The Quantum Information Science (QIS) group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory applies the principles and techniques of quantum physics to real-world problems in communication, computing, and sensing. The sometimes surprising behavior of light and matter at the quantum level enables results that are simply not possible in the classical world. Our group carries out basic and applied research to identify and exploit these effects in order to realize the promises of QIS:

  • In computing, quantum algorithms offer remarkable improvements in efficiency.
  • The quantum properties of light provide privacy assurance and security guaranteed by the laws of physics.
  • When applied to sensing, quantum approaches afford higher precision and faster acquisition. 

News and Events

The Marconi Society recently highlighted ORNL Wigner Fellow Joseph Lukens in their blog. In 2015, Joe was named a Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar. You can see the post here.

Raphael C. Pooser and Benjamin Lawrie have been recognized as authors of one of Optica’s top 15 most-cited papers for 2015 for "Ultrasensitive measurement of microcantilever displacement below the shot-noise limit," Optica 2, 393-399 (2015). A link to the paper is available here.

Congratulations to Ben Lawrie, who received an appointment as a Joint Faculty Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UTK. He joins QIS researchers Ali Passian, Raphael Pooser, and Bing Qi, who also hold joint faculty appointments at UTK.

On March 30, Wigner Fellow Joseph Lukens presented his research on pulse shaping entangled photons at Spectral and Spatial Engineering of Quantum Light (SSEQL 2016), held in Warsaw. More information about the workshop can be found here.

Quantum Mechanical Burglar Alarm: QIS researchers Brian Williams and Travis Humble, along with Keith Britt, recently published a paper in Physical Review Applied describing a “tamper-indicating quantum seal.” Read more about the work at here.