NuCrypt Creating Cutting-Edge Commercial Quantum Instruments
December 20th, 2016
A fascinating emerging field of research and applications development is exploiting quantum effects in optics. Optical photons are well isolated from the environment and can propagate long distances allowing for the distribution of quantum signals and specialty applications in imaging and communications (e.g. quantum key distribution). Unfortunately, as nascent technology, there is very little industrial support leaving researchers to have to go-it- alone and self-fabricate many of the basic systems required to implement experiments. This slows down progress and inhibits new entrants into the field.
NuCrypt, an Illinois company at the interface of photonic, electronic, and quantum technology, is filling this void having developed numerous standard and customized commercial quantum instruments. Their complete suite of quantum instrumentation includes a fiber-coupled entangled photon source, computer controlled polarization analyzer, single photon detectors, and all the hardware and software required to interconnect these system to record and analyze data taken in the laboratory or the field. In addition to measuring useful data statistics like correlations between detectors, NuCrypt software can automatically process a series of measurements and generate metrics like quantum state fidelity via a tomographic state reconstruction. It can also save large swaths of raw data for the users to process off-line. This gives the user convenient access to the most common measurements but preserves total flexibility.
Both academic and industrial research labs have used NuCrypt equipment to investigate, for example, how polarization entangled states interact with non-ideal fiber effects such as polarization mode dispersion or to develop applications like quantum ghost imaging. A full system can be brought up in a matter of hours, bringing some of the conveniences and efficiencies of more mature technologies to the quantum optics research community. Greg Kanter, NuCrypt CEO, hopes that the availability of this equipment will help to bring quantum optics out of the shadows and into the light of day.
Are you interested in this type of cutting-edge technology for your lab? We can help. NuCrypt offers a variety of customizable instrument solutions for our customers' unique needs. Contact us at (224) 361-3028 for more information.