Researchers of AtlantTIC lead a European consortium on photonic technology

Researchers of AtlantTIC lead a European consortium on photonic technology

Published on 9 May, 2017

The COM group of AtlantTIC research center has recently submitted a project to the ICT H2020 program, specifically in the photonic technology field (KET). The project is called Quantum-PIC (Photonic Integrated Circuit) and its main aim is to advance in chip integration technology (mm), improving manufacturing techniques and standardization in order to achieve better quality standards and thus be ready to take a new step toward commercialization. Technology used is CV quantum communication (continuous variable). Product will be tested in different environments: optic fiber and outer space.fran_diaz

As we have previously stated the Project is promoted and led by COM group of AtlanTIC research center, and brings together partners such as: Eindhoven University, HHI Franunhofer, OHB, Smart Photonics, Berenschot and, of course, University of Vigo. Professor Francisco Javier Díaz Otero has been one of the mayor player in this consortium.

Quantum communications are still a great unknown for most people but, in the near future, it will be a reality in common applications we are normally use and, furthermore, it will open a new range of possibilities never thought before. Thus, this kind of projects are essential in Europe in the world race of leading the next integrated photonic manufacturing technology. Some of the most interesting applications in this field are:

  • TELCO sector: Secure transmission of information. 100 % securization of a traditional communications channel by means of a “quantum channel”. Potential market is huge: banking and military sector.
  • Tomographic optical techniques: Early detection of tumors and other pathologies.
  • Biomarkers detection based on ultrasensitive photonic sensoring.
  • Pollution agent detection in air and water (food sector, service sector, security)
  • Detection of potential breakage in material (automotive and aircraft industry).

The research carried out in this area of AtlantTIC has a direct effect in Gallician strategy regarding the development of Key Enabling Technologies towards strategic sectors like automotive, aeronautics and health.