QCrypt 2013

3rd international conference on quantum cryptography. August 5–9, 2013 in Waterloo, Canada

Exhibit and sponsors

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Main sponsor and conference host

The Institute for Quantum Computing is a scientific research institute at the University of Waterloo harnessing the quantum laws of nature to develop powerful new technologies that will transform information technology and drive the 21st century economy. We focus on three main applications: computing, communications and sensing. Research at IQC is fundamentally interdisciplinary, spanning theory and experiment to pursue every avenue of quantum information science including quantum information theory, quantum algorithms, quantum complexity, quantum error correction and fault tolerance, spin-based quantum information processing, nanoelectronics-based quantum information, optical quantum information processing, quantum cryptography. IQC fosters collaborations across the sciences, mathematics and engineering as well as across borders.


Just sponsors

The Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) was established as Singapore’s inaugural Research Centre of Excellence in December 2007. It brings together quantum physicists and computer scientists to explore the quantum nature of reality and quantum possibilities in technology. CQT receives core funding from Singapore’s National Research Foundation and Ministry of Education and is hosted by the National University of Singapore (NUS).


Perimeter Institute is a leading centre for scientific research, training and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics. Founded in 1999 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, its mission is to advance our understanding of the universe at the most fundamental level, stimulating the breakthroughs that could transform our future. Perimeter also trains the next generation of physicists through innovative programs, and shares the excitement and wonder of science with students, teachers and the general public.


ETH Zurich is one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. It is well-known for its excellent education, ground-breaking fundamental research and for putting its new findings directly into practice. It offers researchers an inspiring working environment and its students a comprehensive education. Founded in 1855, ETH Zurich today has some 18,000 students from over 100 different countries, 3,800 of whom are doctoral students. About 500 professors currently teach and conduct research in the areas of engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, and management and social sciences. ETH Zurich regularly appears at the top of international rankings as one of the best universities in the world. 21 Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich. Transferring its knowledge to the private sector and society at large is one of ETH Zurich’s primary concerns. It does this very successfully, as borne out by the 80 new patent applications each year and some 260 spin-off companies that emerged from the institute between 1996 and 2012. ETH Zurich helps to find long-term solutions to global challenges. The focal points of its research include energy supply, risk management, developing the cities of the future, global food security and human health.


The NSERC CREATE Training Program in Building a Workforce for the Cryptographic Infrastructure of the 21st Century (CryptoWorks21) is a supplementary program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who would like to develop next-generation cryptographic tools. It prepares a new generation of researchers to create quantum-safe tools for the 21st century, provides professional knowledge and technical skills for all researchers, fosters collaboration between young scientists and experts in quantum and cryptographic research, enables students to build relationships with cryptographic communities in academia, industry, and government, and encourages collaboration between students and partners in mathematics, computer science, physics and engineering. Participants of the program have the opportunity to study, discuss, and investigate challenges and applications for quantum-safe cryptography, engage with academic and industry mentors and research groups, and participate in workshops, conferences, specialized short courses, and mentorship programs. CryptoWorks21 has a network of partners and collaborators in research centres worldwide focusing on cryptography and quantum information. Students can take advantage of our incredible collection of expertise, mentorship and training opportunities, and experimental facilities across Canada and abroad.


Telecom ParisTech is one of the “Grandes Ecoles” (French higher education establishments) in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). It belongs to the Institut Mines-Telecom and is under the authority of the French Ministry of Industry. Its mission is to provide education programs for engineers and managers, and to conduct research in ICT. As a major R&D player in ICT in France, Telecom ParisTech also largely contributes to the industrial development of ICT through the utilization of science and technology and development research carried out in close collaboration with industry. Its research teams cover a broad spectrum of disciplines, ranging from fundamental technologies, information processing, networks, computing and software to the economic, social, and legal aspects, industrial strategies and new services and usages, including quantum communications and cryptography. This expertise allows research programs to be conducted in the fields of mobile, satellite and optical communications, access networks, multimedia, business communications, the Internet, and future quantum networks. It coordinates and is a key contributor in numerous EU Framework Programme projects in ICT, as well as in French National Research Agency projects.


