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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.


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 ...]
Xiao Tang uses optical fiber to design quantum communication systems. Photo: (c) Robert Rathe.

Start Date:

March 1, 2001

End Date:


Lead Organizational Unit:



NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Indiana University, Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics (Waterloo, Canada), University of Maryland Baltimore County


Division 771 (Applied and Computational Mathematics)

  • Scott Glancy, Barry Hershman, Stephen Jordan, Emanuel (Manny) Knill, Paulina Kuo, Yi-Kai Liu, Oliver Slattery, Xiao Tang
  • Guest Researchers: Bryan Eastin, Lijun Ma, Alan Mink

Division 772 (Advanced Networking Technologies)

  • Anastase Nakassis

Division 773 (Computer Security)

  • David Cooper, Ray Perlner

Associated Products:


Ronald F. Boisvert
301-975-3812 Telephone
301-975-3553 Facsimile

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8910
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8910