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Enabling Innovation Through Quantum Science (+$4 million)
The laws of physics are fundamentally different in the quantum world of atoms, electrons, and light particles (photons) than in our everyday macroscopic world. If a person could shrink to the size of an atom, they would experience “impossible” things, like objects that are in two places at once or instantaneous interaction of two distant objects without any physical link between them.
NIST scientists are world leaders in the emerging field of quantum science, which seeks to exploit the unusual properties of the quantum world to produce powerful new technologies and scientific discoveries. Three NIST scientists have won Nobel Prizes in the last 10 years based on their work in the field. Many of the best minds in physics today believe that applications of quantum science will transform the 21st century just as integrated circuits and classical electronics transformed the 20th century.
Proposed NIST Program
Several of the projects proposed under this initiative will be in collaboration with the Joint Quantum Institute established in FY 2006 by NIST, the University of Maryland, and the National Security Agency. NIST proposes to accelerate the potential of the quantum world for enhancing our nation's competitiveness through research into:
Successful achievement of NIST goals in quantum science is expected to pave the way for: