Quantum Leadership

Assert LANL leadership in the National Quantum Initiative; enable emergent scientific and national security needs by advancing quantum- relevant capabilities in materials, algorithms, simulation, and devices.


  1. Develop and nurture the Laboratory’s quantum information sciences capabilities (as measured through capability/program reviews and developed quantum information science [QIS] programs), supporting R&D at the frontier of quantum information sciences to enable responsive solutions for emerging national security needs.
  2. By the end of 2023, develop, communicate, and publish an integrated QIS strategy that spans multiple capability pillars and identifies specific areas of leadership and partnership, as well as areas of lower priority. Align QIS LDRD, instrument, staffing, and infrastructure investments to the QIS strategy priorities.
  3. Strengthen and grow the LANL workforce in QIS through education and training.
  4.  Increase regional, inter-laboratory, industrial, and academic partnerships.
  5. Advance the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) as the leading Nanoscale Science Research Center (NSRC) for QIS, as validated through the NSRC program manager and the CINT triennial review in FY 2023.
  6. Demonstrate the Quantum Science Center’s leadership role among the National Quantum Information Science Research Centers.
  7. Expand funding in basic and applied quantum information sciences that leverages our capabilities and underpins our national security mission.
  8. Leverage LANL QIS capabilities as a part of a comprehensive LANL microelectronics strategy that includes the incorporation of the codesign process used to design quantum materials to create materials for advanced microelectronics.

primary Strategic Objectives

Technical Leadership - Deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs to advance relevant research frontiers and anticipate emerging national security risks.

Threat Reduction - Anticipate persistent and emerging threats to global security; develop and deploy revolutionary tools to detect, deter, and respond proactively.

secondary Strategic Objective

Nuclear Deterrent - Lead the nation in evaluating, developing, and ensuring effectiveness of our nuclear deterrent, including the design, production, and certification of current and future nuclear weapons.