Thursday, 17 October 2019

Quantum photonics?!

What on earth are quantum photonics?!

Oh, PR email - !!!

Cambridge, UK - 17 Oct 2019 - Nu Quantum, the quantum photonics company, today announces the completion of a £650,000 pre-seed investment round. The over-subscribed round was led by Amadeus Capital Partners, with participation from IQ Capital, Ahren Capital, Cambridge Enterprise and Martlet Capital, the investment arm of Marshall of Cambridge Group.

The raise follows eight years of research at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Nu Quantum is building high-performance single-photon sources and detectors that work at room temperature. These devices are the building blocks that will enable a range of quantum technologies, the most near-term being Quantum Key Distribution (QKD): communication links which are completely secure as end users are able to detect any imprint on the exchanged photons left by a potential eavesdropper.

Well, I'm none the wiser, me. 'Ha! Give them a chance to explain themselves, boss.' Well, all right. I'll give anyone a chance.

Nu Quantum will soon start working with a major UK telecoms company, testing its quantum technology. While several quantum companies are looking at the fibre-based application of quantum communication technology, Nu Quantum is one of the few looking at its application in 'free space' communications. This means communication without fibre optics - their vision for their proprietary components to form an end-to-end free-space quantum cybersecurity system which will enable the secure exchange of cryptographic keys globally via satellite and metropolitan links.  

Telecoms?! Are they having a laugh? My Three network has been down for eight hours. Uh, it's just come back. BUT(!) ... if these firms can't even deliver a signal, dear reader(s). Do you know what I mean? I don't think we need neutron photons or whatever they're calling it. 'Quantum photonics.' Yeah, whatever.

Maybe Carmen will make a bit of sense ...

Carmen Palacios-Berraquero, CEO, Nu Quantum, explains: "To make quantum communication a reality there are, among others, two major challenges: to generate and detect single photons with high purity and efficiency. Nu Quantum is developing high performance quantum photonics hardware that works at the single photon-level, at room temperature. These quantum components are the necessary building blocks for any quantum architecture."

Uh, okay. [Unbelievable!] Maybe Alex will make a bit of sense ...

Alex van Someren, Managing Partner Early Stage Funds, Amadeus Capital Partners, who will join Nu Quantum's board, adds: "Nu Quantum is poised to unlock the potential of quantum communication. Using this investment by Amadeus, Nu Quantum will address the challenge of cryptography first. Based on its single photon sources and detectors, Nu Quantum aims to deliver high-rate, quantum-secure key generation and exchange, taking us one step closer towards absolute cyber security."

Christ, these people! / Well, listen, Carmen, Alex ... I wish you all the best with everything. 'Ha!' I really do! I'm sure you know what you're doing. [Even if nobody else does.]



Anything else? You bet your ass something else, my kook(s)! Now, this is the real news, as far as I'm concerned. 'Tell us, Mikey!'

Okay, okay ... I've bought my favourite film, Fandango, for my phone. 'Brilliant! How did you manage that?' Well, as we all know, it's not available on Google Play, BUT(!) ... I bought it on Amazon Prime Video. 'Oh.' You see, I thought you needed to subscribe to Prime, which I'm never going to do, BUT(!) ... no, no, no. You don't have to. You can just buy or rent the videos you want. 'Yippee!' Obviously, yippee! Yes!

Music? I've got to do another post later ... maybe it'll be a music post. Who knows?!

My songs? Well, I'm not recording at the moment. 'Pull your finger out!' Yeah, yeah.

Listen! I'm on the verge of having seven world-beater songs, man! I've got to finish Good Times/Bad Times, and - 'There have been good times ...' Ha! That's not my one, Voice. And I'll have to do the other lyric, too, for the new tune.

But seven big songs, you dig? Maybe life isn't a total shithouse, after all.

[Ten is the magic number.]

Later(s), pop fan(s)!