QTOOLProject ID: 736112
H2020-EU.2.1.3. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Advanced materials
H2020-EU.2.1.5. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Advanced manufacturing and processing
H2020-EU.2.3.1. - Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument
Commercialization of Single-Photon Light Sources
Total cost:EUR 71 429
EU contribution:EUR 50 000
Topic(s):SMEInst-02-2016-2017 - Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs
Call for proposal:H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017See other projects for this call
Funding scheme:SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1
Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI) in Copenhagen have invented a novel light source capable of emitting single photons, i.e., single particles of light, with unprecedented precision and efficiency (98.4% measured). End-goal applications of efficient single-photon sources include quantum networks, quantum cryptography, and quantum simulators, which are disruptive solutions to societal challenges within security and supercomputing. Single-photon sources are currently not commercially available and there is a substantial and growing market pull from R&D labs working on photonic quantum technology.
Together with experienced business angels, the inventors have founded Sparrow Quantum Technologies (SQT), whose goal is to develop and commercialize photonic quantum technology for the rapidly growing R&D market. SQT has recently attracted €2m in its first-round private venture capital injection and is now hiring administrative and technical staff to be ready to manufacture and sell its first product, the 1st generation SQT-chip, which consist of a quantum light source embedded in a carefully tailored photonic chip fabricated by semiconductor nanotechnology. It is based on a well-documented existing prototype, builds on world-leading in-house expertise on quantum optics and nanofabrication, and established IPR.
The next step in SQT’s business plan forms the basis of the current innovation project, where the main objective is developing and commercializing a set of key photonic components that we have identified as particularly commercially relevant. They will enable researchers in quantum- and nano-photonics to carry out their research in faster, cheaper, and better ways than what is currently possible. We call it the Quantum Photonic Toolbox, or simply QTOOL – a customisable toolbox to revolutionise several R&D areas, including photonic quantum computing, quantum cryptography, quantum networks, and a wealth of fundamental research within quantum optics.
EU contribution: EUR 50 000