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The Physics Frontier Center at JQI performed leading-edge experimental and theoretical investigation on ways to control and process quantum coherence and entanglement—the physics of quantum information—from Sep. 2008 until Aug. 2022. It was funded during two periods (initially 2008 - 2014, then renewed for 2014 - 2022) 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.

The PFC@JQI drew upon the expertise of 25 PFC Fellows and their co-workers, shared many JQI physical resources and pursued 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 PFC project began on September 1, 2008 and was renewed in 2014. With the renewal, the research direction was changed based on results of the previous PFC@JQI. It typically supported around 17 graduate students, seven postdoctoral researchers and seven undergraduates, as well as numerous educational and outreach efforts.

For a selection of PFC-funded research, please visit this list on Google Scholar.