A $2.3m research programme, comprised of four individual projects, has been unveiled to enhance cryogenic technologies for innovation in quantum information science and technology to further progress US innovation.

The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) on Wednesday (May 23) unveiled the programme, in collaboration with the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Celia Merzbacher, Executive Director of QED-C, said, “This programme will help accelerate the pace of US innovation and commercialisation in the field of quantum. QED-C plans for additional research opportunities for consortium members in the coming year in an effort to remove further barriers and enable advances in quantum technology and applications.”

Together, it is hoped QED-C and NIST will help address gaps identified by QED-C members and progress QIST applications for computing, networking and communication and sensing. To do this, the duo has confirmed support from FormFactor, Northrop Grumman, Quantum Opus and Triton Systems, which will each lead one of the four individual focuses.

Under its part of the effort, FormFactor has said it will develop a novel load lock designed to reduce the time required to test quantum chips. Northrop Grumman will advance small cryocoolers in the 3 kelvin (K) to 5K range in the 0.1 watt (W) to 1W lift range.

Supporting this, Quantum Opus will explore two parallel paths to a low-cost and compact 2.5 K cryocooler and Triton Systems will demonstrate a multi-stage modified Collins cycle cryocooler to provide cooling at 4K for components and systems that enable quantum information science and technology.