FPGA implementations for feed-forward and QKD systems
This project deals with the design and realisation of digital hardware for the evaluation of quantum events. This is necessary in various quantum communication scenarios in order to evaluate and classify photon events, and to react quickly to them.
Specifically, the goal of this project is to design, develop, verify, and test FPGA-based signal processing solutions to digitally decode signals provided by photon detectors, time-stamp them, calibrate them using previously stored values, determine the parameters for the phase modulator and pass them to the digital-to-analogue converters. This is needed to be able to realise modular and expandable quantum-based feed-forward systems in several development stages.
Secondly, an FPGA-based system is to be conceptualised, developed, verified, and tested for a communication scenario that secures communication with the aid of a quantum key distribution (QKD) procedure. This is to realise a classical communication channel with which both time stamps of photon detection events and user data can be transmitted efficiently and securely. The second scenario is partly based on the first and extends it.
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