Quantum Communication Technology, together with Shandong Institute of Quantum Science and Technology Co., Ltd. (SIQST), is the first and biggest provider of multi-protocol network security products and services based on quantum technology, in China. The companies produce state-of-the-art quantum communication systems and series of innovative opt-electronic units with the commercial applications for the financial industry, government organizations and other enterprises, as well as the research applications for the scientific societies. Initially founded by the Chinese leading quantum physics research group from Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Science at Micro-scale (HFNL), University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), the companies are continually transferring cutting-edge scientific and technical achievements into mature commercial products, making great efforts to promote wide-range applications of quantum technology and forming the Chinese quantum industry.


The Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) takes a leading position in the Austrian innovation system and a key role in Europe as the RTO focusing on the key infrastructure topics of the future. AIT provides research and technological development to realize basic innovations for the next generation of infrastructure related technologies in the fields of health & environment, energy, mobility and safety & security. These technological research areas are supplemented by the competence in foresight & policy development. As a national and international network node at the interface of science and industry AIT enables innovation through its scientific-technological expertise, market experience, tight customer relationships and high quality research infrastructure.


Industrial exhibit

The exhibit runs for the duration of the conference and includes companies and research groups showcasing their products and experimental prototypes.

Sponsors participating in exhibit

ID Quantique’s focus is to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions that leverage the tremendous capabilities offered by quantum photonics, associated with cutting edge analog and digital electronics. The company is organized in three business units: Network Encryption, Scientific Instrumentation and Random Number Generators. IDQ offers a broad range of high-security multi-layer encryptors for high-speed networks up to 10 Gbps. These products have Common Criteria EAL4+ accreditation and are used by customers in the government and banking sectors. For uncompromised security, IDQ also offers a range of quantum key distribution products. Since 2001 ID Quantique has been at the forefront of the advancement of this high-potential field and has performed several world premieres. IDQ also has a growing scientific instrumentation business, where the company’s core quantum photonics technologies provide innovative solutions for industrial, commercial and research applications. Its product offering includes photon-counters for the visible and infrared regions of the optical spectrum, short-pulse laser sources, as well a R&D quantum key distribution platform. IDQ also develops and commercializes random number generators based on quantum physics, which are used in several industries including security, prepaid services, as well as gaming and lotteries, where they have become a reference. These products have been independently certified by a Swiss national laboratory and truly random numbers at best-in-class bit rates.

On display: commercial plug-and-play QKD system Clavis2, entangled photon source, single-photon detectors, random number generator


Founded by a group of dedicated entrepreneurs in 1997, Communitech is Waterloo Region’s hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies. Over the years, we have supported and helped build a tech cluster of nearly 1,000 companies that now generates more than $30 billion in revenue. At Communitech, we support tech companies at all stages of their growth and development—from startups to rapidly-growing mid-size companies, and large global players—to create greater numbers of successful global businesses for Ontario and Canada.


COM DEV International Ltd. is a global designer and manufacturer of space hardware. We are world leaders in the production of space-qualified passive microwave equipment, specialized electronics and optical subsystems. We have over 1,100 employees at facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. COM DEV manufactures advanced products and subsystems that are sold to major satellite builders for use in communications, space science, and remote sensing. Our technology is used on more than 700 spacecraft, including 80 percent of all commercial communications satellites ever launched. Our core capability is space engineering. We understand the unique challenges inherent in producing equipment for use in space. We regularly apply the expertise acquired through more than three decades in this industry to the development of new and innovative space technologies. Our disciplined manufacturing and quality control processes ensure we can meet the high standards of quality, reliability, timeliness and cost efficiency that our customers demand.


OptoElectronic Components is a supplier of single photon counting detector modules with ultra-fast timing resolution from Micro Photon Devices, TCSPC electronics and software from PicoQuant, and infrared photon counting detector modules based on superconducting nanowires.
Picoquant products include time correlated single photon counting electronics, detectors and pulsed lasers. The timing electronics have independent channels that can time-tag each event with picosecond timing resolution. The photon counting detectors from PicoQuant are silicon based and have very high detection efficiency in the range of 400 to 1100 nm.
Micro Photon Devices (MPD) in-depth know-how of SPAD device fabrication and active quenching electronics has led the company to develop and market a comprehensive family of single photon avalanche diodes (SPADs), silicon, CMOS or InGaAs/InP technologies. MPD products are self-contained modules that have ultra-fast timing resolution, high photon detection efficiency, low power consumption, high robustness and reliability that makes them suitable for all the low light level analytical detection.

On display: single-photon detectors, pulsed laser sources, time-tag units


The Institute for Quantum Science and Technology is a multidisciplinary group of researchers from the areas of Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics. The goals of Calgary’s Institute for Quantum Science and Technology are to conduct leading research in key theoretical and experimental topics of quantum science and technology, to provide excellent education and training in quantum science and technology and cognate areas, and to foster linkage between the Institute and other quantum science and technology institutes and with industrial partners.

On display: research prototype of measurement-device-independent QKD system (from Wolfgang Tittel’s group)


Anhui Asky Quantum Technology was established in July 2009, a spin-off from the University of Science and Technology of China. It is the first domestic quantum information company, with an existing staff of more than 80 people. Anhui Asky Quantum Technology aims to provide high-tech quantum information products.


Single Quantum offers complete single photon detection systems based on superconducting nanowire single photon detectors. In the near infrared, including telecom wavelengths, our detectors reach detection efficiencies up to 35%. In addition, Single Quantum detectors feature a reliable fiber coupling, very low dark count rate, short dead time and excellent time resolution. Our closed cycle cooling system does not consume liquid helium to cool down the detectors. This results in a system that is easy to use and that allows for continuous measurements for months.

On display: superconducting nanowire single-photon detector chips


SeQureNet is a start-up company and a spin-off from the quantum information team of Telecom ParisTech. Its team is able to tackle both technical and management challenges, and is helped by a board of advisors composed of renowned specialists in their field. The domains of expertise of SeQureNet are continuous variable quantum key distribution, cryptography and network security. CVQKD is a quantum key distribution technique with standard implementation requirements when compared to photon-counting techniques, and excellent security assurances thanks to unconditional security proofs. Building on the work done on continuous variables prototypes during SECOQC and SEQURE research projects, SeQureNet brings CVQKD to the market through software and hardware products and services. These are aimed both at the academic and the IT security usage; complete systems as well as building blocks for reseachers devising their own experiments are available. SeQureNet is maintaining close collaborations with leading academic and industrial research institutions, by actively participating to several R&D programs on QKD, positioned at the top international level. It published several articles in peer-reviewed journals regarding CVQKD performance and security.

On display: commercial continuous-variable QKD system


Scontel develops, manufactures and supplies superconducting single photon detectors and ultra-low noise one-, two- or multi-channel single photon detection systems (SSPD) for the visible and near infrared range which operate in continuous mode. We also produce high-speed detectors and receivers for the THz and mid-infrared range. Cryogen-free SSPD systems and THz receivers are available.

On display: superconducting nanowire single-photon detector chips


Tektronix is a leading supplier of test and measurement equipment. Whenever you view a web site, click a mouse, make a cell phone call, or turn on a TV you touch our work. As a world leader in test, measurement and monitoring technology, we enable our customers to do more than they ever have. Technical innovators of all kinds benefit from our products and expertise. Our customers work in communications, computer, semiconductor, military/aerospace, consumer electronics, education, broadcast and other fields all over the globe. Their reputations and success depend on our passion for solving their most complex measurement problems. We help them measure, analyze and test next generation devices to ensure accurate performance, reliability, and compatibility.

On display: oscilloscope


Teledyne LeCroy is a leading provider of oscilloscopes, protocol analyzers and related test and measurement solutions that enable companies across a wide range of industries to design and test electronic devices of all types. Since our founding in 1964, we have focused on creating products that improve productivity by helping engineers resolve design issues faster and more effectively.

On display: oscilloscopes, probes

Also in exhibit

GAP-Optique from the University of Geneva
On display: research prototype of coherent-one-way QKD system

Korea Institute of Science and Technology
On display: research prototype of plug-and-play QKD system

Hoi-Kwong Lo’s group from the University of Toronto
On display: fast random number generator

Thomas Jennewein’s group from the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
On display: random number generator, time-stamp unit, prototype of tracking mount for quantum satellite ground station, 3D print model of Canadian quantum satellite

Cambridge University Press: unattended display of some books