Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
Speaker: Mike Raymer, UO Physics Dept.
Title: The National Quantum Initiative, or Mr. Raymer goes to Washington
The National Quantum Initiative Act, which passed with strong bipartisan support in Congress and was signed into law by President Trump in late 2018, authorizes up to $1.275B in federal funding over five years and instructs the NIST, NSF, and DOE to work with academic institutions and private industry to catalyze the growth of quantum information science and technology (QIST). What are the main goals, opportunities, and hoped-for outcomes of QIST? What is the state of the art? How did a professor from the UO happen to initiate and organize the lobbying effort that led to passage of the NQI Act? How did Ivanka Trump assist in the process? The answers to some of these questions (without spoilers) can be found in the article:
“The US National Quantum Initiative – from Act to Action,” Christopher Monroe, Michael G Raymer and Jacob Taylor, Science, 3 May 2019, VOL 364 ISSUE 6439
Host: Dave Wineland