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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Free-Space Quantum Communication


Directed Energy Directorate, RD/Physical Sciences

RO# Location
13.10.02.C0107 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776


Name E-mail Phone
Gruneisen, Mark T 505.846.9298
Johnson, Robert Lee 505.846.6699


The postdoctoral researcher will conduct research and development in the area of photon sources for quantum communication over long-distance, free-space optical channels in support of the development of large-scale quantum networks. The postdoctoral researcher will define and conduct laboratory and field experiments involving Bell-state measurements, teleportation, and quantum key distribution

(QKD). The postdoctoral researcher will also analyze data, document research results, present findings at scientific conferences, and publish findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Experience is sought in the areas of 1) quantum sources including entangled photon sources and sub-Poissonian photon sources, 2) quantum entanglement and Bell-state measurements, 3) quantum entanglement distribution, teleportation, and QKD, and 4) quantum channels and quantum networks. A combination of laboratory and theoretical experience is desirable.

1. M. T. Gruneisen et al., “Modeling daytime sky access for a satellite quantum key distribution downlink,” Opt. Exp. 23(18), 23924 (2015)

2. M.T. Gruneisen et al., “Modeling satellite-Earth quantum channel downlinks with adaptive-optics coupling to single-mode fibers,” Opt Eng. 56(12) 126111 (2017)

3. M.T. Gruneisen et al., “Adaptive-optics-enabled quantum communication: a technique for daytime space-to-Earth Links,” PR Applied 16 014067 (2021)

4. R.N. Lanning et al., “Quantum communication over atmospheric channels: a framework for optimizing wavelength and filtering,” arXiv preprint 2104.10276 (2021)

5. R. Lafler et al., “An optimal polarization-entangled source: frequency-converted SPDC with degeneracy, indistinguishability, and ultra-high purity configurable over a large spectral range,” arXiv preprint 2107.08070 (2021)

Quantum Communication, Quantum Entanglement, Entanglement Distribution, Entangled-Photon Sources, Quantum Teleportation, Quantum Networks, Quantum Key Distribution, Parametric Down Conversion


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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