Next-generation quantum receivers14 July 2022
Quantum Optical Technologies sp. z o.o. has signed a contract with European Space Agency to investigate the feasibility of next-generation quantum receivers for deep-space optical communication links. Instruments used in future deep-space missions will collect massive amounts of data from other planets of the solar system and beyond. The bottleneck is downlink transfer of these data back to Earth. A shift from the currently used radio-frequency band to the optical spectrum gives access much higher bandwidths and reduces diffraction losses, but poses a number of technical challenges. Current progress in quantum technologies provides promising options to boost the attainable transmission rates.
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