LETTER: Aid supports lab’s efforts in computational research

Recently, the Rome Air Force Research Laboratory has undertaken to expand its activities in the field of photonic quantum computing research. This area of ​​research is essential not only to our economy, but also to our national security. Quantum computers are millions of times faster than the laptop you have at home.

The problem is that they often need climate-controlled rooms set to freezing temperatures. This is because the quantum computing process generates a lot of heat. Thus, large amounts of energy are required to keep systems cool. However, research into photonic quantum computing could lead to a breakthrough that would carry photon-particle information of light. This would significantly reduce the amount of heat generated by quantum computers.

Thus, significantly reducing the running costs of computers. It would be a massive breakthrough for the United States and give us a significant advantage over other global players. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik recently secured $25 million to support the lab in these efforts. This is in addition to the millions she has already secured. This research is critically important, and I am happy to be represented by someone who understands its importance. By helping the AFRL in Rome, we will see the region gain some credibility on the national and perhaps even global stage.

—Patricia Copperwheat, Oriskany

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