16 May 2018 Towards using trapped ions as memory nodes in a photon-mediated quantum network
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Quantum networking exploits features of quantum mechanics to provide ultrasecure networks that are both tamper-proof and tamper-evident. Such networks can be implemented as distant memory nodes connected via photon-based interfaces. Trapped ions are nearly ideal quantum network nodes due to the precise control possible over both their internal and external degrees of freedom as well as for their superior performance as long-term quantum memories. Photon-based qubits are the natural choice to transfer information within the network due to their ability to transmit quantum information over long distances and the capability to process information ”on-the-fly” between the memory nodes. We present the quantum research being done at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) with a focus on trapped ion qubits, the short- and long-term goals of the lab, and some of the unique resources we have access to at AFRL.
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B. Tabakov, B. Tabakov, J. Bell, J. Bell, D. F. Bogorin, D. F. Bogorin, B. Bonenfant, B. Bonenfant, P. Cook, P. Cook, L. Disney, L. Disney, T. Dolezal, T. Dolezal, J. P. O'Reilly, J. P. O'Reilly, J. Phillips, J. Phillips, K. Poole, K. Poole, L. Wessing, L. Wessing, K.-A. Brickman-Soderberg, K.-A. Brickman-Soderberg, "Towards using trapped ions as memory nodes in a photon-mediated quantum network", Proc. SPIE 10660, Quantum Information Science, Sensing, and Computation X, 106600L (16 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2305058; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2305058

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