls

Nanoscience

Jonathan Owen
Jonathan Owen

Condensed Matter

Abhay Pasupathy
Abhay Pasupathy

Condensed Matter

Aron Pinczuk
Aron Pinczuk

Condensed Matter

David Reichman
David Reichman

Condensed Matter

Xavier Roy
Xavier Roy

Condensed Matter

James Schuck
James Schuck

Condensed Matter

James Teherani
James Teherani

Nanoscience

Mike Tuts
Mike Tuts

Fundamental Science

Yasutomo Uemura
Yasutomo Uemura

Condensed Matter

Latha Venkataraman
Latha Venkataraman

Condensed Matter

Michael Weinstein
Michael Weinstein

Fundamental Science

Renata Wentzcovitch
Renata Wentzcovitch

Condensed Matter

Sebastian Will
Sebastian Will

Fundamental Science

Nanfang Yu
Nanfang Yu

Photonics

Bill Zajc
Bill Zajc

Fundamental Science

Xiaoyang Zhu
Xiaoyang Zhu

Condensed Matter

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Collaborative Partnerships

 

Columbia quantum centers convene many academic, corporate, philanthropic, and non-profit organizations to achieve success. 

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