Since 1956, the Laboratory for Physical Sciences, in partnership with the University of Maryland, has advanced the physics and engineering behind information science and technology. A unique organization where university, industry, and federal government scientists collaborate on research in advanced communication, sensing, and computer technologies, the LPS currently houses four main divisions: Solid-State and Quantum Physics, Optical and RF Innovations, Microelectronics Integration, and Advanced Computing Systems. 

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The Solid State and Quantum Physics (SSQP) program pursues research in experimental and theoretical quantum information science and technology, in cryogenic devices, and materials science. We engage with academia, industry, national labs, and centers of excellence around the country and the world to advance the state of the art in quantum computing and cryogenic information technologies.

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The Optical and RF Innovations (ORI) program at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) supports current and future challenges confronting the DoD through the fundamental understanding and application of research in next generation optical  and RF communication systems, sensing platforms, and HPC/Beyond Moore's computing.

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The Microelectronics Integration  (MI) program conducts research on systems and components to provide advanced hardware solutions and capabilities to support current and future missions.  Our laboratory facilities house state-of-the-art nanoscale device fabrication and packaging capabilities.  MI partners with leading academic, industrial, and governmental research organizations to assure that our customers have access to the most advanced research developments and scientific insights in advanced manufacturing and trusted electronics.

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The Advanced Computing Systems Research Program (ACS) seeks to be the  nation’s premier innovation engine for advanced computing. We collaborate with industry, academia, and the government on research to improve computing systems for a range of applications including cybersecurity  and complex data analytics.  ACS has active research projects in neuromorphic and probabilistic computing, advanced modeling and simulation, energy efficiency, architectures, productivity, and resilience. We are located at the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park adjacent to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) campus. 


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8050 Greenmead Drive,

College Park, MD 20740

Phone: (301) 935-6400

Fax: (301) 935-6723


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