UK National Quantum Technologies Programme

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Quantum Communications Hub

The Quantum Communications Hub, part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, is delivering new quantum technologies for secure data applications in commercial, consumer, defence and government markets.

Our technology delivery strategy is to focus on taking proven quantum key distribution (QKD) technologies and advancing these to commercialisation-ready status. Specifically, we are developing: short-range, free-space technologies for many-to-one consumer, commercial and defence applications; scaled down and integrated QKD component devices, to produce robust, miniaturised sender, receiver and switch systems (“QKD-on-a-chip” modules for mass manufacture and wide deployment); a UK Quantum Network (UKQN), which integrates QKD into secure communication infrastructures at access, metropolitan and inter-city scales.  Another important aspect of our delivery strategy is to develop ‘next generation’ (beyond QKD) demonstrators. In particular, development of: (i) quantum digital signatures and other protocols; (ii) quantum amplifier and repeater demonstrators; (iii) measurement-device-independent (MDI) QKD technologies. Further areas of interest include: continuous variable (CV) QKD theory and implementation; side channel and security analysis; network architecture design and analysis, virtualisation and modelling. The Hub is a substantial collaboration of eight universities and numerous commercial and other strategic partners (Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. (TREL), BT, ID Quantique, ADVA, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the National Dark Fibre Infrastructure Service (NDFIS), ETSI, GCHQ/NCSC etc.).

Fully funded PhD studentships are available in the following research areas:

  • Quantum Technologies
  • Optical Physics
  • Photonics
  • Aplied Physics
  • Theoretical Physics

Topical areas include quantum communications and wavelength division multiplexing, photonic systems metrology for quantum communications hardware, quantum networking beyond simple point-to-point networks, high-rate communication networks, experimental projects in quantum digital signatures and quantum amplifiers, theoretical projects in quantum communications and quantum information, quantum technologies focusing on the generation of random numbers, integrated quantum key distribution. The programmes are multidisciplinary in nature, aimed at developing both academic and technical excellence and adaptable, system-based engineering skills through close collaboration with industry. Studentships are based at multiple partner institutions across the hub partnership, including at industrial partner sites.

Projects are expected to start in October 2017 though earlier start dates will be considered. If you are interested to know more about the individual projects, please contact in the first instance the Hub coordinator, Dr Georgia Mortzou (georgia.mortzou@york.ac.uk) who will be able to get you in touch with the right people at each respective partner institution.

For further information regarding the Quantum Communications Hub, please see: www.quantumcommshub.net

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