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Our Work

Secure Optical Quantum Communications:

The 2nd Quantum Revolution: Quantum Information Science (QIS) concerns the study, control, and manipulation of quantum systems with the goal of achieving information sensing, processing, and communication beyond the limits of the classical world.

Our quantum communications research and development appreciates NASA, The Glenn Research Center and the many trailblazers that light our path. We continue the mission with groundbreaking discoveries in the field of experimental quantum optics. Our research takes advantage of the laws of quantum physics. These laws allow particles—typically photons of light for transmitting data along optical cables—to take on a state of superposition, which means they can represent multiple combinations of 1 and 0 simultaneously. The particles are known as quantum bits, or qubits.


SQOC BOX Secure Quantum Optical Communications transceiver conceptual

project name: QoT
Quantum Optical Transceiver

  • Compact and transportable: Enables numerous in-field applications not previously possible
  • Efficient: Transmits information at very low power levels (less than a nanowatt), while using a limited number of photons
  • Economical: Permits the use of low-cost, off-the-shelf optical coatings and components
  • Versatile: Can be used in free space and with fiber optic cables
  • Highly secure: Hides secure code in the difference of the entangled-photon pair, making interception impossible, even with current state-of-the-art technology


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project name: QNRC
Quantum Network Research Consortium

A Quantum Path Forward
Today, many scientific experts recognize that building and scaling quantum-protected and enhanced communication networks are among the most important technological frontiers of the 21st century. The international research community perceives the construction of a first prototype global quantum network—the Quantum Internet—to be within reach over the next decade.

In February 2020, the U.S Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research hosted the Quantum Internet Blueprint workshop to define a potential roadmap toward building the first nationwide quantum Internet. The workshop participants included representatives from DOE national laboratories, universities, industry, and other U.S. agencies with serious interests in quantum networking. The goal was to provide an outline of the essential research needed, detail any engineering and design barriers, and suggest a path forward to move from today’s limited local network experiments to a viable, secure quantum Internet.


project name: QoR
Quantum Optical Repeater

We need quantum repeaters, or waystations with quantum processors in them that would allow encryption keys (qubits)  to remain in quantum form as they are amplified and sent over long distances. Researchers have demonstrated it’s possible in principle to build such repeaters, but they haven’t yet been able to produce a working prototype.

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