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  • An interview with Ugo Zanforlin (PhD student, Heriot Watt University)
    Growing up close to the ancient University of Padua, where he would one day study, Ugo had a great interest in physics from a very young age. He loved the open view of reality that physics provided and found the fact that physics is fundamental to and overlaps with biology, ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Communications Hub – NewsApril 1, 2020
  • New White Paper Published by the National Cyber Security Centre
    The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published a new white paper on quantum security technologies, which discusses both quantum key distribution (QKD) and quantum random number generators (QRNGs). The paper acknowledges that QKD mitigates against security issues of traditional public key cryptography by utilising fundamental quantum mechanics, as opposed ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Communications Hub – NewsApril 1, 2020
  • Hub Director Prof Tim Spiller gives video address to Launch Phase 2.0 of the Quantum Communications Hub
    Hub Director, Professor Tim Spiller has given a video address in lieu of the Launch Event for Phase 2.0 of the Quantum Communications Hub. The Launch Event was due to take place on 18 March 2020, but unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In his video, ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Communications Hub – NewsMarch 31, 2020
  • New Hub Paper: ‘Environment-assisted bosonic quantum communications’
    Stefano Pirandola, Carlo Ottaviani, Christian S. Jacobsen, Gaetana Spedalieri, Samuel L. Braunstein, Tobias Gehring, Ulrik L. Andersen. Submitted to arXiv on 20 March 2020. We consider a quantum relay which is used by two parties to perform several continuous-variable protocols of quantum communication, from entanglement distribution (swapping and distillation), to quantum teleportation, and quantum key distribution. ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Communications Hub – NewsMarch 30, 2020
  • New Report Published for the KTN Quantum Technologies Global Expert Mission to the USA
    A report on the (Knowledge Transfer Network) KTN Quantum Technologies Global Expert Mission to the USA, in November 2019, has been published. The report includes information and insights gathered by the delegation during the mission, which was part of Innovate UK’s Global Mission Programme. The Programme aims to support the ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Communications Hub – NewsMarch 27, 2020
  • Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics UK 2020
    The Quantum Communications Hub was delighted to support the Conference for Undergraduate Women UK 2020 (CUWiP UK) between 12 and 15 March 2020, at the University of York.  The conference was attended by over 100 undergraduate students, who identify as women, and had a schedule packed with exciting activities. The ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Communications Hub – NewsMarch 24, 2020
  • QuantumTech 2020 Congress Postponed
    Unfortunately, due to current corporate travel restrictions, and the potential of transmission of Coronavirus, the first UK QuantumTech Congress has been postponed. The event was due to be held at Twickenham Stadium on 20-22 April 2020. All attendee tickets and sponsorships will be moved to the new dates, once confirmed. ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Communications Hub – NewsMarch 20, 2020
  • New Hub Paper: ‘Chip-based measurement-device-independent quantum key distribution’
    Semenenko, H.; Sibson, P.; Hart, A.; Thompson, M. G.; Rarity, J. G.; Erven, C. Optica 7, 238-242 (2020) DOI: doi.org/10.1364/OPTICA.379679 Modern communication strives towards provably secure systems which can be widely deployed. Quantum key distribution provides a methodology to verify the integrity and security of a key exchange based on ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Communications Hub – NewsMarch 20, 2020
  • British Science Week 2020: The Annual Holgate Science Lecture
    As part of British Science Week 2020, the Quantum Communication Hub was asked to give a talk to students (aged 11-18) and parents, at the Annual Holgate Science Lecture at the National STEM Learning Centre. Hub Investigator, Dr Roger Colbeck, gave the talk which included an introduction to quantum communications ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Communications Hub – NewsMarch 17, 2020
  • British Science Week 2020: The Annual Holgate Science Lecture
    As part of British Science Week 2020, the Quantum Communication Hub was asked to give a talk to students (aged 11-18) and parents, at the Annual Holgate Science Lecture at the National STEM Learning Centre. Hub Investigator, Dr Roger Colbeck, gave the talk which included an introduction to quantum communications ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Communications Hub – NewsMarch 17, 2020
Project Description

The UK Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Communications is a synergistic partnership of eight UK Universities (Bristol, Cambridge, Heriot-Watt, Leeds, Royal Holloway, Sheffield, Strathclyde, and York), numerous private sector companies (BT, the National Physical Laboratory, Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, amongst others), and public sector bodies (Bristol City Council and the National Dark Fibre Infrastructure Service), that have come together in a unique collaboration to exploit fundamental laws of quantum physics for the development of secure communications technologies and services.

Led by the University of York, the five-year, £24m QComm Hub aims to deliver quantum communications systems that will in turn enable secure transactions and transmissions of data across a range of users in real-world applications: from government agencies and industrial set-ups to commercial establishments and the wider public. The project is part of a major national initiative, the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, which aims to ensure the successful transition of quantum technologies from laboratory to industries.

Project Details
  • Institute: UKNQT Quantum Commuincations Hub
  • Founded: 2014
  • Capabilities: Advanced QKD protofols, quantum networks, device integration
  • Home: www.quantumcommshub.net
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