Quantum technology is rapidly emerging as the next great technological breakthrough of the 21st century. Among developed countries, a technology race is underway to determine which country will be the first to create – and reap the benefits of – this powerful new technology. As new quantum devices emerge, a network capable of interconnecting these devices will be critical. Just as traditional fiber optic networks permitted the transmission of classical bits of information and the creation of a high-speed Internet, a fiber optic quantum network will need to be built to enable the sharing of quantum bits (or qubits). Qubitekk is working closely with today’s fiber optic asset owners to design and construct the quantum networks of tomorrow. Our vision of a quantum network includes not only the high-fidelity transmission of quantum states using photonic qubits, but also envisions an active network where critical quantum resources (source, detector, interferometers, etc.) are made accessible to network users and can be reallocated for various applications. Qubitekk is working with industry partners, FFRDCs, and NIST/NSF-sponsored Quantum Institutes around the country to help make quantum networks a near-term reality.
Government & Defense
Qubitekk offers new solutions – powered by quantum technology – critical to maintaining U.S. scientific and military dominance. Leveraging patented and proprietary quantum technology, Qubitekk works closely with U.S. energy and defense agencies, state and municipal entities, and private industry to network quantum and classical processors, sensors, and other devices. We simultaneously support new solutions to existing and emerging threats, with novel, quantum-enabled solutions for securing communications over untrusted networks, ensuring the security reliability of the electrical grid, and enhancing satellite and drone capabilities with new quantum devices. This is all part of Qubitekk’s commitment to supporting the U.S. energy and defense-related technology roadmaps.
Quantum computers harness the unique behavior of quantum physics to perform specialized computations billions of times faster than today’s fastest supercomputers. As these new computers emerge, the technology to manipulate quantum bits (or qubits) is rapidly evolving. Whereas early systems attempted to build quantum computers using only one type of qubit particle or atom (including photonic, superconducting loop, and trapped-ion qubits), recent efforts have focused on building hybrid systems that leverage the strengths of competing approaches. To support these developments, Qubitekk is developing quantum photon sources that can generate photonic qubits suitable for interacting with matter-based qubit devices (e.g. quantum memories, gates, repeaters, etc.). This includes ultra-narrowband entangled photon sources, state tunable photonic qubit sources, low-spectral entanglement sources, and on-demand single photon source technology. While many of these technologies are still in the product development stage, Qubitekk expects to offer commercial versions of many of these exciting new products in the near future.
Space Based Communications
Secure satellite communications, precision timing synchronization, and powerful new sensors are just some of the near-term applications of quantum technology in space. To support the growing demand for space qualified quantum technology, Qubitekk works closely with industry partners and the US government to develop quantum sources, detectors, electronics, and peripheral devices that can survive rocket transport and can operate reliably in harsh space environments.
Quantum mechanics seeks to understand the true nature of particles and energy. How can particles be both waves and discrete particles at different times? How can a single photon be in two places simultaneously? These are but a few of the questions that quantum theory has answered. Its development over the last century represents one of science’s greatest achievements. It has also resulted in a growing disconnect between the theoretical aspects of quantum mechanics and the real-world applications of this exciting new science. One of our missions at Qubitekk is to close this gap by developing quantum devices that make powerful quantum mechanical phenomena accessible to all scientists and engineers.