February 2014. We have shown that security loopholes in quantum communication systems can be created on-demand, by laser damage. Our article is featured in Physics Synopsys, and on the cover of Physical Review Letters. Read the article (PDF).
August 2013. Huff... QCrypt the 3rd international conference on quantum cryptography, hosted at IQC this year, is over. It was a heavy task for our institute and our students to house it.
May 2013. Postdoc position in our group is open. If you have several journal publications in quantum cryptography or closely related field, you may qualify. Contact us.
January 2013. Our laboratory has been the first one from the Institute for Quantum Computing to move in to the new Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre building. We are located in room QNC 3303 (and will relocate to QNC 3301 once additional construction there is complete). We have to say the building is fantastic, and the wait has been worth it.
shooting bright green alignment beams at each other. The actual quantum states being teleported are carried by red single photons along the same path, and are invisible to the eye. Our labs modest contribution to this experiment was to provide special low-noise single-photon detectors, used in Bob on Tenerife. See press about this experiment.
June 2012. Vadim Makarovs lecture on quantum hacking may be a good introduction to this topic, if you have an hour to watch it:
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 countermeasures against them. 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. We hope that our work will also lead to meaningful certification standards for quantum communication equipment.
Here are some accessible short news articles about us (picked from larger press archive):