Sammies Tracker: Quantum cryptography gets real

Monday - 6/14/2010, 10:40am EDT

Joshua Bienfang, physicist, Electron and Optical Physics Division, NIST

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We continue our Sammies Tracker series, speaking to finalists in this year's Service to America Medals from the Partnership for Public Service. Our finalist today used quantum physics, together with existing telecommunications technologies to develop a new way to send and receive encrypted messages at record speeds. It promises to usher in a whole new era in secure communications. A finalist in the Science and Environment category, Dr. Joshua Bienfang is a physicist in the Electron and Optical Physics Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. For more from Federal News Radio's Sammies Tracker series click here.