Innovating in applied quantum sciences

For more than two decades, SRI has been developing precision quantum sensors to enable next-generation sensing and communications systems, from chip-scale clocks to cold-atom based sensor systems, including developing the sophisticated integration technology required to move these sensors out of the lab.

Today, we’re rapidly expanding our quantum capabilities into several interconnected focus areas to solve problems in sensing and communications, as well as ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) and PNT (position, navigation and timing). We do this by leveraging our unique mix of deep expertise across both quantum and modern classical research areas to find new ways to apply quantum solutions to outstanding R&D problems.

We’re also proud to manage QED-C, positioning the institute at the forefront of the quantum community.

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Focus areas

SRI is focused on developing state-of-art quantum-enabled sensors in small form factors to enable stand-off sensing, imaging, and PNT applications.

  • Matter-wave rotation sensors: A novel guided matter-wave interferometry within a chip-based optical trap, leading to matter-wave-based rotation sensing while operating on a dynamic platform. SRI is executing a long-term plan for a high-performance gyro.
  • Chip-scale cold-atom platforms: Flexible, small (toward cubic-cm) platforms for high-precision measurements, utilizing SRI’s patented magnet-free mini-vacuum-pump technology.
  • Atom-based RF electrometry: Based on deep Rydberg-atom-physics expertise, these sensors exhibit extremely wide tunable bandwidth (MHz-THz) which provides high-sensitivity sensing in a small footprint (sub RF-wavelength). Such technology is scalable to applications requiring sensor arrays.
  • Atom-based magnetometry: Applicable to magnetic signatures, including bio-magnetic, anomaly detection, and proximity sensing.

The next 20 years will see a thrust toward the need to network quantum-enabled sensing nodes. SRI is building and demonstrating expertise in:

  • Entangled-network components
  • Entangled-photon generation techniques
  • Quantum sensors networked with both quantum and classical technologies
  • Developing new concepts of operation for distributed, networked, quantum sensors

Quantum Economic Development Consortium’s mission is to enable and grow a robust commercial quantum-based industry and associated supply chain in the United States. QED-C is developing the roadmap and laying the groundwork for the future quantum workforce and helping build a thriving quantum economy.

QED-C has support from multiple agencies and a diverse set of industry, academic and other stakeholders. QED-C participants are working together to identify gaps in technology, standards and the workforce and to address those gaps through collaboration.

To support the development of technology critical to the quantum industry, SRI and its team of industry, national lab, and academic partners are developing a first of its kind Quantum Technology Manufacturing Roadmap (QTMR) focused on supply chain gaps and barriers to advanced manufacturing capability. SRI will leverage ties with QED-C members to establish a separate consortium to develop the roadmap that will guide development across the emerging industry and identify the necessary manufacturing technologies and capabilities. The QTMR will offer guidance to the broader community on ways to accelerate progress and growth in the quantum sector.