Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Quantum Optical Networks for Quantum Computers
Communications Technology Laboratory, Radio Frequency Technology Division
Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.
Quantum information technologies promise exponential improvements over classical technologies, with recent demonstrations of quantum computers having tens of qubits using superconducting circuits operating at microwave frequencies. The growth of quantum computers is expected to depend critically on their ability to be networked, most likely through optical communications channels. Quantum transducers being developed at NIST using optical cavities and quantum dots are leading the way toward connecting super-conducting qubits to optical photons for networking. The characteristics of optical channels to establish a “quantum internet” must be defined and developed in terms of operational protocols, quantum state fidelity, entanglement lifetime, and propagation characteristics. Research proposals are being sought that would advance efforts to build and experimentally demonstrate the world’s first optical network of super conducting quantum computers.
Quantum Internet; Optical Communications; Networking Protocols; Optical System Design; Quantum Computers; Entanglement; Quantum Transduction; State Tomography; Teleportation
Open to U.S. citizens
Open to Postdoctoral applicants