Testbed for quantum communications  

Testbed for quantum communications  

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By Nick Flaherty

The University of Luxembourg is setting up a national testbed for quantum communications technologies.

The Luxembourg Quantum Communication Infrastructure Laboratory (LUQCIA) is a five year project funded by the European Union’s Recovery and Resilience Facility as part of the NextGenerationEU initiative. It aims to build a national testbed in 2023 to enable advanced and applied research in quantum key distribution (QKD) and quantum internet.

The lab is based at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) and aims to develop and implement an ultra-secure communication infrastructure based on quantum technology. The aim is to connect at least two geographical sites within the LUQCIA research infrastructure. LUQCIA will rely primarily on a terrestrial network and will integrate the space segment through follow-up activities.

 “Developing a robust quantum communication infrastructure leveraging both terrestrial and satellite optical links will guarantee the security of our data in our communications network well into our future. It will also help to realise the future of a quantum internet by interconnecting high-performance quantum computers,” said Principal Investigator of the project, Prof. Symeon Chatzinotas.

Once it is up and running in 2023, the LUQCIA lab will be open to national and international stakeholders for joint research activities in the framework of SnT’s Partnership Programme.

“Luxembourg wants to remain the state-of-the-art communication hub it has become over the last decade. That is why we have taken it upon ourselves, through SnT’s scientific leadership, to lay the groundwork for tomorrow’s quantum communication infrastructure,” said Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister and Minister for Communication and Media.

“The LUQCIA infrastructure will give University of Luxembourg researchers unique tools to optimise cybersecurity for the upcoming quantum communication technology,” said Stéphane Pallage, rector of the University of Luxembourg, 

Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) 

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