Photonics is a well-established yet still thriving field of research and technology. It is also behind many innovations which have transformed our lives. Lasers, optical telecom fibres, cameras in our phones, LED lighting in our homes, computer screens & TVs are just a few examples of how photonics has changed technology. As photonics has the potential to enhance innovations across several industries, it is included in Europe’s Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) of the 21st Century.

A century ago the first quantum revolution deeply transformed physics and technology by introducing quantum description of the micro-world and, eventually, has resulted in useful devices: microprocessors, lasers or novel medical imaging instruments, just to name a few.  The second quantum revolution we witness today aims at direct applications of quantum effects, which we believe will advance areas such as cryptography, sensors, computing and telecommunications.

Experimental research and development in photonics and quantum technologies requires proper tools. Acquiring such tools is the major aim of the investment project National Laboratory for Photonics and Quantum Technologies (NLPQT). The project implementation will allow us to build new research laboratories, a country-wide infrastructure for dissemination of the standard optical frequency and Quantum Key Distribution systems. Once completed the infrastructure will also offer research services to the photonics and quantum industries.

Please follow the links below to learn more about the three pillars of the NLPQT infrastructure.

The project is implemented under Measure 4.2 of the Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The total cost of the project is PLN 206 974 206.44, and the ERDF funding is PLN 145 161 566.30.