The National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore has awarded seven projects under the national Quantum Engineering Programme (QEP). This includes the building of single photon detectors, efficient quantum key distribution networks, and a fibre-based quantum device.
QEP launched a call for projects in July 2018, and 18 white papers were received. An international evaluation panel recommended awarding seven projects based on their quality and relevance to Singapore.
The seven projects are:
i. Integrated Quantum Receiver for Single Photon Detection by Assistant Professor Gong Xiao from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NUS Faculty of Engineering;
ii. Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors by Associate Professor Cesare Soci from NTU’s Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies;
iii. Cost-effective and fast multi-user quantum key distribution network with an untrusted centralised quantum server by Assistant Professor Charles Lim from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NUS Faculty of Engineering and CQT, NUS;
iv. A fibre-based quantum device by Assistant Professor Lan Shau-Yu from NTU’s School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences;
v. A CMOS ion trap for integrated optical clocks by Associate Professor Murray Barrett, from Department of Physics, NUS Faculty of Science and CQT, NUS;
vi. Quantum Foundry by Associate Professor Rainer Dumke from NTU’s School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and CQT, NUS; and
vii. Quantum Photonics for Superresolution Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy by Associate Professor Tsang Man Kei from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NUS Faculty of Engineering.
Mr George Loh, Director (Programmes) of NRF said: “The seven newly-awarded research projects are significant as they signify Singapore’s ambition to develop quantum devices and applications for commercial use. The projects are targeted at translating our understanding of quantum science into the engineering of devices that meet industry needs. We are confident that these research projects under the Quantum Engineering Programme will allow Singapore to build engineering solutions and systems to strengthen our expertise and competitive edge in the global market for quantum devices and applications.”
Professor John Thong, Head of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering, and Dr Kwek Leong Chuan from the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at NUS and the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), serve as co-Directors of QEP.
Prof Thong added: “The proposals we received were of high quality and build on the foundations of earlier investments in quantum research of a more fundamental nature. Translating quantum science and technology into real-world applications requires close interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists and engineers. We are heartened to see strong teams from various institutions championing the research projects.”
Dr Kwek said: “It is important that we have more engineering researchers teaming up with scientists to push the frontiers of quantum science and technology. The projects funded under the Quantum Engineering Programme will open up new possibilities to develop Singapore’s capabilities in this exciting area of technology.”
This summary is adapted from a press release issued by NRF. Download the full release [PDF] here.
Image: The photon detector being developed with QEP funding by Professor Gong Xiao at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NUS Faculty of Engineering (photo taken in 2020). Credit: ECE, NUS