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20 Dec 2018

Satellite study proves global quantum communication will be possible

Researchers in Italy have demonstrated the feasibility of quantum communications between high-orbiting global navigation satellites and a ground station, with an exchange at the single photon level over a distance of 20,000km. The milestone experiment proves the feasibility of secure quantum communications on a global scale, using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). It is...

16 Aug 2018

Mapping the future direction for quantum research

The way research in quantum technology will be taken forward has been laid out in a revised roadmap for the field. Published today in the New Journal of Physics, leading European quantum researchers summarise the field’s current status, and examine its challenges and goals. In the roadmap: Dr Rob Thew and Professor Nicolas Gisin look...

19 Jun 2018

Looking to the future with quantum computing’s leading lights

Leading quantum computing experts from around the world have explored what the future holds for the field in a new special collection in the journal Quantum Science and Technology (QST). The collection of five complimentary perspective articles, called ‘What would you do with 1,000 qubits?’, publishes today. QST Associate Editor and Guest Editor for this...

31 May 2018

Quantum is key to securing blockchain, say Russian researchers

Although blockchain is traditionally seen as secure, it is vulnerable to attack from quantum computers. Now, a team of Russian researchers has developed a solution to the quantum-era blockchain challenge, using quantum key distribution (QKD). Writing in the journal Quantum Science and Technology, the researchers set out a quantum-safe blockchain platform that uses QKD to...