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Second annual trapped-ion conference comes to UMD

The University of Maryland will host the 2nd North American Conference on Trapped Ions (NACTI) from July 22-26. This year’s conference comes two years after the inaugural meeting, which was held on the Boulder, Colorado campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

More than 230 students and researchers from around the globe, all working on the science of trapped atomic ions, will attend five days of sessions at the Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center on campus at UMD.

Topics to be covered at NACTI 2019 include quantum computing, precision measurements, the design and fabrication of ion traps, and quantum networking. The JQI is a sponsor of the conference, as are companies Toptica Photonics, ColdQuanta, M Squared, and IonQ, a quantum computing startup co-founded by JQI Fellow Christopher Monroe.

Monroe and JQI Fellow Norbert Linke are serving as conference co-chairs and will also give presentations on their research. In addition to the 32 total talks—four of which are from NIST researchers—there will be two sessions for contributed posters. Special events at the conference include lab tours and an excursion to Washington, D.C., during which attendees will be free to visit museums, monuments and other national landmarks.

Story by Jillian Kunze