The University of Maryland has emerged as a world leader in the transformative field of quantum research. Quantum researchers capitalize on the strange behavior of subatomic particles, which can exist in two different states simultaneously, making new data processing advances possible that transcend the zeroes and ones of binary code. This capacity to be two things at once is called “superposition,” and it is the key to quantum systems’ extraordinary flexibility. Furthermore, in the quantum world, two objects can behave in ways that are correlated, even though may be widely separated and have never been in contact. Physicists call this “entanglement.” From a combination of these weird phenomena, superposition and entanglement, researchers can develop unprecedented codes and computation tools. The potential impact of quantum research not only involves computing, offering the potential to revolutionize sensing and communications. UMD has established centers to advance quantum research, partnering with industry and government.
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