Current state of quantum information technologies in Turkey

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Science and Technology Policy Studies, Turkey

Approval Date: 2019

Thesis Language: English


Supervisor: İbrahim Semih Akçomak


Quantum Information Technologies is a relatively new field of research with respect to already established industries. Especially subjects like quantum computing, quantum sensing, quantum communication, and quantum cryptography are expected to be disruptive technologies to many sectors of today. In this study, the field of quantum information technologies is investigated with respect to Perez and Soete’s approach of techno-economic paradigms. In this respect, study at hand investigates the current conditions in Turkey regarding these technologies and aims to develop policy suggestions accordingly. To achieve this goal, information gathered via National Thesis Center, Web of Science database, market study and assessment reports, public access policy papers, and semi-structured interviews with experts in the field of quantum technologies are utilized. The results of the descriptive analysis reveal that Turkey does not meet the minimum requirements to appropriate the phase one window of opportunity created through the technological revolution to upswing its entire economy. However, it does possess enough scientific knowledge and locational advantages to justify a coordinated and national effort on quantum metrology and cryptography