The mission of the Northwestern-Fermilab Center for Applied Physics & Superconducting Technologies is to advance research on superconducting materials, from discovery of new superconductors to understanding the physics of superconductivity for applications at the forefront of accelerator science for high energy physics, to the development of superconducting quantum circuits for quantum sensing, quantum simulation and quantum computing.

CAPST research is multi-disciplinary, aimed at understanding of the physical processes limiting the performance superconducting RF cavities for high-energy particle accelerators for fundamental physics.

CAPST researchers grow ultra-high-quality single crystal and thin film superconductors for research ranging from fundamental studies of topological superconductivity to applications for SRF and quantum device technologies.[read more]

CAPST researchers are leaders in design, fabrication and characterization of superconducting  materials as devices for quantum sensing, quantum simulation and quantum computing.

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CAPST researchers are leaders in the theory of nonequilibrium superconductivity, superconducting quantum circuits and devices for quantum sensing, quantum simulation and quantum computing.

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