Accession Number : AD1017468

Title :   A Quantum Network with Atoms and Photons

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : US Army Research Laboratory Adelphi United States

Personal Author(s) : Meyers,Ronald E ; Deacon,Keith S ; Tunick,Arnold D ; Quraishi,Qudsia ; Lee,Patricia

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Report Date : 01 Sep 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 114

Abstract : The objective of our Director's Strategic Initiative (DSI) research is to help pioneer a quantum repeater network beyond the US ArmyResearch Laboratory (ARL) environment. The long-term goal is to achieve a quantum repeater network capability for the US Army.Initially, a quantum channel between ARL and the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) at the University of Maryland - College Park wasinvestigated. Quantum repeaters will allow secure quantum communications to extend to distances where photon attenuation normallybecomes a limiting factor, and also allow quantum information to be transmitted and stored. The incipient quantum repeater networkdevelopment is based on an architecture where nodes are entangled with their nearest neighbors through photon interference, andentanglement chains are established and purified through entanglement swapping. We established a dark optical fiber link between ourquantum network laboratory and a quantum laboratory at JQI. We verified that the fiber link can carry entangled photons and quantuminformation. We constructed the rubidium (Rb) atomic memory magneto optical trap (MOT) cell and laser controls, and developedprotocols, hardware, and software to control the secure teleportation of information between quantum memories at ARL and JQI. Notably,we performed successful in-laboratory proof-of-principle photonic teleportation experiments. In this report, we present initial progress indeveloping the scientific underpinnings towards implementing an expandable quantum network with atoms and photons (QNET-AP) tofacilitate an intra-city quantum network connecting atomic memories.

Descriptors :   secure communications , quantum systems , fiber optics , quantum information

Subject Categories : Nuclear Physics & Elementary Particle Physics
      Quantum Theory and Relativity
      Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE