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Pitt physicist wins $3 million grant for quantum computing |

Pitt physicist wins $3 million grant for quantum computing

| Wednesday, May 28, 2014 4:43 p.m

A University of Pittsburgh physicist exploring the potential of quantum computing has won a $3 million grant from the Office of Naval Research Basic Research Challenge to further his work, Pitt officials announced Wednesday.

Sergey Frolov, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy will lead a team tasked with researching the possible uses of the elusive Majorana fermion in quantum computing.

Frolov, who was on the team that discovered the particle in 2012, speculated that the Majorana fermion could be used to create a powerful quantum computer.

Pitt scientists and others at Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, the University of Illinois and Yale University comprise Frolov’s research team. A second group, led by investigators at Princeton University, also received a $3 million Basic Research Challenge grant to pursue a different line of inquiry into Majorana fermions.

Frolov also recently won a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship, a two-year award for early-career investigators that carries a $50,000 research stipend.

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