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Lijun Ma (Fed)

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Lijun Ma received B.S. degree in Department of Precision Instruments, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1996, and M.S. and Ph.D degree in National Engineering Research Center for Optical Memory, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2001.

He joined the quantum communication project in National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2004, where he is researching quantum communication and network, and related technologies. As one of leading scientists, he developed a variety of quantum communication and network system, entangled photon sources, quantum interfaces and quantum memories.  Current his research interests are quantum memories, quantum repeaters and quantum networks.

Dr. Ma has coauthored scores of articles in top journals, keynote and invited talks in conferences and workshops, and patents in quantum communication field. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Optical Society of America.

Please visit our Quantum Communication Project Page.



 R&D 100 Award, R&D Magazine2007.   For development of a high-speed fiber-based quantum key distribution system. (This award celebrates the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year.)

Finalist, Innovation in Engineering Award, Institute of Engineering & Technology, Incorporated by Royal Charter, Great Britain, 2007.   For development of a high-speed fiber-based quantum key distribution system.


Entangled photon pair generation in an integrated SiC platform

Anouar Rahmouni, Lijun Ma, Ruixuan Wang, Jingwei Li, Xiao Tang, Thomas Gerrits, Qing Li, Oliver T. Slattery
Entanglement plays a vital role in quantum information processing. Owing to its unique material properties, silicon carbide recently emerged as a promising

Metropolitan-scale Entanglement Distribution, with Co-existing Quantum and Classical Signals in a single fiber

Anouar Rahmouni, Paulina Kuo, Ya-Shian Li-Baboud, Ivan Burenkov, Yicheng Shi, Jabir Marakkarakath Vadakkepurayil, Nijil Lal Cheriya Koyyottummal, Dileep Reddy, Mheni Merzouki, Lijun Ma, Abdella Battou, Sergey Polyakov, Oliver T. Slattery, Thomas Gerrits
The development of prototype metropolitan-scale quantum networks is underway and entails transmitting quantum information via single photons through deployed

Hybrid quantum edge computing network

Lijun Ma, Leah Ding
Edge computing network and quantum network are two emerging technologies in current communication fields. Edge computing has emerged to support the

Patents (2018-Present)

Experminetal system configuration for Ultra-High Spectral Resolution Spectrometer Based on Electromagnetically-Induced Transparency

Direct Absolute Spectrometer for Direct Absolute Spectrometry

NIST Inventors
Lijun Ma , Xiao Tang and Oliver T. Slattery
A direct absolute spectrometer includes: a first light source; a second light source; an optical combiner that produces dual light; an optical cell that receives the dual light; an electromagnetically induced transparent medium that is optically transparent to single photon light in a presence of
Created October 8, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022