News release: TheUniversity of Maryland in College Park has been awarded $10.3 million in stimulus funds by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to build an advanced quantum science lab. The Laboratory for Advanced Quantum Science (LAQS) will be built underground with exquisite environmental controls to eliminate even minute vibrations or changes in temperature. One of the prime users of the new facility will be the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a partnership between the University and NIST. The 21,000 square foot lab will provide JQI scientists and other investigators with facilities specially designed for the needs of research at the frontiers of quantum science. The facility will be in the university's planned Physical Sciences Complex. The grant calls for a $5.2 million local match by the state and the University.