“Using a unique diamond-based device which produces a single photon of light, we will be able to detect eavesdroppers and stop highly sensitive information being intercepted or stolen,” said Quantum Communications Victoria (QCV) CEO and
The QCV programme within the University’s
The joint venture began after QCV was awarded $3.3 million as part of a grant from the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development to develop the technology further.
“Eavesdropping is a global problem which causes huge financial losses for security agencies. There is a critical need for
According to the FBI, breaches of critical information transmitted through the Internet cause losses of millions of dollars worldwide.
Members of QCV have recently been awarded a Commonwealth Government International Science Linkages Grant of AUD $480,000 from the Department of Education Science and Training to develop its diamond-based technology further in an international collaboration with researchers in USA and Germany.
“This additional grant enhances the research base of the QCV program. In particular, it will help us to find infrared sources of single photons appropriate for the world’s telecommunications networks,” said Dr Huntington.
The Quantum Communications Victoria programme established by the Victoria State Government aims to provide prototype single photon sources for industry within the next three years.