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2020 Gold Medal Award


The team is honored for breakthrough results at the forefront of quantum computation, a field expected to bring sweeping changes to cryptography, drug discovery, and the modeling of complex systems. Their world's first demonstration of deterministic quantum gate teleportation between physically separated trapped ions, first proposed 20 years ago, represents a critical building block in creating practical quantum computers based on trapped ions, where thousands or millions of quantum bits will need to interact. Their results were highlighted in the May 31, 2019 issue of Science.


Scott Glancy

Information Technology Laboratory

Emanuel Knill

NIST Fellow
Information Technology Laboratory

Andrew Wilson

Chief, Quantum Physics Division
Laboratory Programs, Physical Measurement Laboratory, Quantum Physics Division

Dietrich Leibfried

Laboratory Programs, Physical Measurement Laboratory, Time and Frequency Division