All questions answered by researcher Klaus Jöns from the Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Sweden.
What do you want to achieve in this project?
With S2QUIP we want to develop quantum integrated photonic circuits, which will provide the end user on-demand, ie. whenever they need it, with carriers of quantum information to share with other users via quantum communication channels.
How will European citizens benefit from this project, both from the technology developments it accomplishes as well as the basic science breakthroughs it may achieve?
Today’s society is based on fast information access. Most of our information exchange is done via optical communication in fibres. However, not only has the current structure of our network tremendous energy consumption but also data transfer is not secure. Therefore, we are in great need of developing a future network with increased energy efficiency while allowing for secure data communication. Our research will provide the community with chip-size light sources to realise this future network.
Why is the Quantum Flagship important and why did you choose to become part of it?
The Quantum Flagship is a unique opportunity for Europe to bring together the top quantum scientists and companies working hand-in-hand to bring quantum technology to our everyday life.
How do you see the advancement of quantum technologies in the near future and what would be your ultimate dream in the long run?
I see direct applications of quantum communication and quantum sensing technologies in everyday life and I hope to see a worldwide quantum internet emerging from the Quantum Flagship.