Quantum technology is certainly one of the biggest trend topics at Photonics West 2018. While China has taken the lead in this field, Europe will catch up with a 1-billion-Euro flagship project in 2018. At the core of most such projects, there is sophisticated laser technology for the preparation and measurement of quantum mechanical properties of photons or atoms.
A new satellite-based source for entangled photons will be shown in San Francisco. Funded by the European Space Agency ESA, a team from Fraunhofer IOF has transformed ideas from research at the world-famous Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna, Austria, into an engineering qualification model. Furthermore, they are working on special adaptive optics for ground- and space-based optical terminals. This quantum technology will be part of a new generation of space-based laser systems that allow faster and more secure communication among satellites and between satellites and ground stations.