Quantum photonics a lethal weapon in the fight against cybercrime

Categorie(s) : News, Research

Published : 2 February 2021

The Carnot QPIC* project has been up and running in the photonics building since last fall. The researchers assigned to the project are developing components and integrated circuits for quantum communications, where information is transmitted in the form of single protons, making the technique intrinsically secure. With quantum communications, any attempt to hack into the data can be detected, making it just the kind of secure technology the finance, healthcare, energy, telecoms, and defense industries are seeking.

CEA-Leti is leading the project with support from Irig. Specifically, the research is focused on transmit/receive integrated circuits for quantum cryptography and dedicated characterization benches. All development work is being done on 200 mm and 300 mm SOI wafers to facilitate scaleup and transfer to manufacturers. Another potential candidate for QC, the photonic quantum bit, is also being considered in this research.

*Quantum Photonic Integrated Circuits

Contact: camille.giroud@cea.fr

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