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The UT Quantum Materials Science and Technology Center provides an exciting research and learning environment at the frontier of quantum materials research. Located in East Tennessee, a thriving hub of quantum research and development, we bring World leading researchers together to focus on a number of the biggest questions in quantum science. To do this our affiliates work closely together spanning the boundaries of theory, materials science, experimental physics, as well as quantum information science and engineering creating the unique conditions needed for discovery science. Our research is centered on four strategic themes, namely, Quantum Theory and Simulations, Quantum Materials, Quantum Experiment, and Quantum Information and Communications. You can learn more about each of them below.

Quantum Theory and Simulations

Developing and applying artificial intelligence to the understanding of quantum systems, using the most powerful supercomputers, and driving the frontiers of theory are major areas of research at University of Tennessee. We have one of the largest condensed matter theory efforts in the US.

We are developing and applying new approaches to the theory and simulation of quantum materials and devices. Our work focuses on:

  • Artificial Intelligence to understand quantum systems, predict new ones, and extract new insights.
  • High performance computing where we use the World’s most powerful supercomputers.
  • Topology provides a route to remarkable properties and applications.
  • Correlations and entanglement between quantum degrees of freedom drive novel quantum states.

Quantum Materials: Synthesis and Discovery

University of Tennessee is a national leader in the synthesis and discovery of new quantum materials. These new materials drive our research making the Quantum Center a vibrant and exciting research environment.

We are discovering, synthesizing, and exploring new quantum materials and ways to make them. We work closely with our colleagues to realize new states of matter:

  • Synthesis of single crystals and heterostructures to realize quantum states of matter.
  • Molecular quantum materials are designed and built using molecular building blocks.
  • 2D materials use reduced dimensionality to stabilize and control quantum states.
  • Quantum magnets are explored as testbeds for fundamental theory.

Quantum Experiment

The quantum center has comprehensive experimental capabilities at IAMM. Our researchers also use the internationally leading neutron and nanotechnology user facilities at Oak Ridge. Our researchers are also involved in the Quantum Science Center.

Experimenting on quantum materials presents many new challenges. We carry out an extensive research using some of the most advanced capabilities globally including neutron, X-ray, and electron scattering, scanning probes. transport and thermodynamic measurements. Our focus is on:

  • Out of equilibrium conditions are exploited to create new quantum states in the lab.
  • Quantum probes are used to gain new insight into quantum effects in materials.
  • Quantum transport connects materials properties with quantum devices.

Quantum Engineering

Quantum information and computing are strongly growing research areas. The quantum center has unique materials and device expertise.

We work to advance the application of quantum information and computing to quantum materials. This impacts our theory and experimental activities:

  • Quantum entanglement is explored as the fundamental resource exploited in quantum technologies.
  • Quantum simulations and computing provide the promise right now of quantum advantage. We are combining experimental studies and quantum simulations and computations to understand materials.
  • Topological quantum information allows error free quantum computations eliminating decoherence
  • Quantum devices are developed as the building blocks for future technologies..

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