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About the Physics Frontier Center @ JQI

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 (NSF) 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. As of the 2018-2019 academic year, the PFC @JQI draws upon the expertise of 25 PFC Fellows and their co-workers, and uses many JQI physical resources, in pursuing its three major research activities:

  1. Topological matter: from gases to solids
  2. Many-Body Physics with Photons
  3. Dynamics of Quantum Systems far from Equilibrium

The center has two co-directors advised by the PFC Council, which has seven total members, including one young investigator, plus the two co-directors. The members are Gretchen Campbell, Mohammad Hafezi, Chris Monroe, James Porto, Glenn Solomon, and ex-officio Luis Orozco (Co-director) and William Phillips (Co-director).

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.

The PFC @ JQI expects its members to follow the codes of conduct and policies ( scientifically and in their personal interactions as stated by UMD, as well as any set by their primary institutions, as applicable. In addition, we expect members to adhere to policies that are set forth by NSF, as applicable to grant awardees. Questions about NSF policies? Visit