Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Experimental Ambitions for DC-Area Quantum Network Testbed



Oliver T. Slattery, Adam Black


Quantum networks [1] bear the promise of one day enabling diverse applications such as secure communications, distributed quantum computing, distributed sensing, and time distribution, in addition to other applications not yet identified. In recent years, leaders at several DC-area federal research agencies observed a need for a US-government-centered, non-proprietary environment for test and evaluation of quantum networking concepts, components, protocols, and architectures. The Washington Metropolitan Quantum Network Research Consortium (DCQNet) was codified in 2022 by an interagency Memorandum of Understanding to advance cooperation among government agencies in quantum network research and development. Within DC-QNet, a variety of Working Groups were established to foster technical collaboration. The Experimental Working Group's goals include identification of suitable experimental topics and facilitation of collaborative experimental activities. Here we describe the collaborative experimental topic areas identified by the DC-QNet Experiments Working Group.
Conference Dates
March 20-23, 2023
Conference Location
San Diego, CA, US
Conference Title
GOMACTech 2023


quantum networking


Slattery, O. and Black, A. (2023), Experimental Ambitions for DC-Area Quantum Network Testbed, GOMACTech 2023, San Diego, CA, US, [online], (Accessed July 19, 2024)


If you have any questions about this publication or are having problems accessing it, please contact

Created March 23, 2023, Updated January 5, 2024