Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST) is a key area of growth for Stony Brook University, and a central piece of investment from President Maurie McInnis’ Innovation and Excellence (PIE) Fund.
The field of QIST offers scientific opportunities that may revolutionize information technology and how we store, manipulate and transmit information.
Earlier this year, faculty were asked to submit proposals for protocenters to comprise a QIST Consortium. A protocenter represents the planning stage in a QIST research program, and, based on the success of each protocenter in key domains including the generation of cutting-edge research and external funding, each has the potential to grow into a university-recognized center within the QIST Consortium.
Protocenter proposals requested between $100,000-300,000 per year for up to four years, at the end of which time the success will be evaluated to determine additional funding and potential growth into a QIST center within the QIST consortium. Protocenters demonstrating considerable success and potential for long-term sustainability will then transition into a university-recognized center within the QIST Consortium.
The review panel selected two proposals to fund for the next four years.
Leon Shterengas, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, serves as Principal Investigator for the Devices for Quantum Sensing and Communication Protocenter. Along with co-PIs Jennifer Cano (assistant professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences), Eden Figueroa (associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy), Dmitri Donetski (associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Sergey Suchalkin (associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering), this research center will focus on creating new and advanced devices that use the principles of quantum physics.
The initial goal of the research center will be development of photonic devices for quantum communication and sensing. Design and fabrication of the single photon and entangled photon emitters for quantum internet and distributed sensing as well as single photon detectors for quantum ghost imaging in mid-infrared region of spectrum will be the primary targets.
The research center will also work on the development of a scalable material platform for quantum computation and signal processing. Advanced epitaxial and nanofabrication capabilities including metamorphic epitaxy of the ultra-short period superlattices and monolithic integration with photonic crystals will be applied.
“This research center offers a unique opportunity to leverage state-of-the-art semiconductor optoelectronic technological capabilities developed at the Belenky Lab at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to achieve critical advances in the QIST field,” Shterengas said.
Himanshu Gupta, professor in the Department of Computer Science, serves as Principal Investigator for the Center for Quantum Computing and Networks Protocenter. The following faculty members serve as co-PIs: Aruna Balasubramanian (associate professor, Department of Computer Science), Xianfeng (David) Gu (professor, Department of Computer Science), Jon Longtin (Interim Dean of the College of Engineering of Applied Sciences and professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering), Omkant Pandey (associate professor, Department of Computer Science), Supartha Podder (assistant professor, Department of Computer Science; NSF Quantum Faculty Fellow), C. R. Ramakrishnan, (professor, Department of Computer Science) and Nengkun Yu (associate professor, Department of Computer Science; SUNY Empire Innovation Scholar).
The research conducted in this protocenter will mainly focus on solving complex problems related to the design and development of large, scalable, and reliable quantum computing systems. In particular, the protocenter will have four specific research areas: (i) Quantum Networks and Distributed Quantum Computing, (ii) Quantum Algorithms and Advantages, (iii) Quantum Cryptography and (iv) Quantum Verification.
The specific research goals of the center align well with the eight frontiers identified in the 2020 Quantum Frontiers report by the White House’s National Quantum Coordination Office. This broad research agenda positions the protocenter to attract collaborators and compete for different funding opportunities. The overall goals of the protocenter are to perform fundamental research in the scientific and technological foundations of quantum computing platforms and to build a vibrant, diverse community of researchers and practitioners
Protocenter PI Himanshu Gupta said, “We are thankful to the university for giving us this opportunity to build a center on Quantum Computing and Networks. We hope to leverage the strengths of our team to build a self-sustaining visible center. Quantum Computing has the potential to significantly alter the computing landscape — and the focus of our center would be to conduct transformative research that can lead to new frontiers and usable technology in quantum information science.”
— Beth Squire