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ITL Quantum Information Program


Quantum science and engineering has the potential to revolutionize 21st century technology in much the same way that lasers, electronics, and computing did in the 20th century. The aim of ITL Quantum Information Program is to understand the potential for quantum-based technology to transform computing and communications, and to develop the measurement and standards infrastructure necessary to exploit this potential.


Xiao Tang of NIST's Information Technology Laboratory holding up an optical fiber channel

Xiao Tang of NIST's Information Technology Laboratory and colleagues conduct research on quantum communications over optical fiber channels.

Credit: ©Robert Rathe

The principal goals of the ITL Quantum Information Program are:

  1. To understand the potential (both opportunities and risks) for quantum information to revolutionize information science.
  2. To develop theory, methods, architectures and algorithms to enable engineering and testing of quantum computing components and systems.
  3. To demonstrate and test communication components, systems and protocols for the quantum era.

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Program Components

Major Accomplishments

Examples of significant accomplishments within this program include

  • Developed a novel randomized benchmarking scheme for quantum gates. [Details ...]
  • Developed and demonstrated the world's fastest long-distance fiber-based quantum key distribution system. [Details ...]
  • Developed a near-infrared spectrometer with ultra-high sensitivity. [Details ...]
  • Settled long-standing conjecture: that transverse quantum gate sets cannot be universal. [Details ...]

Created December 16, 2009, Updated May 28, 2020