Illinois is funding quantum physics research

Quantum physics Math

Quantum physics Math

RICH MILLER ON GOVERNMENT
June 28, 2019 03:01 PM

Move over, supercomputing. Quantum physics is here.

New state funding will be used to create a state-of-the-art quantum physics facility at U of I at Urbana-Champaign in hopes of bringing some of the best minds in the world to Illinois.

Some of the finest minds in the state recently explained to me the importance of a mostly unnoticed line in the state of Illinois’ new capital projects plan.

University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, Argonne National Laboratory Director Paul Kearns and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Provost Andreas Cangellaris touted new state government funding for a program that could be “even bigger than supercomputing” (Zimmer) and a “paradigm shift” in technology (Cangellaris).

What is this marvel? Quantum physics. It’s the study of subatomic particles that don’t behave in the way we understand “normal” physics. The particles do things like exist in two places simultaneously, move through what we would consider solid objects and change their form when observed. Google it. It’ll blow your mind.

The idea is to try to harness these tiny particles to do stuff like create vastly improved computing systems or design totally new types of pharmaceuticals or unbreakable encryption.

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