A University of Iowa physicist has been awarded $2.3 million in federal funding to continue studying the foundational aspects of quantum computing in theoretical high-energy physics, reports the Corridor Business Journal. Yannick Meurice, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, had previously been awarded $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science. The extra funding, over three years, will allow Meurice and other researchers to collaborate with experimentalists using cold atoms to perform quantum simulations of theoretical models. Meurice is the principal investigator of an academic consortium that includes Boston University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Syracuse University, University of Maryland-College Park and the University of California-Santa Barbara.