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The goal of quantum communication and quantum internet is to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of such networks and their applications in various fields, such as secure communication, distributed computing, and simulation of complex systems. There have been several major quantum internet projects worldwide in recent years, supported by various research institutions and funding agencies. For example, the European Commission has funded the Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA), a consortium of research institutions and companies that aims to develop a quantum internet infrastructure and demonstrate its applications in various fields. QIA is part of a broader effort, the Quantum Flagship, a large-scale research initiative funded by the European Union. Other efforts include the Quantum Internet and Networked Computing (QuInC) project, which focuses on the development of quantum algorithms and protocols for quantum networks.

Quantum communications and quantum internet are areas of study that are gaining increasing attentions due to their potential to revolutionize the way we communicate and exchange information. The use of quantum phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, in these technologies has the potential to enable secure, high-speed communication that is fundamentally different from classical communication methods. Additionally, the development of a quantum internet has the potential to enable new, powerful applications in fields, such as distributed computing and metrology. As such, a Special Issue (SI) on these topics is necessary to bring together the latest research and advances in this rapidly developing field.

The main goal of this SI is to showcase and emphasize the progress and latest advancements in wireless (free space) quantum communication technologies, implementations, and applications. Although submissions based on fiber-optical settings are welcome, it is kindly recommended that the authors consider connecting their findings to future free space quantum communication systems for a better contribution to the topic.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Studies and models on free space quantum communication channels.
  • Theoretical analysis of quantum communication systems.
  • Hardware implementation of quantum communication devices.
  • Coding techniques for quantum communication systems.
  • Distributed quantum computation over quantum internet. 
  • Characterization of quantum correlations in quantum internet.
  • Resource allocation framework for quantum internet.
  • Development of quantum algorithms and protocols for quantum internet.
  • Quantum machine learning for quantum networking.
  • Quantum key distribution networks.
  • Various applications, such as distributed quantum sensing or quantum blockchain, for quantum internet.
  • Benchmark of quantum communication devices.
  • Continuous variable quantum communication.
  • Theory and experiment in quantum repeaters.
  • Experimental prototyping and testbeds of free space quantum communications.

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors should prepare their submissions in accordance with the rules specified in the Information for Authors of the IEEE Wireless Communications guidelines. Authors should submit a PDF version of their complete manuscript to Manuscript Central. The timetable is as follows:

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 15 June 2023 (Extended Deadline)
Initial Decision Date: 1 August 2023
Revised Manuscript Due: 1 September 2023
Final Decision Date: 1 October 2023
Final Manuscript Due: 1 December 2023
Publication Date: 28 February 2024

Guest Editors

David Elkouss
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

Min-Hsiu Hsieh
Hon Hai (Foxconn) Quantum Computing Research Center, Taiwan

Xiongfeng Ma
Tsinghua University, China

Bing Qi
Cisco Systems, USA

Winston Seah
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand