The Physics Frontier Center is devoted to leading-edge experimental and theoretical investigation of ways to control and process quantum coherence and entanglement — the physics of quantum information. It is funded through a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation and operated within the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a partnership between the University of Maryland (UMD) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with additional support from the Laboratory for Physical Sciences.
JQI, headquartered on the UMD campus in College Park, MD, conducts a broad range of research programs in fundamental and applied quantum physics, in both theory and experiment. The PFC @JQI draws upon the expertise of 23 JQI Fellows and their co-workers, and uses many JQI physical resources, in pursuing its three major research activities:
- Topological matter: from gases to solids
- Many-Body Physics with Photons
- Dynamics of Quantum Systems far from Equilibrium
The center has two co-directors advised by the PFC Council, that has four members, one young investigator, plus the two directors. The members are Luis Orozco (Co-director), William Phillips (Co-director), Gretchen Campbell, Sankar Das Sarma, Paul Julienne, Christopher Monroe, and Glenn Solomon.
The PFC project began on September 1, 2008. The PFC was renewed in 2014, and with the renewal, the research direction was changed based on results of the previous PFC @JQI. It typically supports around 17 graduate students, seven postdoctoral researchers and seven undergraduates, and undertakes numerous educational and outreach efforts.