Hamburg University gets EUR 1 million for quantum network

12 October 2022
Practical quantum network for safer and more reliable data transmission

Researchers at the University of Hamburg have secured EUR 1 million in funds to develop the three-year "High Fidelity Quantum Networks" (Quantum HiFi) project managed by Prof. Dr Ralf Riedinger, Department of Physics, as part of a consortium. This comes after two research projects by the Cluster of Excellence received EUR 6 million in EU funds in September. 

Secure quantum processors for fast quantum networks

"Transmitting information reliably between the nodes of a quantum communication network is a great challenge. We must be able to detect transmission errors and correct them using suitable methods," Riedinger pointed out. The quantum processors work with light particles (photons) and should be able to transmit data in a tap-proof manner. The resulting quantum network should also enable swifter data transmission.

Funding test platform for error processing

The researchers now hope to set up a "quantum supercomputer" with a secure IT structure. At present, researchers are focusing on developing a test platform to correct errors. The project is being funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research through the "Research Agile - Innovative Methods for Quantum Communication Networks". The consortium also includes the University of Ulm and Swabian Instruments GmbH in Stuttgart. 

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