22 October 2015 Deploying quantum light sources on nanosatellites II: lessons and perspectives on CubeSat spacecraft
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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.
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R. Bedington, R. Bedington, E. Truong-Cao, E. Truong-Cao, Y. C. Tan, Y. C. Tan, C. Cheng, C. Cheng, K. Durak, K. Durak, J. Grieve, J. Grieve, J. Larsen, J. Larsen, D. Oi, D. Oi, A. Ling, A. Ling, } "Deploying quantum light sources on nanosatellites II: lessons and perspectives on CubeSat spacecraft", Proc. SPIE 9648, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications XII; and Quantum Information Science and Technology, 964811 (22 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2199037; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2199037
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