Quantum Information Sciences

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 program spans 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. With both established and exploratory programs, Sandia has expertise and capabilities in a variety of disciplines. Learn more about the program


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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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 use 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 .