7th Winter School on Practical Quantum Communications


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After six very successful editions (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014), ID Quantique is proud to announce that the seventh edition will take place in January 2015 in the Swiss Alps (testimonials and pictures of previous editions).

This program will deal with quantum cryptography, quantum computing and quantum repeaters. The goal of this event is to introduce this exciting topic in a relaxed and stimulating atmosphere to a general audience of physicists and computer scientists with little or no background in practical quantum communications.

Special emphasis will be placed on practical aspects of quantum communications, such as the implementation of quantum key distribution systems and quantum repeaters, as well as concrete steps towards a quantum computer.

The emerging applications of these promising technologies will also be discussed.By including hands-on tutorials, the Winter School will offer participants the unique opportunity to learn to operate a real quantum cryptography system, as well as single-photon detectors.In order to maximize the possibility to interact with instructors and to allow intensive hands-on tutorials, the number of participants is limited. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.Come join us in Les Diablerets next winter!

This Winter School is a unique opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art practical quantum cryptography and gain hands-on experience. The program will also allow participants to network and socialize, while discovering winter sports such as downhill skiing or snowshoe hiking in a beautiful Swiss Alps winter landscape.To apply or for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or download the winter school brochure here.






  • Quantum Computing
  • Quantum Repeaters

and of course still

  • Quantum Cryptography



  • Dates

Sunday January 18 to Thursday January 22, 2015
(Arrival on Saturday afternoon and departure on Friday morning.)


  • Location

Les Diablerets in the Swiss Alps (2 hours by train from Geneva International Airport)


  • Instructors

Members of the ID Quantique R&D team and researchers from leading academic institutions

Catherine McGeoch   Professor Catherine McGeoch, Benchmarkin Team Lead, D-Wave Systems, Inc.
  • Brochure

Download brochure


  • Certificate

Granted upon completion of the Winter School

Colin P. Williams  

Dr. Colin P Williams, D-Wave, United States


  • Price

EURO 3'480 per participant (early bird discount available), including board and accommodation, course participation, teaching materials and recreational activities. This amount does not include travel to and from Les Diablerets.



Nicolas Gisin
  Prof. Nicolas Gisin, University of Geneva, Switzerland  
Sandu Popescu   Prof. Sandu Popescu, University of Bristol, UK

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Eleni Diamanti  

Dr Eleni Diamanti, CNRS Télécom ParisTech, France

  Dr. Tracy Northup, University of Innsbruck, Austria


  Dr. Mikael Afzelius, University of Geneva, Switzerland




 renato-renner    Prof. Renato Renner, ETH Zurich, Switzerland  
pasfoto 2013-1   Dr. Jeremy Butcher, Fox-IT, Netherlands
INBOX32146   Nino Walenta, Battelle Memorial Institute, USA


Winter School Program
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• For hands-on tutorials, participants will work in groups. Each group will take part in the following tutorials: Tutorial 1 – Single-photon detection , and Tutorial 2 – Experimental Quantum Key Distribution.
• The courses will not focus sole only on ID Quantique's products, but will use them for as illustrative purposes illustrations .

Winter School Location
Les Diablerets, Switzerland

Enjoy the pure mountain air in a charming family resort at the foot of a magnificent glacier. Les Diablerets is an unspoiled country village set amid spectacular Alpine scenery. Majestic summits, pristine forests... Les Diablerets has done such a good job of meeting the needs of tourism that visitors feel right at home!



In winter, the mountain offers you all the pleasures of skiing, snow and meeting family or friends: Alpine skiing and snowboarding, but also cross-country skiing, snowshoes or hikes, day or night sledge runs, ice-skating or curling, swimming-pool and other sports or fun activities.

In the latter half of the 19th century, the development of means of communication, roads, post, railway had two immediate consequences...
Increased contacts with towns in the plain and the rapid expansion of tourism, due to the construction of various hotels and guesthouses. By 1867 horse-drawn coaches and carts could reach le Plan des Isles. This meant that timber could be exported and increasing numbers of tourists could come to enjoy the fresh, pure air and magnificent peaks. This led to a tourist board being set up in 1888 (now called Diablerets Tourisme).



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Professor Nicolas Gisin is the group leader of the group of applied physics at the university of Geneva. After a master in physics and a degree in mathematics, he received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Geneva in 1981 for his dissertation in quantum and statistical physics. The "Fondation Louis de Broglie" recognized this work with an award.

After a post-doc at the University of Rochester, NY, he joint a start-up company, Alphatronix, dedicated to fiber instrumentation for the telecommunication industry. Initially head of the software, he quickly became responsible for the hardware-software interface. Four years later he joined a Swiss software company developing an image processing package which received the attention of the American journal "PC Magazine".

In 1988 an opportunity to join the Group of Applied Physics at the University of Geneva as head of the optics section brought him back to the academic life. At the time the optics section was entirely devoted to support of the Swiss PTT (now Swisscom). In order to get a critical mass and stability, the optics section under the impulse of Prof. N. Gisin started two new research directions, one in optical sensors, one in quantum optics. The telecom and the sensing activities led to many patents and technological transfers to Swiss and international industries. Several products had and still have a commercial success. The quantum optics activities are more basic research oriented. The main theme is to combine the large expertise of the group in optical fibers with basic quantum effects. More recently, the demonstration of quantum cryptography and of long distance quantum entanglement received quite a lot of attention as well from the international scientific community as from the press "grand public".