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"Real test infrastructure for quantum communication in Bavaria"


The QuKomIn project, initiated by the Max Planck Institute for Light in Erlangen, aims to establish a tangible test infrastructure for quantum communication. This infrastructure takes the form of a hybrid fibre optic network, integrating satellite connections and housing application laboratories in the Erlangen/Nuremberg and Munich/Oberpfaffenhofen regions. The project operates in close collaboration with neighbouring initiatives in Saxony and Thuringia, as well as the QuNET initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Key partners in the QuKomIn project include FAU, Fraunhofer IIS, DLR, and LMU. With funding totalling approximately €15 million from the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy (StMWi), this MQV lighthouse project is set to span a five-year period.




Dominique Elser

Dominique Elser obtained diplomas in electrical and information engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and Télécom ParisTech, France in 2004. His doctoral research, focused on quantum communication in free space and photonic crystal fibres, was conducted at the Max Planck Research Group for Optics, Information, and Photonics in Erlangen, Germany. This research group later evolved into the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) in 2009.

Throughout various roles at MPL, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, and within the industry, Dominique has been actively involved in quantum communication research. His expertise spans fibre optics, free space communication, and satellite links, with a particular emphasis on continuous-variable systems.