Department of Energy awards $8M grant for quantum research to CINT

December 19, 2018

CHTM’s collaborators at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) have been awarded an $8 million dollar grant for quantum research from the Department of Energy. The new grant will allow the two major national laboratories in the state, Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, to advance techniques and tools in quantum mechanics research. Specifically, sensing and computing technologies.

UNM is a leading institution in quantum materials and this increase in funding to strengthen the research network in quantum materials and mechanics will further enhance the strong collaboration between CHTM/UNM and Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories.

CHTM faculty member, Dr. Victor Acosta, Assistant Professor at Physics and Astronomy, was interviewed for his similar research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Acosta is working with a California Startup, ODMR Technologies, on creating a new quantum sensing device. They want to build machines that look at individual cells or molecules, with the goal being a new sensor that can be used for bio samples like cell cultures to see the composition at the atomic level.

To read the full story covered by the Albuquerque Journal, click here.

To read more about Dr. Acosta’s research, click here.

*Parts of this story have been excerpted from the Albuquerque Journal article, source listed above.