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Project: QMiCS – Quantum Microwave Communication and Sensing

Acronym: QMiCS
Main Objective: The mission of QMiCS is to lead the European efforts in exploiting the quantum properties of propagating microwaves to trigger applications in distributed quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum sensing. Based on the substantial experience of the partners, QMiCS mostly focuses on the regime of continuous variables (CV), developing novel components, experimental techniques, and theory models. QMiCS’ long-term visions are:
 Distributed quantum computing & communication via microwave quantum local area networks (QLANs).
 Sensing applications based on the illumination of an object with microwaves (radar) in the quantum regime.
In the important task of interfacing the quickly advancing solid-state (superconducting circuits, NV centers, quantum dots) quantum processors, microwaves intrinsically allow for zero frequency conversion loss since they are the natural frequency scale. Furthermore, they can be distributed via superconducting cables with surprisingly little losses (0.01-0.1 dB/m). Radar also works at gigahertz frequencies because of the atmospheric transparency windows. Therefore, QMiCS’ disruptive developments eventually also lead to an implementation of quantum communication and cryptography techniques in the microwave domain.
Reference: GA 820505
Funding: EU/H2020
Start Date: 01-10-2018
End Date: 30-09-2021
Team: Yasser Omar, Jose Manuel Nunes Leitão
Groups: Physics of Information and Quantum Technologies - Lx
Partners: Aalto University (AALTO), Finland, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENSL), France, Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal, Oxford Instruments nanotechnology Ltd, United Kingdom, TTI Norte S.L. (TTI), Spain, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT), Finland, Walther-Meißner-Institute (WMI) for Low Temperature Research of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany (Coordinator)
Local Coordinator: Yasser Omar
Links: http://qmics.wmi.badw.de/
Associated Publications