AFRL recently designed and developed the first AFRL Quantum Integrated Photonics Processor. This processor allows a 100X reduction in size compared to classical optical systems, and is not even feasible to build with traditional bulk optics. A reconfigurable quantum circuit allows for the implementation of quantum applications such as quantum computation, secure communication, quantum networking, and quantum key distribution.
Harnessing the potential of quantum technologies may allow entirely new ways of performing important Air Force functions such as sensing, communications, and computing. AFRL demonstrated the FIRST-ever trapped ions in a DoD Lab in the spring of 2017. This was a major breakthrough and is an important and crucial step in the development of a quantum network by AFRL researchers.