Quantum Information Group, Collaborations
The Quantum Information Group is active in a number of collaborative programmes which are part funded by the EU and the UK government.
The Q-ESSENCE (Quantum InterfacES, SENsors, and Communication based on Entanglement) Integrating Project will focus on controlling entanglement in real-world environments including high-fidelity mapping of quantum information between different systems and the generation and engineering of quantum entanglement at new scales and distances. Q-ESSENCE is an FP7 project funded by the European Commission under the QUIE2T (Quantum Information Entanglement-Enabled Technologies) Coordination Action.
QAP is an Integrated Project aiming to develop and implement novel applications for quantum information processing both experimentally and theoretically and to explore theoretical concepts of quantum information. QAP is a partnership of 35 industrial, academic and governmental institutions across the EU and around the world. Its mission is to work on qubit applications that are physically realised in photonic, atomic and solid state systems, and to stimulate pursuit of the commercialisation of innovation. QAP is funded by the European Commission through the IST (Information Society Technologies) directorate.
The SANDIE Network of Excellence is dedicated to the formation of an integrated and cohesive approach to research and knowledge in the field of Self-Assembled semiconductor Nanostructures. The resources and the approach of the Network spans the study of fundamental phenomena to their exploitation for the design of novel materials and structures for use in advanced electronic, photonic and optoelectronic devices. SANDIE is funded by the European Commission under the auspices of the future and emerging technologies (FET) section of the Information Society Technologies (IST).
The vision of SECOQC is to provide European citizens, companies and institutions with a tool that allows facing the threats of future interception technologies, thus creating significant advantages for European economy. With SECOQC the basis will be laid for a long-range high security communication network that combines the entirely novel technology of quantum key distribution with components of classical computer science and cryptography. The project is funded by the Information Society Technologies (IST), Sixth Framework Programme, Priority  of the European Union.
Some of the earliest ideas of quantum information involved quantum communication using light. But now we know that light can also be used to process quantum information, and moreover that this can be done using only familiar tools of the optics trade, similar to those already in use for standard optical communications - mirrors, phase shifters, and beam splitters. RAMBOQ aims to make the dream of such "linear optical quantum computing" into a reality. This project is joining the activities of several European research groups for investigating optical realisations for quantum information processing. We are hosted under the roof of the future and emerging technologies (FET) section of the Information Society Technologies (IST) programme of the European Union.
QLED is developing a demonstration system for unconditionally secure communication across standard optical fibres based on single photon quantum cryptography. It will allow the distribution of cryptographic keys, the secrecy of which does not rely upon the resources (equipment, computer power etc) available to an adversary. An important aspect will be to develop a new type of semiconductor light emitting diode which generates individual photons. QLED is a collaborative project between TREL, the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge and Imperial College, University of London. It is funded by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council under the LINK programme Optical Systems for the Digital Age.
QIP stands for Quantum Information Processing. The QIP-IRC is an interdisciplinary research Collaboration in the field of QIP between leading university and industrial groups in the UK. QIP-IRC is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
SAWPHOTON seeks to develop a special opto-electronic nanocircuit that can produce single-photons at a controlled rate. This nanocircuit applies a high-frequency surface acoustic wave (SAW) to push single electrons through a lateral n-i-p junction. Each of these electrons recombines with a hole, thereby emitting a single photon. SAWPHOTON is funded by the European Commission under the auspices of the future and emerging technologies (FET) section of the Information Society Technologies (IST). The collaboration involves TREL, the University of Copenhagen, University of Pisa and the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.