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Quantum hacking lab
    Russian Quantum Center       MISiS University  
 
   

News

  • October 2022. A PhD position is open in our lab.

  • December 2021. The MSc thesis of our PhD student Daniil Trefilov has won the third place in the annual contest of student research in technical sciences and applied math at the Higher School of Economics.

  • 12 October 2021. A nanosatellite has been deployed in orbit to test laser annealing of single-photon detectors that should heal their radiation damage in space.
    Update: unfortunately, strong solar flares in October–November killed the nanosat’s computer. So no results. However another mission will test the annealing technology soon.

  • June 2021. A PhD position is open in our lab.

  • May 2021. Our undergrad intern Polina Acheva has won a science communication contest at MISiS university with her video “Breaking is more fun than building” (in Russian), beating 101 other contestants.

  • April 2020. The lab in Moscow took delivery of optical tables.
    Click for larger image. ©2020 Vadim Makarov / RQC
    Click for larger image. ©2020 Vadim Makarov / RQC
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Our research

The main direction of research for the Quantum hacking lab is testing practical security of quantum communication systems, finding and demonstrating new loopholes, and helping to develop and test countermeasures. For example, quantum cryptography is absolutely secure in theory. However, practical implementations often deviate from the theory description, which leaves loopholes for eavesdropping. By openly publishing all our results, we ensure hardening of quantum communication technology against all possible attacks. This work will also contribute to certification standards for quantum communication equipment.

Here are some short news articles about us (picked from larger press archive):

We also do some single-photon detector development for long-distance quantum communications, e.g., via satellite.

Current collaborations

 
Whiteboard drawing by our students   
Our cat is always alive (and cooperating)!   
   Click for larger image. ©2019 Vadim Makarov / RQC
Laser damage experiment (2019, Moscow)
 
Click for larger image. ©2019 Vadim Makarov / RQC
Guest professor Anqi Huang in the Kremlin (2019)
 
Click for larger image. ©2019 Vadim Makarov / RQC
Guest professor Anqi Huang in the lab (2019, Moscow)
 
Click for larger image. ©2019 Vadim Makarov / RQC
Guest researcher Poompong Chaiwongkhot on the New Year 2019 (Moscow)
 
Click for larger image. ©2016 Vadim Makarov
Discussion with visitor Marcos Curty (2016, Waterloo)
 
Click for larger image. ©2017 Vadim Makarov
Guest researchers from St. Petersburs are doing a hacking experiment (2017, Waterloo)
 
Click for larger image. ©2017 Vadim Makarov, Scott McManus / IQC
Our lab members and collaborators (2017, Waterloo)
 
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