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A Testbed for Quantum Communication and Quantum Networks



Lijun Ma, Abdella Battou, Xiao Tang, Oliver T. Slattery


The development of Quantum Networks is underway with significant acceleration in in recent years. Meanwhile. quantum scale devices and components such as single photon sources, detectors, memories and interfaces are ever readier to leave the laboratory. Therefore, there is a need to test new and existing quantum devices, protocols and alternative network configurations in a real life, active network in a controlled scientific setting. The NIST Platform for Quantum Network Innovation (PQNI) will be used to field test new and existing quantum components and quantum network protocols for performance, synchronization, loss compensation, error correction, compatibility with conventional network traffic (often referred to as co-existence), continuity of operations, optimization and more.
Proceedings Title
Quantum Information Science, Sensing, and Computation XI
Conference Dates
April 14-18, 2019
Conference Location
Baltimore, MD, US
Conference Title
SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing


quantum communication, quantum network, field testbed


Ma, L. , Battou, A. , Tang, X. and Slattery, O. (2019), A Testbed for Quantum Communication and Quantum Networks, Quantum Information Science, Sensing, and Computation XI, Baltimore, MD, US, [online],, (Accessed May 22, 2024)


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Created May 12, 2019, Updated October 12, 2021