OU to dedicate new Quantum Technology Center

The University of Oklahoma is preparing to dedicate the OU Center for Quantum Research and Technology in ceremonies to be held Friday in Norman.

The University says the center will put OU and Oklahoma on track to become a world leader in quantum technology by excelling in basic research and pursuing applications by its discoveries.

The newly constructed hub, recently established by the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, will capitalize on the expertise of OU’s current physics groups and will train the future workforce for this emerging field, while establishing meaningful partnerships with industry leaders.

The 2:30 p.m. ceremony will feature OU Interim President Joseph Harroz Jr. as well as Tomas Diaz de la Rubia who is Vice President for Research and Partnerships. Dean David Wrobel of the OU College of Arts and Sciences and Alberto Marino, interim director of the OU Center for Quantum Research and Technology will also be on hand.

There will also be guided tours of Lin Hall from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed by lectures presented by:

·       Neal F. Lane, Ph.D., Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy 1, Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus, Rice University

·       Alberto Marino, Ph.D., Interim Director, Center for Quantum Research and Technology, and Associate Professor of Physics, University of Oklahoma

·       Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Partnerships, University of Oklahoma

The hub is located Lin Hall, an advance design physics building hosting 18,000 square feet of laboratory space that meets NIST-A specifications on vibrations, temperature, humidity and electromagnetic interference.