The EPSRC Quantum Communications Hub

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The Quantum Communications Hub is one of four Hubs comprising the research and development end of the UK
National Quantum Technologies Programme. This programme is now in its second phase (2019-2024), following a
successful first phase that ran 2014-2019. This Hub provides the UK focus for the quantum communications sector. This
report provides a brief overview of the Hub's phase 1 developments, which mainly concentrated on progressing quantum
key distribution (QKD) towards wider application. The grand vision of the phase 2 Hub is integrated secure quantum
communications at all distance scales. For practicality and flexibility, this involves free-space communications at the
shortest distance scales, fibre-based communications at the metropolitan and inter-city distance scales covered by current
fibre networking, and free-space communications to support the very longest distances required for global reach. This
report also outlines the ongoing Hub activities on short-range consumer QKD, fibre networking and long distance
satellite-to-ground QKD. Brief discussion of the Hub work on new protocols, hybrid secure communications, standards
and components is also given.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings, Emerging Imaging and Sensing Technologies for Security and Defence V
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2020
EventSPIE Security + Defence, 2020 - Online
Duration: 21 Sept 202024 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceSPIE Security + Defence, 2020
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  • quantum communications
  • Quantum Key Distribution
  • quantum technologies
  • Security

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