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April 26, 2023 | Tom Ballard

UTC hosts three sessions on quantum computing

The presenters include the Chief Scientist for a private company, an ORNL Research Scientist in Quantum Physics, and a UTC faculty member who is building a research facility for quantum optics.

In case you missed it, quantum science is a really big deal in Chattanooga, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is right in the middle of it.

In fact, there were three talks on campus last week that were part of the “Gig City Goes Quantum” initiative led by EPB and Qubitekk. The two businesses are partnering to offer the EPB Quantum NetworkSM powered by Qubitekk which will be the nation’s first industry-led, commercially available quantum network. It is expected to be operational by summer—and UTC will be home to a node of the network.

Under the banner of “MocsTalk: Quantum Computing,” the presentations last week ranged from a Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to the Chief Scientist for Quantum Communications company Xairos and a UTC faculty member.

  • Raphael Pooser, a Research Scientist in Quantum Physics at ORNL, was first up. You can view his presentation here and read a summary here.
  • James Troupe, the Chief Scientist with Xairos. A summary of his presentation can be found here, and you can view it at this link.
  • Tian Li, who joined UTC as an Assistant Professor of Physics in 2022, is building a research facility for quantum optics. He discussed that work in the final presentation which can be accessed here. There’s also more information available here.

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