QSA assembles a broad breadth of talent from 15 member institutions in North America, many of whom have pioneered today’s quantum information science (QIS) and technology capabilities. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory leads QSA with Sandia National Laboratories as lead partner.
Since its founding, QSA has co-designed powerful programmable quantum prototypes that maximize the performance of current noisy quantum hardware in three major platforms: neutral atoms, trapped ions, and superconducting circuits. Furthermore, it has advanced the algorithms and platform-specific applications specifically constructed for near-term, imperfect hardware for scientific computing, materials science, and fundamental physics.
By using two-dimensional arrays of individually focused laser beams called optical tweezers, researchers can arrange images of forty-two atoms to spell out QSA. (Credit: Tout Wang, Lukin Group/Harvard University)
- What quantum advantage do we expect from imperfect, small-scale quantum hardware?
- How do we build different programmable quantum systems and for what applications are they naturally suited?
- Into what future architectures should we invest in order to achieve universal computation?
The Quantum Computing, Mathematics, and Physics summer camp (QCaMP) has been QSA’s innovative yearly educational program since 2022 for high school students and teachers in underrepresented communities in STEM from New Mexico and California, two of the nation’s majority-minority states.