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Quantum Standardization

Guest Editors

Rhys Lewis
National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Teddington, United Kingdom

Mark J Everitt
Quantum Systems Engineering Research Group, Department of Physics, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Many national governments around the world are investing significantly in the potential for economic growth and increased opportunity based on new systems, products and services using the quantum properties of materials. These properties are best described by the equations of quantum physics and the resulting devices and systems are collectively known as quantum technologies. 

These include the increased sensitivity of quantum sensors and imaging devices, the increased precision of quantum clocks, the increased security of quantum communication, and the increased power of quantum computers.

As those technologies near market there needs to be a parallel increased focus on building a solid industrial base, including the creation of new standards and possible new regulations to form part of the developing industrial and commercial landscape for quantum technologies. 

Standards will play an important part in enabling integration of quantum devices into wider complex systems. The existence of standards supports the test and measurements needed for validation of quantum enabled measurement systems and procedures. By achieving global agreement on how measurements should be made, expressed, and used, we can be sure that measurements will be stable over time, comparable with others and accurate, allowing known confidence in measurement results. 

In this topical collection, we invite authors to submit contributions which describe (for a wide audience) recent work towards the development of new standards for quantum technologies. In particular, authors from industry and applied research organizations, but also from academia, are invited to submit contributions that fit this theme. The editors are interested to see any articles which are supportive of a measured approach to standardization; enabling innovation while not restricting creativity.

Please refer to the journal’s Submission Guidelines for the preparation of the manuscript.

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The guest editors together with the Editor-in-Chief, will oversee the editorial and peer-review process. Accepted articles are published open access and automatically assigned to a volume and issue after the proofs are corrected. They will be accessible through the regular volume and issue, as well as collected online under their dedicated special collection page. 
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  1. Quantum computing (QC) is a new and disruptive technology with large economic potential especially in application and downstream value creation stages. Hence, it is important for an economy to understand the c...

    Authors: Julia Binder, Lara Hachmann and Sebastian Luber
    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2024 11:38
  2. Steady progress is being made in the development of quantum computing platforms based on different types of qubit technologies. Each platform requires bespoke strategies to maximise the efficiency of the quant...

    Authors: Kenton M. Barnes, Anton Buyskikh, Nicholas Y. Chen, Gabriel Gallardo, Marco Ghibaudi, Matthew J. A. Ruszala, Daniel S. Underwood, Abhishek Agarwal, Deep Lall, Ivan Rungger and Nikolaos Schoinas
    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2023 10:36

    The Correction to this article has been published in EPJ Quantum Technology 2023 10:42

  3. The Second Quantum Revolution facilitates the engineering of new classes of sensors, communication technologies, and computers with unprecedented capabilities. Supply chains for quantum technologies are emergi...

    Authors: Oskar van Deventer, Nicolas Spethmann, Marius Loeffler, Michele Amoretti, Rob van den Brink, Natalia Bruno, Paolo Comi, Noel Farrugia, Marco Gramegna, Andreas Jenet, Ben Kassenberg, Wojciech Kozlowski, Thomas Länger, Tobias Lindstrom, Vicente Martin, Niels Neumann…
    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2022 9:33

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  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 5.8
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 6.3
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 2.138
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.579

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    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 9
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 135

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