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Is Albuquerque the next great quantum technology ecosystem?

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – What do Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Madison, Wisconsin; Austin, Texas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Rochester, New York; and Raleigh, North Carolina all have in common with Albuquerque? According to Quantum Insider, they are all touted as the next potential hotbed for quantum technology. But what does that really mean?

Simply put, quantum technology uses the physics of sub-atomic particles to solve incredibly complex problems and make technology more accurate. It also means a more reliable navigation system, more secure communications, and exponentially more powerful computing.

Ivan Deutsch is the Director of the Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC) at the University of New Mexico. He’s played a pivotal role in the development of quantum technology research at the university since arriving in 1995. With the establishment of CQuIC in 2009, Deutsch said the university has been able to accelerate its partnerships with other cutting-edge players in the state.

“We decided with the leadership at both UNM and Sandia that we would really it would be good for us to really join efforts and to create a joint institute that would really supercharge our research and development,” said Deutsch.

Another supercharged initiative based out of Colorado is Elevate Quantum, a partnership between the Centennial State, Wyoming, and New Mexico. The cohort recently applied for a $75 million grant which could help the Mountain West region edge out those other contenders a the next big home for quantum technologies.

Deutsch said the key to growing their impact is collaboration between private entities, public institutions like UNM, and the federal government. Combining the strengths of the various stakeholders, Deutsch said it could cause a domino effect of research, development, and delivery of next-generation technology.

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