Growing the California Institute for Quantum Emulation

Program Period: 
1/1/16 - 12/31/17

To grow the scope of the California Institute for Quantum Emulation (CAIQuE) and to support its transition to a large-scale funded research collaboration.

Recently founded with support from a President’s Research Catalyst Award and matching funds from CNSI, the California Institute for Quantum Emulation (CAIQuE or IQE), aims to make the UC a world-leading consortium in the emerging field of quantum emulation. The institute draws together trapped-ion and ultracold-atom experimentalists from Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, and UCSB with condensed-matter theorists from Berkeley, UCI, and UCSD. Scientifically, CAIQuE aims to develop a distinct UC brand of research in quantum emulation characterized by a deep integration of theoretical and experimental approaches. The initial scientific focus is on non-equilibrium quantum systems and topological bands. This program aims to grow the scope of the CAIQuE and to support its transition to a large-scale funded research collaboration.

Seed funding from UCOP has already established a collaborative framework for IQE activities. The Challenge Grant funding will complement this through new activities such as an IQE summer school, an IQE Lectureship, and support for an IQE Postdoc. The overarching goal is to build an ecosystem of the innovative research and educational activities that will form a part of a proposed center, making a strong case for large-scale, long-term support.