Leading the way in next-generation quantum science and engineering
Q-NEXT brings together leaders in national laboratories, academia and the private sector to create an innovation ecosystem that enables the translation of discovery science into technologies that benefit U.S. prosperity and security. Led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, Q-NEXT includes three national laboratories, nine universities and 12 of the U.S.’s leading quantum technology companies. These partnerships bring together not only world-leading experts, but also facilities and infrastructure to advance the frontiers of quantum information science and engineering.
Q-NEXT focuses on how to reliably control, store, and transmit quantum information at distances that could be as small as a computer chip or as large as the distance between Chicago and San Francisco. Addressing this challenge requires developing novel quantum materials and integrating them into devices and systems, developing new classes of ultra-precise sensors, and overcoming losses that occur when quantum information is communicated over long distances. We will also develop simulation and characterization tools that we can apply to these quantum systems.
The Q-NEXT mission is to deliver quantum interconnects and establish a national foundry to provide pristine materials for new quantum devices. With these capabilities, the center will demonstrate secure communication links, networks of sensors, and simulation and network testbeds. To achieve its mission, Q-NEXT’s strategy is to pursue three foundational thrusts (quantum foundries, extreme-scale characterization, and quantum simulation and sensing) with three science and technology thrusts (materials and integration, quantum sensing, and quantum communications).
Q-NEXT outcomes will have a significant national impact by enabling applications such as
- Encrypted communication channels secure against hacking
- Entangled sensors that achieve unprecedented sensitivities for electromagnetic fields from sources of biological, astronomical, technological and military interest
- New routes to scaling up full-stack quantum computers with applications in quantum simulations, cryptanalysis and logistics optimization
Q-NEXT outcomes will contribute to a robust supply chain of materials and devices from quantum foundries that will support both known and yet-to-be-discovered quantum-enabled applications. Q-NEXT will address this need by creating two national quantum foundries: one for solid state materials at Argonne, and one for superconducting materials at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Together these foundries will act as a “quantum factory” to produce a reliable supply of standardized materials and devices to support the National Quantum Initiative. Also created by Q-NEXT will be the first-ever National Quantum Devices Database, which will promote the development and fabrication of next generation quantum devices.
Through coordination with the national quantum information science ecosystem, the center will expand the emerging quantum economy and support U.S. competitiveness by accelerating technology commercialization and training a quantum-smart workforce.