Duke Quantum Center Kicks Off

April 13, 2022

Quantum information enthusiasts from around the world gathered in Durham to learn about the Duke Quantum Center's unique user facility

DQC attendees in the historic Chesterfield Building

DQC staff pose on the stairs of the historic Chesterfield Building, where Duke Quantum Center is headquartered

The Duke Quantum Center (DQC) launched in 2020 with the idea of making its quantum computers available to anyone with an intractable problem to solve. Users from business, government and academia, whose challenges might range from modeling exotic materials to solving theoretical problems in nuclear physics, would be able to leverage the expertise of DQC’s team of world-class quantum information scientists and engineers.   

Now, the idea is a reality. DQC officially kicked off with a two-day workshop last week, introducing more than 100 current and potential collaborators from around the world to the unique capabilities of its quantum user facility. The event was held in downtown Durham’s historic Chesterfield Building—a cigarette factory turned state-of-the-art lab space—where DQC is headquartered. 

Vinik Dean of Engineering Jerome Lynch, Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Valerie Ashby, Senior Advisor for Science and Technology Sandy Williams and IonQ CEO Peter Chapman gave opening remarks before two days of presentations from quantum information experts. Topics ranged from quantum computer design and co-design to proposed applications. Participants were able to tour DQC’s labs and attend a poster session between presentations.

Since DQC launched in 2020 with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, a team of world-class researchers from across Duke University has coalesced around the mission of designing quantum computers for custom applications. The group includes faculty from the Departments of Physics, Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and is led by Duke ECE professor Christopher Monroe. With his Duke ECE colleague Jungsang Kim, Monroe also cofounded a publicly traded quantum computing company, IonQ, which claims a world record for quantum computing speed.

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