News

Invited talk at Quantum UK 2016

Image of security lock

NPL researcher gives an invited talk on data security at Quantum UK 2016 

The Quantum UK 2016 Conference was held at the University of Birmingham in September. A theme of the conference was on the skills acquired in Quantum Technology, and there were around 100 attendees. NPL researcher, Christopher Chunnilall, gave an invited talk entitled ‘Metrology for secure quantum communications’.

With increasing amounts of data being sent and stored across networks, there is a pressing need to ensure data security. The presentation described the skills developed by NPL, through work co-funded by the EMRP (Metrology for Industrial Quantum Communications (IND06 MIQC)) and Innovate UK, to characterise the quantum optical components and modules of quantum key distribution (QKD) systems. QKD provides two parties with a perfectly-secure random key which can be used to encrypt and decrypt messages, offering a level of security beyond that possible with current systems.

These skills also enabled NPL to lead the drafting of an ETSI Group Specification for characterising the quantum optical components of such systems. This is the first measurement standard for a quantum technology. It underpins current work to characterise devices, developed by the UK Quantum Communications Hub, and work in EMPIR project Optical metrology for quantum enhanced secure telecommunication (14IND05 MIQC2) to verify the performance of physical counter-measures to specific hacking attacks.

Select your area of interest
New EMPIR Small Collaborative Projects
2021-11-04

The first two of a new type of Capacity Building project start more

Making way for the future of European manufacturing and circular economy
2021-11-02

Introducing the new European Metrology Network for Advanced Manufacturing more

EMPIR project corrects standard formula for group refractive index of air
2021-10-27

While developing novel devices for geodesy measurements, project consortium found that a correction is needed for an established formula more

Workshops on Europe’s digital measurement evolution held in September 2021
2021-10-08

EURAMET and partners held a successful series of events on ‘digital transformation challenges’ in September more

EMPIR helps improve measurements to support subsea oil and gas production
2021-09-16

Harmonised multiphase flow measurements will support subsea exploration of new oil and gas reserves more