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Affordable Quantum Communication for Everyone: Revolutionizing the Quantum Ecosystem from Fabrication to Application

Objective

Quantum communication is recognised as one of the pillars for the second quantum revolution thanks to its unique potential for information-theoretical data security. Turning this promise into tangible assets depends however, on the availability of high-performance, compact and cost-effective modules for practical implementations. UNIQORN is a well-orchestrated design and manufacturing framework aiming to advance the quantum communication technology for DV and CV systems by carefully laying out each element along the development chain from fabrication to application. Component-wise, UNIQORN will leverage the monolithic integration potential of InP platform, the flexibility of polymer platform and low-cost assembly techniques to develop quantum system-on-chip modules in a cheap, scalable and reproducible way. UNIQORN will deliver bright (10M pairs/s/mW/THz) heralded, entangled and squeezed light sources with 70-fold size reduction and almost 90% cost savings, room-temperature arrayed SPADs and a 10-GHz CV receiver with low-noise TIAs. Fully functional systems based on these assets will include: (i) a network adapter card with integrated real-time QRNG engine, (ii) the first DPS transmitter as pluggable SFP module for low-cost 1-kb/s QKD, and (iii) novel oblivious transfer and quantum FPGA systems. Network-integration and system evaluation in real fibre networks will be enabled by quantum-aware software defined networking and field trials in the live Smart-City demonstrator Bristol-is-Open. The power of the developed ecosystem will be also validated by pushing current QKD-centric work into higher grounds, and demonstrating one-time programs and secure database access through oblivious transfer. The trans-disciplinary approach of UNIQORN brings together leading European players from quantum optics and photonics enabling to move from lab science to field deployment and bridge the quantum divide between large (governmental) and small (residential) end-users.

Coordinator

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

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Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien

Austria

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 750 502,50

Participants (16)

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UNIVERSITAET PADERBORN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 680 000

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 632 777,50

SMART PHOTONICS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 660 602,50

UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 550 003,75

MELLANOX TECHNOLOGIES LTD - MLNX

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 550 725

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 686 937,50

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 538 470

UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 608 333,75

MICRO PHOTON DEVICES S.R.L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 222 708,75

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 500 033,75

VPIPHOTONICS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 315 000

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 254 747,50

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 930 750

COSMOTE KINITES TILEPIKOINONIES AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 209 250

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 524 687,50

CORDON ELECTRONICS ITALIA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 364 375

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 820474

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2018

  • End date

    30 September 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 979 905

  • EU contribution

    € 9 979 905

Coordinated by:

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Austria