The mission of the newly formed Institute for Quantum Studies is to provide a focal point for students, researchers, institutions, state and national governments, and industry around the world to collaborate for the advancement of the foundations and applications of Quantum Physics. In addition, the Institute offers support to new fields evolving from these advances (e.g. in mathematical, social, biological, computational, and physical sciences). The Institute will also strive to communicate the relevance and importance of Quantum Studies to the broader public through a lecture series (given by widely recognized speakers) and other outreach efforts. While conceptually deep, the lectures will be given in simple layman terms for the broadest impact.
Quantum physics is the most successful scientific theory in history and governs the micro-world of atoms. In the 20th century, it led to discoveries that now make up more than half of the US gross national product, such as computers, lasers, etc. Recent developments (identified by many government agencies as critical), have led to revolutionary new technological possibilities including ultra-powerful computers and cryptographic codes that cannot be broken (allowing for protected communications). If information is processed with quantum states instead of with classical yes-no bits, then we can perform tasks that are not possible with any computer evolving out of today’s technology, a possibility which could potentially transform all science.