Quantum Information Sciences

World Class Research in Quantum Information Sciences

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Quantum Information Sciences at Sandia

Sandia’s Quantum Information Program targets advances in the understanding and mastery of quantum systems for enabling the manipulation of information with greater sensitivity, speed, and security than is possible with classical information processing methods. The Quantum Information Program at Sandia leverages our engineering facilities and expertise while drawing on our science base to link engineering with basic science. Through theory, computational modeling, and experimentation, our program advances the art of the possible in many facets of quantum information sciences. Over the past 15 years Sandia has developed exceptional expertise and capabilities through focused internal investments coupled with Department of Energy (DOE) and other federal program support.

Why Sandia?

Sandia has built an exceptional Quantum Information Program spanning the entire breadth of Quantum Information Science (QIS) through focused research programs and by utilizing its unique technical capability areas: micro-electronics and quantum device fabrication, nanotechnology, tailored materials, and high-performance computing. Sandia is home to world- class researchers and cutting-edge facilities and is dedicated to supporting our engineering talent in all pursuits from design and test, to control systems and measurement. With both established and exploratory programs, Sandia has expertise and capabilities in a variety of disciplines. Learn more


Qubits: qubit design / development / fabrication / test, entanglement, noise modeling, design tools

Communication: Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), photon source development, single photon detectors, quantum networking

Quantum engineering: architectures, robust controls for quantum gates, qubit and quantum processor performance characterization

Sensing: ultra-high precision timing, acceleration sensing, magnetometry, and electric field sensing; sensing employing both atom and matter wave interferometry

Algorithms/apps: algorithm development, demonstration of few-qubit applications

Engineering: dramatic size-, weight-, and power- reductions for QKD, atomic clocks, and atom interferometers – lasers, photon source, control electronics, integrated photonics, vacuum packaging and systems

Modeling and Simulation: quantum device modeling, design toolkits, error correction simulators

Key Capabilities

Trapped Ion Qubits

Sandia designs and fabricates MEMS-scale surface electrode Ion Traps which isolate ions or lines by applying electromagnetic fields. 

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Silicon Qubits

Silicon qubits leverage the massive investment the classical microelectronics industry has made in device fabrication to build a stable, low-noise environment for quantum computing. 

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Characterization, Verification & Validation

Sandia leads the world in characterizing qubits, having developed gate-set tomography and other techniques that allow actionable assessments of the performance of systems of qubits. 

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Additional Qubit Technology

Sandia developed a variety of additional capabilities for qubits and quantum technologies.


Join the Quantum Team 

Sandia is well positioned to continue providing world class research in quantum information sciences to serve the nation in an impactful way. Building on its 15 years of successful investments and R&D activities, Sandia will continue to utilize its unique and exciting capabilities to push the boundaries on the art of the possible. The Sandia Quantum Program plans to hire multiple new positions in quantum science and engineering over the next year. If you would like additional information regarding opportunities for how you could engage in unique, challenging, and meaningful work in the pursuit of national security, feel free to contact us at quantumjobs@sandia.gov .