BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL...July 2, 2019 - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) announces that it is pursuing joint research and development programs to advance quantum technology together with the Israel Ministry of Defense, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy, as well as the high-tech industry in Israel and around the world.

Quantum technology leverages 100-year-old quantum theory developed into specific applications, such as high-precision atomic clocks; gravitational and magnetic sensors; and navigation systems, as well secure communication systems and quantum computers, expected to outperform traditional computers.

Ben-Gurion University has unique and advanced expertise in this fast-emerging field and is establishing research relationships with different defense organizations as well as the high-tech industry such as Accubeat Ltd. BGU researchers have already delivered several prototypes of various technologies to these companies and defense organizations.

This may include drug engineering, medical imaging (e.g.

of the brain), privacy, water and mineral detection, as well as an improved electrical grid.

"Quantum theory includes a very strange set of rules and its quirkiness will result in revolutionary quantum technology with vastly different capabilities than what we are used to," according to Prof. Ron Folman, the Ruth Flinkman-Marandy and Ben Marandy Chair in Quantum Physics and Nanotechnology, head of the BGU Atom Chip Laboratory.

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