Quantum Information Sciences Program

The Office of Naval Research Quantum Information Science Program supports basic and applied research.  The primary focus of the basic research element is the development and understanding of the security implications of quantum key distribution (QKD) protocols and implementations. The applied research program has two primary thrusts. The first is to understand the achievable performance, benefits, and limitations of algorithms for quantum key distribution in a maritime environment that is characterized by the presence of aerosol particles resulting in scattering and potential leakage of information to the environment. While QKD is often regarded as unconditionally secure, it is known that imperfect implementations of the mathematics associated with QKD leads to vulnerable systems. Of particular interest to the Navy for both the basic and applied programs is to develop an understanding of the security implications for QKD in the maritime environment, the development of protocols that simultaneously minimize leakage of information to the environment and the creation of secure networks, as well as schemes to maximize the information carried by a continuous or discrete variable. 

The second Quantum Information Science concentration area is the development of algorithms that are interesting, in that they accomplish a useful calculation, and if implemented on a computer would offer exponential speedup relative to a classical algorithm that accomplishes the same function executed on a classical computer. Here, interesting is to be understood as directly supporting a naval function such as routing, weapon-target pairing, etc…, a key application such as radar cross section calculation, or a commonly occurring computational primitive from linear algebra such as eigenvalue/eigenvectors of a sparse matrix with an unfavorable condition number.   

Note: Proposers are encouraged to contact the program officer to discuss their research interest prior to the submission of formal proposals.

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Tommy Willis

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 31

Email for Questions: richard.t.willis@navy.mil

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