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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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/quantum physics/quantum optics
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/computer security/data protection

Call for proposal

H2020-FETFLAG-2018-03
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 750 502,50

Participants (16)

UNIVERSITAET PADERBORN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 680 000
Address
Warburger Strasse 100
33098 Paderborn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 632 777,50
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SMART PHOTONICS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 660 602,50
Address
High Tech Campus 29
5656 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 550 003,75
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MELLANOX TECHNOLOGIES LTD - MLNX
Israel
EU contribution
€ 550 725
Address
Yokneam Ilit Industrial Zone - Hermon Building
20692 Yokneam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 686 937,50
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 538 470
Address
Patission Str. 42
10682 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 608 333,75
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MICRO PHOTON DEVICES S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 222 708,75
Address
Via Stradivari 4
39100 Bolzano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 500 033,75
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VPIPHOTONICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 315 000
Address
Carnotstrasse 6
10587 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 254 747,50
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 930 750
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COSMOTE KINITES TILEPIKOINONIES AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 209 250
Address
Kifissias 99
15124 Athens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 524 687,50
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
CORDON ELECTRONICS ITALIA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 364 375
Address
Via Guido Rossa 18/20
20872 Cornate D'adda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)