Caltech to Build New Quantum Science and Technology Center Where Collaborations Could Lead to Breakthroughs – Pasadena Now


Caltech on Friday announced plans to build a new center for quantum science and technology that will bring together researchers in three fields that are advancing hand-in-hand: quantum sensing, quantum information and gravitational wave sensing – direct observation ripples in space-time.

Researchers at the new Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Center for Quantum Precision Measurement are expected to develop tools and concepts that can impact all areas of science and technology through sensorless sensing, measurement, and engineering capabilities. previous.

The fulcrum of a major initiative in quantum science and technology, the center will bring together a diverse community of theorists and experimentalists dedicated to understanding quantum systems and their potential uses.

A potential design for the new center. With preliminary studies completed, the detailed design and construction process was launched in January 2022. [Credit:Caltech]

“Caltech has a few people who are really experts in both quantum information theory and what we call ‘strongly interacting quantum systems’ or ‘condensed matter theory’. It’s a bit special actually. Caltech is the best equipped place in the world, I believe, to do this kind of research,” said theoretical physics professor Xie Chen.

The new center will provide a unique opportunity for collaborations that could lead to scientific breakthroughs.

“Quantum science should be quite. Of course, we belong to physics. We belong to engineering. We belong to mathematics or even to chemistry. But we are all studying the same system. It’s hope, I think. It is a colocation with interaction spaces and a high-quality laboratory space in the same building and directly connected to it. We don’t have that,” Chen said. “And that’s really important to us.”

The center will be housed in a six-story building that will be constructed in part through a generous donation from Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg to name the facility. The new building, funded entirely by philanthropy, will bring architectural innovation to a historic campus entrance on California Boulevard.

Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg [Credit: Caltech]

“Allen and Charlotte are inspired by the potential of the future and how they can deliver on the promise of future technologies,” said Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Professor. and physics teacher. “Through their generous philanthropy, the Ginsburgs are investing in youth and cross-disciplinary collaborations that will help launch the next era of quantum discovery.”

The building will feature four floors of spacious office and interaction spaces, spanning over 47,000 gross square feet, built on two floors of state-of-the-art underground laboratories that were recently made possible by a big Sherman Fairchild Foundation Scholarship. The building concept includes a glass design and attractive exterior elements evoking quantum discovery.

“I think scholars will love it,” says Charlotte Ginsburg, who honed her eye for design during her years of involvement with performing arts organizations. “It will be light. There will be open spaces for labs and plenty of spaces where students and faculty can meet.

To maximize collaboration, the center will also feature passageways to three adjacent buildings: the Ronald and Maxine Linde Mathematics and Physics Hall, the WK Kellogg Laboratory, and the Downs and Lauritsen Physics Laboratories, which house the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics.

The new building will be physically connected to several recently renovated spaces for physics and mathematics. [Credit: Chris Flynn/Max S. Gerber]

“It will be a trifecta where you have buildings that are very deeply connected to this new one,” says Allen Ginsburg. “You have the different disciplines together in a small space, sharing common auditoriums, communicating with each other. You can glean huge things from other areas that you wouldn’t otherwise get from sticking to one discipline. I think it’s the thing of the future.

As an illustration, Dr. Ginsburg, a retired ophthalmologist, describes the surprising gains he and his colleagues have made by taking the time to trade visits with other specialists: orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons.

“We saw tools and techniques they were using that were second nature to them, but that we didn’t realize existed,” he says. “And we were able to merge them into our repertoire. Wherever you have cross-disciplinary communication, it’s very, very exciting. Because great things come out when people share.

The Ginsburgs, who live near Long Beach, began exploring a partnership with Caltech in the spring of 2020. This is their first gift to the Institute. The causes they support are wide ranging, encompassing the performing arts, science, medicine and conservation. They have supported cutting-edge research efforts at several local universities. Whether giving to ballet, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Long Beach Symphony or a research institution, the Ginsburgs applaud those who strive for excellence.

“We are very grateful to Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg. Their primary gift enables us to realize our goal of uniting the community pursuing new quantum strategies,” says Fiona Harrison, Harold A. Rosen Professor of Physics at Caltech and CEO Kent and Joyce Kresa of the Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy Division “The new building will be home to extraordinary ideas that will provide groundbreaking new directions for scientific discovery.”

Initially intrigued by Caltech’s integration with JPL, the Ginsburgs recently began touring the campus to tour labs and meet faculty, students and campus leaders.

“We love the campus, the architecture, the trees, the surrounding neighborhoods,” says Charlotte. “It’s beautiful. We also love the story.

Allen Ginsburg often thinks about how the future will unfold and he sees the promise of quantum devices. One day, he speculates, quantum instruments will image the tiniest components of cells in great detail, quantum computers will expand our knowledge, and new instruments for telescopes and gravitational wave detectors will reveal the secrets of exoplanets akin to Earth, black holes and other galaxies.

“I think there are a lot of things that Caltech and JPL are doing that are in the best interests of the planet, and it’s very exciting to be involved,” Allen said. “We are thrilled with Caltech. I got to talk to people who do research at Caltech, and we made a fantastic connection.

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