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MUNCHEN, Germany

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.9.9 | Award Amount: 2.16M | Year: 2013

Quantum technologies promise to revolutionise our digital world providing security in communications and solutions for what have been thought of as unsolvable computational problems. The project QWAD introduces the technology of laser-written integrated optics, a powerful new tool for next generation quantum communications and computing, solving critical problems in terms of scalability and reliability. This disruptive photonic technology will speed up the evolution from lab systems to real world applications.\n\nOur consortium will target three main outcomes:\n1) Fabricate laser-written waveguides in highly integrated three dimensional structures to generate and to manipulate both path- and polarization entangled photonic qubits.\n2) Implement large integrated circuits to perform scalable quantum logic operations and quantum simulation of many-body dynamics.\n3) Design dedicated waveguide structures for fully integrated quantum key exchange and for quantum enhanced sensing in application ready prototypes.\n\nThe project benefits from the outstanding expertise of consortium members who have pioneered photonic and quantum information technologies over the past decades. The development of laser-written waveguide structures will allow extraordinary progress in terms of miniaturization and scalability while maintaining incomparable stability and durability. Key advances in quantum ICT will exploit the 3D waveguide geometries and other innovations to produce tailored quantum simulators and photonic quantum computer nodes. The development of novel ready-made quantum devices within QWAD will open new doors for innovative chip based quantum key exchange components and unrivalled efficiency and sensitivity Lab-on-a-chip devices.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN | Award Amount: 2.87M | Year: 2012

Rare-earth ions (lanthanides) play an increasingly important role in modern optical technologies. Lanthanides are extensively used in solid-state laser physics, e.g. as key components in telecommunication networks. Rare-earths are also employed as luminescent materials in lamps or as radiation detectors in X-ray imaging. Rare-earths are already commercially omnipresent. However, the full potential of rare-earth ions is not yet explored in particular with regard to the rapidly evolving field of future information technology. Future data storage and processing will require novel types of memories (e.g. based on interactions between light and quantized matter), algorithms (e.g. based on quantum computations) and materials (e.g. appropriate quantum systems). Rare-earth ion doped solids are very promising candidates to permit implementation of future quantum technology. The media combine the advantages of solids (i.e. large density and scalability) and atomic gases (i.e. long coherence times). CIPRIS will build on the advantages of rare-earth doped media and drive applications towards future information technology. CIPRIS follows two scientific approaches : Classical processing and quantum processing. Both are meant as pronounced inter-disciplinary research efforts, combining physics, material science and information technology. To exploit the results, the public and private sector partners will closely cooperate to develop commercial demonstration devices. In terms of training, CIPRIS aims at the development of the next generation of young researchers with appropriate skills in rare-earth-based information technology pushing it towards commercial applications. CIPRIS offers a large variety of training actions, e.g. mini schools, laboratory courses, secondments to the private sector, or training sessions to strengthen complementary skills and contacts to the private sector. This will contribute to a European knowledge base for future information technology.

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