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Post-quantum cryptography

NIST has initiated a process to solicit, evaluate, and standardize one or more quantum-resistant public-key cryptographic algorithms. This project involves collaboration from groups around the world.

Recent Insight
  • Quantum Outlook 2020
    2020 will be a watershed year for the Quantum Revolution. There will be surprising early applications, though previously over-hyped timelines may leave some disappointed. Geopolitical considerations will be hard to ignore as major national programmes set out their stalls. The chill winds of a quantum winter may threaten some, but ... read more
    Source: Fact Based Insight – prepare for tomorrowDecember 16, 2019
  • Quantum Algorithms Outlook 2020
    Contrary to many reports there are set be immediate applications even for early devices. Some will be controversial. However in other areas timelines look over-hyped. 2020 will be a key year to prove the naysayers wrong. Will clients see early value? Despite all the fuss, quantum processors actually run more ... read more
    Source: Fact Based Insight – prepare for tomorrowDecember 16, 2019
  • Quantum Internet Outlook 2020
    Fortunately preparations are well in hand to fix the Internet before large scale quantum computers can break it. But even in 2020, sensitive data intercepted and stored is already vulnerable to future attack. Companies must act to ensure they are not caught-out by the coming transition. In the longer term, ... read more
    Source: Fact Based Insight – prepare for tomorrowDecember 16, 2019
Latest News
  • JQI Researchers Receive Quantum Award from Google
    JQI Fellow Mohammad Hafezi and JQI Graduate Researchers Alireza Seif and Hwanmun Kim have received an award from Google to support research identifying and developing problems that simple quantum computers might help solve. The work could bridge the divide between demonstrating quantum supremacy, as Google claimed to do in October, ... read more
    Source: Joint Quantum Institute – Univ. of Maryland, NIST & LPS – NewsFebruary 7, 2020
  • Fifth Edition of “Exploring Quantum Physics” to Launch on Coursera
    JQI Fellows Charles Clark and Victor Galitski will launch the fifth edition of their Coursera class on quantum physics Jan. 20, 2020. Alireza Parhizkar, a graduate student at JQI, will serve as teaching assistant. ... read more
    Source: Joint Quantum Institute – Univ. of Maryland, NIST & LPS – NewsJanuary 13, 2020
  • Synthetic Magnetism Leads Photons on a 2D Quantum Walk
    Randomness governs many things, from the growth of cell colonies and the agglomeration of polymers to the shapes of tendrils that form when you pour cream into a cup of coffee. Since as early as 1905, scientists have described these seemingly unrelated phenomena in a unified way: as random walks. ... read more
    Source: Joint Quantum Institute – Univ. of Maryland, NIST & LPS – NewsDecember 23, 2019
  • Remote Quantum Systems Produce Interfering Photons
    Scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have observed, for the first time, interference between particles of light created using a trapped ion and a collection of neutral atoms. Their results could be an essential step toward the realization of a distributed network of quantum computers capable of processing information ... read more
    Source: Joint Quantum Institute – Univ. of Maryland, NIST & LPS – NewsDecember 17, 2019
  • Three JQI Fellows Named 2019 Highly Cited Researchers
    Three JQI Fellows are included on the Web of Science Group’s 2019 list of Highly Cited Researchers, a compilation of influential names in science. ... read more
    Source: Joint Quantum Institute – Univ. of Maryland, NIST & LPS – NewsNovember 20, 2019
  • A Twist and a Spin
    By cleverly manipulating two properties of a neutron beam, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their collaborators have created a powerful probe of materials that have complex and twisted magnetic structures. ... read more
    Source: Joint Quantum Institute – Univ. of Maryland, NIST & LPS – NewsNovember 14, 2019
  • Workshop Will Explore Novel Ideas for Dark Matter Searches
    The University of Maryland will host a two-day meeting to evaluate new methods for detecting dark matter—the as-yet-unseen substance that makes up the bulk of the matter in the universe. The meeting will be held on campus Oct. 28-29, 2019. “The search for dark matter is entering a new phase,” ... read more
    Source: Joint Quantum Institute – Univ. of Maryland, NIST & LPS – NewsOctober 27, 2019
  • Hybrid Device among First to Meld Quantum and Conventional Computing
    Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have trained a small hybrid quantum computer to reproduce the features in a particular set of images. ... read more
    Source: Joint Quantum Institute – Univ. of Maryland, NIST & LPS – NewsOctober 18, 2019
  • Stretched Photons Recover Lost Interference
    The smallest pieces of nature—individual particles like electrons, for instance—are pretty much interchangeable. An electron is an electron is an electron, regardless of whether it’s stuck in a lab on Earth, bound to an atom in some chalky moon dust or shot out of an extragalactic black hole in a ... read more
    Source: Joint Quantum Institute – Univ. of Maryland, NIST & LPS – NewsOctober 14, 2019
  • Quantum Materials Symposium to Showcase Local Expertise and Highlight Partnerships in D.C. Region
    The University of Maryland will hold a one-day symposium focusing on local research into quantum materials—condensed matter systems that exhibit strong quantum effects and hold promise as potential components in next-generation computers, sensors and other devices. The symposium will be held Sept. 26, 2019, on campus in the Kim Engineering ... read more
    Source: Joint Quantum Institute – Univ. of Maryland, NIST & LPS – NewsSeptember 25, 2019

 

Project Description

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was founded in 1901 and is now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST is one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories. Congress established the agency to remove a major challenge to U.S. industrial competitiveness at the time—a second-rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind the capabilities of the United Kingdom, Germany, and other economic rivals.

From the smart electric power grid and electronic health records to atomic clocks, advanced nanomaterials, and computer chips, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Today, NIST measurements support the smallest of technologies to the largest and most complex of human-made creations—from nanoscale devices so tiny that tens of thousands can fit on the end of a single human hair up to earthquake-resistant skyscrapers and global communication networks.

Project Details
  • Institute: NIST
  • Founded: 1901
  • Capabilities: Communications technology, engineering, information technology, material measurement, physical measurement
  • Home: www.nist.gov
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