Deploying quantum light sources on nanosatellites II: lessons and perspectives on CubeSat spacecraft

R. Bedington, E. Truong-Cao, Y. C. Tan, C. Cheng, K. Durak, J. Grieve, A. Ling, J. Larsen, D. Oi

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Abstract

To enable space-based quantum key distribution proposals the Centre for Quantum Technologies is developing a source of entangled photons ruggedized to survive deployment in space and greatly miniaturised so that it conforms to the strict form factor and power requirements of a 1U CubeSat. The Small Photon Entangling Quantum System is an integrated instrument where the pump, photon pair source and detectors are combined within a single optical tray and electronics package that is no larger than 10 cm x 10 cm x 3 cm. This footprint enables the instrument to be placed onboard nanosatellites or the CubeLab structure aboard the International Space Station. We will discuss the challenges and future prospects of CubeSat-based missions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectro-Optical and Infrared Systems
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology and Applications XII; and Quantum Information Science and Technology
EditorsDavid A. Huckridge, Reinhard Ebert, Mark T. Gruneisen, Miloslav Dusek, John G. Rarity
Place of PublicationWashington, DC.
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2015
EventElectro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications XII; and Quantum Information Science and Technology - Toulouse, France
Duration: 22 Sep 201523 Sep 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE
Volume9648
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceElectro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications XII; and Quantum Information Science and Technology
CountryFrance
CityToulouse
Period22/09/1523/09/15

Keywords

  • CubeSat
  • entanglement
  • nanosatellite
  • space based quantum communication

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