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Center Overview

The Center for Quantum Technologies (CQT) — an alliance between Purdue University, Indiana University Bloomington and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campuses, and the University of Notre Dame — will partner with industry and government stakeholders to identify compelling needs and challenges and then develop novel quantum technologies to address them. Quantum technologies can harness the properties of single atoms or particles of light. They are relevant to sensing, imaging, metrology, communications, and cryptography, and they have the potential to transform intelligence, financial security, computing, medicine, navigation, and other areas. We have entered the second quantum revolution, but it is still in its infancy, and the nascent quantum industry requires significant fundamental research to mature novel technologies.

The CQT will focus academic creativity and innovation on addressing key industry problems and concerns for quantum technologies. In partnership with our industry members, the CQT researchers will use their expertise in quantum science and engineering to develop and transfer foundational knowledge into industry-relevant quantum devices, systems, and algorithms.


  • Indiana University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Notre Dame
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Center Personnel

Sabre Kais
Center Director and Purdue University Site Director
+1 765 494 5965

Gerardo Ortiz
Indiana University Site Director
+1 812 855 0367

Ricardo Decca
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Campus Director
+1 317 278 7123

Peter M Kogge
University of Notre Dame Site Director
+1 574 631 6763

David Stewart
CQT Industry Liaison Officer and Operations Director
+1 765 496 3117

Research Focus

Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST) is the field of research that exploits the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics to achieve functionalities and performances in complexity and efficiency beyond the capabilities of classical information processing. The ability to understand, manipulate and control the key traits of quantum law (state superpositions, interference, entanglement, measurement) to our advantage is at the heart of QIST. CQT research themes with potential project areas are listed below:

  • Algorithms and Architecture: Perform detailed benchmarking on industry-selected kernels at a level that allows insight into the "constants" and how they change as a function of noise, topology, compiler, etc. Strive to understand what is needed to grow the kernels into complete app data sizes that are relevant. Develop high-level programming abstractions in terms of monoidal categories that bridge classical and quantum hybrid structures, an approach that interleaves near-term quantum devices with classical machines to solve complex problems. Develop quantum error mitigation and error correction codes. Explore new experimental protocols for directional routing of quantum information in superconducting circuit networks, for scalable quantum communication and simulation
  • Quantum Sensing and Hardware: Explore the potential for newly discovered native quantum emitters in silicon nitride for industrial-scale quantum photonic applications in communication, computing, and simulation. Develop integrable, scalable, and programmable quantum simulators, logic gates, and devices by controlling interactions between Rydberg excitons in a novel solid-state material. Develop ultrasensitive detectors that couple to mass distributions to be used for exotic forces measurements (dark matter and dark energy) but also as gravimeters improving existing sensitivities.
  • Materials Design and Chemistry: Implement programmable quantum hardware, based on trapped-ion qubits, to study and characterize materials and chemical systems that are too difficult to understand classically. Develop quantum simulation approaches for spin-controlled processes in chemistry and materials science. Explore electrically controlled emission of single photons and entangled photon pairs. Develop quantum machine learning algorithms and implementation on quantum devices for material design and classifications.
  • Communications and Networking: Demonstrate fiber photonics hybridizing a plethora of quantum material platforms into a single information medium — the "Quantum Internet of Things" (QIoT). Explore multi-connected quantum networks exploiting frequency entanglement in two or higher dimensions.
  • Quantum for Finance and Business: Solve massive optimization problems beyond the NISQ era, including modeling problems of resource allocation and causal discovery in the presence of uncertain data as combinatorial optimization problems and designing quantum algorithms for their solution. Provide for migration to post-quantum cryptographic techniques, by decoupling the proof mechanism from the claims made in the credential.

QIST in each of these areas has the potential to provide a “quantum leap” in our ability to do things. Our project suggestions to industrial partners are in areas where there is a high potential to provide such a lift in a way that has a potential path to realization in near-term practical systems.


Member Organizations

IUCRC affiliated member organizations are displayed as submitted by the Center. Non-federal organizations are not selected, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the National Science Foundation.
  • Air Force Research Lab
  • AWS
  • Cummins
  • D-Wave Systems
  • Eli Lilly
  • Entanglement Inc.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Northrop Grumman
  • NSWC Crane
  • Qrypt
  • Quantum Innovative Solutions
  • Toyota
  • Quantum Corridor
  • Peraton