Harvard to Steer Collaboration to Pursue Research on Quantum Phenomena at Macroscopic Scale

May 14, 2019

Credit: Harald Ritsch, IQOQI, University of Innsbruck

Harvard University is part of a team of theoretical physicists from the United States and Austria investigating fundamentally new quantum mechanical behavior arising in systems of large numbers of electrons or atoms. This collaboration, entitled "Ultra-Quantum Matter," is supported by the Simons Foundation under the Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and Physical Sciences program, which aims to “stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science.”

Herchel Smith Professor of Physics Subir Sachdev is a principal investigator in the collaboration, while Professor of Physics Ashvin Vishwanath, will serve as the collaboration Director. This new effort is based on an $8 million, four-year award, renewable for three additional years. It supports a team at Harvard and at 11 other institutions: Caltech, the Institute for Advanced Study, MIT, Stanford, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California San Diego, the University of Chicago, the University of Colorado, University of Maryland, the University of Washington, and University of Innsbruck, Austria. In a notable reversal of the trend towards increased specialization, the UQM collaboration team cuts across traditional boundaries and consists of condensed matter and high energy theorists, as well as atomic and quantum information experts, who will work together on discovering the properties of new forms of UQM and help enable their realization in the laboratory.