Prof. Freericks has his Quantum Information Science grant renewed by the National Science Foundation

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NSF has funded a grant to examine reservoir engineering in Penning trap-based quantum computers. Experiments will take place at NIST in Boulder, Colorado, with theory work taking place at Georgetown. Reservoir engineering involves creating controlled entanglement between the qubits of a quantum computer and the environment as a mans to protect and engineer the entanglement of the quantum simulator. Entanglement is the “spooky” part of quantum mechanics that is believed to be behind the potential for quantum computers to solve problems that classical computers cannot. Being able to engineer and manipulate entanglement is one of the prerequisites for making quantum computers work for hard challenge problems. The grant will fund a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown.