This combination of
projects aim at making the first semiconductor-based Quantum Network prototype.
We are looking for motivated students! Both experimental and theory projects
are waiting ahead!
Modern communication networks, such as the
Internet, are not 100% secure against eavesdropping nor are energy efficient.
Our Vision is to develop a solid ground
from which to design a novel network based on quantum technologies. This Quantum
Network will allow secure and energy-efficient communication and
will make possible for quantum computers to communicate in their own quantum
language. This will be done by implementing Quantum Cryptography through the
use of Quantum Key Distribution protocols, proved to be 100% secure, and by
reducing the number of photons required per bit of information transferred to
an absolute minimum. Semiconductor structures like quantum dots in nanowires
are one of the most promising technologies to achieve this, since they have the
potential to be very flexible and reliable single photon sources. We already
have single photon sources of this kind showing extremely promising results. We
will now proceed in optimizing them, in making the first semiconductor-based
prototype of a Quantum Network, and in demonstrating the implementation of QKD
on such network. Once ready with the experimental setup, we will offer a number
of projects for the students to join us in our journey.
of the project:
The goals of the specific projects
will be defined depending on the current status of research and modified
according to the specific interests of the student.
Knowledge of quantum mechanics (e.g. from 10112 Advanced Quantum Mechanics)