Center for Quantum Networks ERC Featured by White House

    Date Posted: 
    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

    The National Quantum Initiative website and the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy Twitter (@WHOSTP) featured UArizona's Center for Quantum Networks (CQN) Engineering Research Center (ERC) April 7, 2021. The center, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on quantum networking research and is pursuing applications in quantum-secured communications, distributed quantum computing and entanglement enhanced sensing.  

    Charles Tahan, Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Director of the National Quantum Coordination Office, writes of CQN,

    I’m fortunate this month to be able to highlight one of the country’s QIS research centers that is focused on quantum networking: the NSF Center for Quantum Networks (CQN) led by the University of Arizona. CQN’s vision is to develop the prototype devices, repeaters, and network architectures to support sending 10 million qubits worth of information per second between multiple locations, serving multiple applications, at the same time. Just to be clear, that is really hard! (Perhaps comparable to building a quantum computer in the first place.)...As CQN and additional QN programs make progress, I’m especially excited to watch the advancement of the core components needed for quantum networks – such as quantum transducers and quantum memories – that will enable all quantum technologies.

    CQN is composed of ten institutions and twenty-eight principal investigators, and led by Associate Professor of Optical Sciences and Center Director Saikat Guha. Dr. Guha said of the center's research, "The transformation of today's internet through quantum technology will spur entirely new tech industries and create an innovation ecosystem of quantum devices and components, service providers and applications. The potential impact of CQN is so immense, it is almost incalculable."