Deploying quantum light sources on nanosatellites II: lessons and perspectives on CubeSat spacecraft
To enable space-based quantum key distribution proposals the Centre for Quantum Technologies is developing a source of entangled photons ruggedized to survive deployment in space and greatly miniaturised so that it conforms to the strict form factor and power requirements of a 1U CubeSat. The Small Photon Entangling Quantum System is an integrated instrument where the pump, photon pair source and detectors are combined within a single optical tray and electronics package that is no larger than 10 cm x 10 cm x 3 cm. This footprint enables the instrument to be placed onboard nanosatellites or the CubeLab structure aboard the International Space Station. We will discuss the challenges and future prospects of CubeSat-based missions.
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications XII; and Quantum Information Science and Technology
- Pub Date:
- October 2015
- Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors;
- Quantum Physics
- Submitted to SPIE Quantum Information Science and Technology. Paper number 9648-49