Quantum Communication Applications
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto Nazionale di Ottica
PhotonHub Demo centre
18. 11. 2022
Free-Space Photonic Components and Systems Glass and Polymer Specialty Fibres and Fibre Devices
Digital infrastructure Safety, security, space & defence Other

The Demo Centre on Quantum Communication Applications will be focused on the perspectives of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), where the security of the communication relies on the fundamental properties of quantum states of light. While it has straightforward applications for protection of sensitive data in the financial, governmental, health fields, Quantum Communication can be seen in a broader perspective as a basic building block for the future quantum internet that will allow for fast and secure data transfer in smart and green cities.
The course will be divided in four main parts:
1. Interactive introduction to the basic concepts of Quantum Communication;
2. Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) and infield implementations, including a practical demonstration of QKD in collaboration with Quantum Telecommunication Italy (QTI, http://qticompany.com/);
3. Ground to space interfaces (in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency - ASI);
4. Cybersecurity industrial application examples in collaboration with Quantum Telecommunication Italy (QTI).

  1. Understanding the basic concepts of Quantum Communication and QKD (interactive activity);
  2. Demonstration of QKD over a few-hundred-meters fiber link (hands-on activity);
  3. Demonstration of QKD over a free-space link (hands-on activity);
  4. Understanding of ground-to-space applications for communication;
  5. Understanding of QKD Applications
No experience Medium experience Advanced experience
The course targets a broad audience and mainly producers oriented to produce/exploit novel photonic technologies for security and communication. Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics will not be required but knowing in advance the attendees’ background will help us to opportunely adapt the course.
Headquarters of the National Institute of Optics of the National Research Council (CNR-INO) Largo Fermi 6, 50125 – Firenze
250 EUR
Catering for lunch and coffee break, course consumables, e.g. course material, material for virtual lab-tour in case of travel restrictions
10 persons