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What is Coherence?

The Center for Synthesizing Quantum Coherence is a multi-institutional group whose work focuses on investigating quantum coherence and how it can improve our lives. But quantum coherence can be difficult to explain, even for scientists! If you’re interested in our science, check out these educational documents created by graduate students and postdocs on our informal science communication team to get a good understanding of what we study.

Introduction to Coherence

How Coherence Can Impart Function

Understanding Solar Cells From Multiple Perspectives

Spin of Electrons May Drive Future Computers

The first description of quantum coherence in chemical bonding resides in the Duke University archives, in the form of London’s charge density maps for the triplet and singlet states of the hydrogen molecule, as glorious as when they first appeared in 1928.