Demonstration in ACP's quantum communication lab by Dr. Fabian Steinlechner.
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Photonic quantum technologies on the rise

On the occassion of the visit of Thuringian's secretary of state Carsten Feller on July 27th, ACP scientists demonstrated their most recent research results in the field of photonic quantum technologies.
Demonstration in ACP's quantum communication lab by Dr. Fabian Steinlechner.
Image: Jürgen Scheere (University of Jena)
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Published: 2 August 2021, 02:00 | By: Christian Helgert

The emergence of quantum technologies, using the fundamental quantum effects of superposition and entanglement, is holding solid promise for a range of breakthrough applications with high societal impact. Spe­cific examples are the encoding of unbreakable messages using quantum cryptography or orders-of-magnitude faster quantum computers. The Free State of Thuringia has launched the mission to become one of the hot-spots in quantum research in the near future, and is particularly building on the expertises and technology of the Abbe Center of Photonics and its partners.

Secretary of state Carsten Feller from the Thuringian Ministry of Economics and Science was a guest of honour at workshop on photonic quantum technologies held at ACP on July 27th, 2021. On this occassion, he handed over a funding notification worth twelve million euros for the acquisition of a new lithography system at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics IOF in Jena. The new facility will be used in a close partnership between Fraunhofer IOF and many ACP scientists, and it will enable outstanding basic research in the field of quantum technologies. The acquisition of the system thus continues the impetus of recent Thuringian investments in the field of quantum research: It was not until May that a new research network for quantum technologies opened in Thuringia with the “Quantum Hub Thuringia”.

Quantum technology workshop at the ACP auditorium in 2021. Quantum technology workshop at the ACP auditorium in 2021. Image: Jürgen Scheere (University of Jena)

"The new system for electron beam lithography in Jena gives Thuringia a unique selling point worldwide in the manufacture of nano- and micro-optical components," emphasized State Secretary Feller on the occasion of his visit and the handover of the funding notification. "It is a further milestone for the research and development of quantum technologies and thus for the positioning of Thuringia as a pioneer in this field in Germany and the EU." The state has been supporting the the Jena region for several years in setting up infrastructures for quantum research and development of solution approaches for the industry. Applications such as quantum computers or analysis and measurement technology with quanta put conventional systems far in the shade, Feller explained.

Handing over of funding decision for a new e-beam lithography system at ACP in 2021. Handing over of funding decision for a new e-beam lithography system at ACP in 2021. Image: Jürgen Scheere (University of Jena)
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