Co-funded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Duration: August 2018 - July 2021
Digital transformation has – from industry 4.0 to healthcare applications – impacts on our society. Therefore it is important to ensure data security as well as reliable and secure communication. By using fundamental laws of quantum physics, it is possible to transmit encryption data in such a way that nobody can read them unnoticeably.
However, this technology is associated to considerable transmission losses so far, whereby the transmission distances are limited to less than 100 kilometers. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and 23 other partners from research and industry are developing a solution to that problem within the scope of the project "Quanten-Link-Erweiterung" (Q.Link.X). A promising result of the project would be a functional quantum repeater, which binds the quantum signals of adjacent sections to enable larger transmission distances.
With the support of the Deutsche Telekom AG, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) will provide a testbed with deployed fibers in Berlin to the project partners. Quantum repeater subsystems can then be characterized from the HHI photonic lab and their compatibility to the real telecom environment can be evaluated.