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NUS quantum researchers on world scientific stage

28 February 2012

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting 2012 held in Vancouver has the theme "Flattening the World: Building a Global Knowledge Society"

Prof Ekert presenting at the AAAS symposium

Singapore's standing in scientific research captured worldwide attention at a major global event recently, thanks to the participation of the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT), a Research Centre of Excellence hosted at NUS.

The Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the most recognised international science gatherings, was held in Vancouver, Canada from 16 to 20 February this year. It drew more than 11,000 attendees including scientists, educators, the media and members of the public.

CQT's Director Artur Ekert, Lee Kong Chian Centennial Professor in NUS and Professor at the University of Oxford, UK, gave a talk at the symposium titled "Quantum Information Science and Technology: A Global Perspective". He spoke alongside scientists leading key research centres in Canada, Germany, China and the US.

Prof Ekert is one of the inventors of a secure communication protocol known as quantum cryptography, which exploits the properties of quantum physics to provide a built-in mechanism for detecting eavesdropping. New results presented in his talk were reported in various media, including LiveScience. The Economist ran a story about quantum physics at the AAAS meeting - the article "Quantum cryptography: Entanglement takes off" mentions both Prof Ekert's work and CQT's ambitions to carry out a quantum experiment in space.

At the event's exhibition, CQT showcased its plans to conduct the world's first satellite-borne quantum experiment, including a demonstration of some of the technologies developed.

For more information and photos, check out the CQT website.

By Centre for Quantum Technologies