Demonstration of Quantum Sensing and Radar, Experimental Research

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
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Application Deadline
2/28/2020 6:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

Entangled microwave photons can be exploited to increase sensing and ranging performance of radar by suppressing the background noise. Increasing signal-to-noise of radar by using such quantum properties could improve detector performance and/or lessen power requirements. Such a system could also unveil low observable targets and be jam-proof. Quantum illumination via microwave photons was demonstrated, during the summer of 2019, in a proof-of-concept tabletop experiment. One of the most critical roadblocks in achieving a viable fielded system is the fast and efficient generation of entangled microwave photons. It is estimated that 10^9 entangled photons per millisecond would be necessary to determine the presence of a target 25km away with an 80% detection probability in low visibility conditions.

Research should encompass innovative approaches to substantially advance the efficient generation of entangled photons. While nonlinear crystals have been used to generate entangled photons in the optical regime, much less is known about how to do so for microwave photons. Potentially viable ideas include quantum dots, resonant quantum electrodynamics (QED) cavities, and down-conversion from optical photons.

Example Approaches:

Barzanjeh, S., Pirandola, S., Vitali, D., Fink, J. M. (2019). Experimental Microwave Quantum Illumination. arXiv quant-ph/1908.03058v1.

Relevance to the Intelligence Community:

Increasing signal-to-noise of radar by using such quantum properties could improve detector performance and/or lessen power requirements. Such a system could also unveil stealthy targets and be jam-proof.

Key Words: Quantum Radar, Quantum Sensing, Photons


Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
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