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09-26-2001

$1.6 Million Grant Establishes Center For Quantum Device Technology At Clarkson

Potsdam, N.Y. -- Clarkson University has been awarded $1.6 million from the National Science Foundation to establish the Center for Quantum Device Technology. The 5-year grant will fund the research activities of the Center, which will be housed in Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP).

“This funding is a recognition of Clarkson’s significant expertise in quantum physics and computing,” said S.V. Babu, vice provost for research and director of CAMP. “The Center for Quantum Device Technology, under Dr. Privman’s leadership, will allow CAMP and Clarkson to address many emerging opportunities in quantum computing and cryptography.”

Clarkson Professor Vladimir Privman, of the departments of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, will be director of the Center. The other members of the research team are Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Ming-Ching Cheng, Professor of Physics M. Lawrence Glasser, Assistant Professor of Math and Computer Science Christino Tamon, and Research Assistant Professor Dima Mozyrsky, presently of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The National Science Foundation has expanded its investment in information technology (IT) research in recognition of the dramatic impact advances in IT have had on our society and the conduct of science and engineering. As a result, the agency has made a priority to fund “innovative, high payoff research, which explores new scientific, engineering, and educational areas in IT” – including quantum computation, which is a promising new paradigm that is likely to have significant practical applications for the computer industry. Clarkson’s Center for Quantum Device Technology will conduct fundamental research relevant to this industry.

As the dimensions of computer components become smaller, quantum effects will have to be accounted for in transport equations used for device modeling. One of the goals of the new Center will be to set up comprehensive modeling approaches within newly developing semiconductor solid-state physics for device design. These approaches will have the potential to offer new paradigms for fast and low-power computation, secure information transmission, and new uses of semiconductor materials. The research also has implications for future utilization of semiconductor devices, optical fibers, very short pulse lasers, single-photon detectors, and spintronics devices.

Coherent quantum dynamics also has the promise of speeding up certain information processing tasks. The new transport models will consider quantum phenomena along the device channel, in addition to energy quantization in the inversion layer, needed for designing nano-scale MOS devices, and spintronics (spin-polarized charge carrier) devices. The Center's work will also include modeling SiGe heterostructures that can be integrated with the current CMOS technology.

Privman, director of the new Center for Quantum Device Technology, is recognized worldwide for his expertise in this field. His primary research interests include nanotechnology, quantum computing, and statistical and surface physics. His main contributions have been in developing and evaluating approaches to utilize semiconductor heterostructures and quantum wells, based on the silicon-chip device technology, for quantum computing. He has also contributed to theories of synthesis of uniform fine particles and worked in modeling electron transport of relevance to single-quantum measurement and control.

Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) is dedicated to developing research and educational programs in high-technology materials processing, and to transferring newly developed technologies to business and industry. CAMP receives support from the New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research for research and operating expenses as one of 15 Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT). In addition, CAMP-related research receives several million dollars in funding each year from the federal government and private industry.

Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., is an independent technological university offering majors in the sciences, engineering, liberal arts, physical therapy and business. At Clarkson 2,600 undergraduates and 350 graduate students learn in an academically rigorous, collaborative culture that emphasizes hands-on team projects and real-world multidisciplinary challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level. As a result, Clarkson has earned a reputation for developing innovative leaders in technology-based fields.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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