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Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Photon Counting News; brought to you by IDQ, a leading provider of optical instrumentation products

It’s that time of year again! Registration for the 9th Annual Winter School on Quantum Cyber Security is now open.

Recently, the Quantum Space Race took a big leap forward when the Chinese launched a satellite specifically design for secure quantum communications.

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Michael Desert

9th Annual Winter School – Registration Now Open

The 9th Winter School on Quantum Cyber Security will, once again, be held in the Swiss ski resort of Les Diablerets between 14th -20th January 2017.

Following the success of last year’s format, the 2017 event will feature a two-track program.

The two-day Executive Track will provide a high level overview of quantum threats and cyber security. The longer Technology Track, which will last 5 days, will go into technical details.

Winter School Speakers Announced

This year, we are happy to have a list of very distinguished guest speakers, who will be on-hand to share their insight and knowledge with you:

  • Prof. Artur Ekert 
  • Prof. Michele Mosca 
  • Prof. Sandu Popescu 
  • Dr. Jean-Philippe Aumasson 
  • Prof. Vadim Makarov  
  • Prof. Hugo Zbinden
  • Dr. Mikael Afzelius
  • Dr. Colin Williams 
  • Dr. Christoph Marquardt 

> Book your place at the 9th Annual Winter School here <

The Quantum Space Race Begins

China has officially kicked off the quantum space race, becoming the first country to launch a satellite designed for highly secure quantum communications.

Although China have stolen a march on the rest of the world, the US and Europe are not far behind. Free Space QKD was pioneered in the US as far back as 2002.

The Chinese satellite is designed to hold a low-earth orbit at an altitude of 500km, but European scientists are already working on plans for a geostationary satellite capable of quantum communication over a much greater distance.


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