A new report from the White House’s National Quantum Coordination Office (NQCO) identifies eight quantum technology “frontier” areas that it says contain “core problems with fundamental questions” confronting quantum information science (QIS).

The eight areas are:

  • Expanding opportunities to quantum tech to benefit society;
  • Building the discipline of quantum engineering;
  • Targeting materials science for quantum tech;
  • Exploring quantum mechanics through quantum simulations;
  • Harnessing quantum information technology for precision measurements;
  • Generating and distributing quantum entanglement for new applications;
  • Characterizing and mitigating quantum errors; and
  • Understanding the universe through quantum information.

The report says that the eight frontier areas were surfaced through input from the QIS research community, and are “priorities for the government, private sector, and academia to explore in order to drive breakthrough R&D.”

“The newly published Quantum Frontiers Report lays out critical research questions for the entire U.S. innovation ecosystem to tackle in the years ahead, and will serve as an important roadmap for researchers around the country,” commented Michael Kratsios, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, in a statement.

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John Curran is MeriTalk's Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.