Berkeley Lab is forging solutions to harness quantum information science and technology for discoveries that will improve our lives, from new materials to secure communications.
We’re pioneering work across the quantum research ecosystem—from theory to application— partnering with industry and academia to fabricate and test quantum-based devices, develop software and algorithms, build a prototype computer and network, and apply these innovations for breakthroughs in physics and chemistry. We also provide hands-on training for the future quantum workforce.
“A quantum computer gives us the potential to study problems that realistically reflect the complexities of nature and solve specific tasks faster than classical computers.”
BERT DE JONG
Acting Head of the Computational Science Department
Computing Sciences Area
Predicting, designing, and synthesizing quantum materials and tailoring their properties to address pressing technological needs.
Designing and fabricating proof-of-principle and prototype quantum processors, controls, sensors, and more.
Quantum Software and Protocols
Developing algorithms and programming tools to harness the power of quantum computing.
Quantum Communications and Networks
Developing a prototype quantum network based on entanglement to connect quantum testbeds.
Advancing Science with Quantum
Exploring the application of quantum computing for discoveries in physics, chemistry, biology, and more.
Training the Quantum Workforce
Growing a next-generation workforce to keep the nation at the forefront of quantum science innovation.
Facilities, Centers, Projects, and Programs
QUANT-NET brings together world-leading expertise in quantum technologies, optics, materials, networks, testbed operations, and other assets from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and Caltech in order to build a proof-of-concept quantum network based on entanglement.
NPQC’s objective is to dramatically expand our control and understanding of coherence in solids by building on fundamental materials discoveries in recent years.
Scientists are creating a “nanofabrication cluster toolset” that allows users to investigate the fundamental limits of state-of-the-art quantum systems. Another effort is developing a unique suite of electron beam-based metrology techniques.
Berkeley Lab is developing sensors that enlist properties of quantum physics to probe for dark matter particles in new ways, with increased sensitivity and in previously unexplored energy regimes.
Advancing the development and understanding of new synthetic materials and their electronic, spin, chemical, and physical properties.
This program seeks to elucidate and enhance entanglement generation and characterization in superconducting films/interfaces in combination with transduction between microwave photons and solid matter.
Advancing Integrated Development Environments for Quantum Computing through Fundamental Research (AIDE-QC)
Scientists are developing and delivering an open-source computing, programming, and simulation environment that supports the large diversity of quantum computing research at the Department of Energy.
The Berkeley Quantum Synthesis Toolkit (BQSKit) is a superoptimizing quantum compiler and research vehicle that combines ideas from several projects at LBNL into an easily accessible and quickly extensible software suite.
An integrated team of scientists developing quantum algorithms for chemical sciences, closely working together with computer scientists, applied mathematicians and the quantum hardware developers.
We foster strong partnerships that guide innovations from the Lab toward the marketplace. See our quantum technologies.
Paving the Way for a Nationwide Quantum Internet
Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley will be home to a cutting-edge quantum network testbed. The goal is to build a distributed quantum network between Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley that will help realize the DOE’s vision of establishing a nationwide quantum Internet.
PODCAST | SEASON 1, EPISODE 4 | JUNE 30, 2021
A Day in the Half-Life: Quantum Computing
Lawrence Schrodinger’s cat is alive and well … as a guiding principle in modern quantum computers! Check out episode of our podcast, A Day In The Half Life, to hear what’s going on with quantum computing at Berkeley Lab.
VIDEO | MAY 19, 2021
Basics2Breakthroughs: Harnessing quantum mechanics for real world applications
Berkeley Lab Research Scientist and QSA researcher Mekena Metcalf is a Quantum Wrangler who develops computer software and theory to control quantum systems with electromagnetic waves. Controlling quantum systems efficiently will allow the implementation of quantum algorithms for next-generation high-performance computing, develop accurate sensors to measure elusive properties of the universe like dark-matter, and teleport quantum information from one scientific facility to another.
People of Berkeley Lab
Applied Mathematics and Computational Research
“Quantum computing is cool because it allows us to simulate quantum systems — extremely small systems that are really difficult to simulate in the lab — in real experiments.”
Director of the Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT)
Computing Sciences Area
“With this cutting-edge testbed we are asking and evaluating the basic science questions needed to guide the future development of quantum computers.”
Director of QUANT-NET
Director of the Scientific Networking Division
Director of ESnet
“Berkeley Lab has the network deployment expertise and protocol knowledge to work hand-in-hand with the quantum physicists, scientists, and device and system manufacturers to ensure the right architecture is chosen to realize DOE’s vision of a quantum Internet.”