The power of one: single photons illuminate quantum technology

09/12/2013 11:16

By Matt Collins

Quantum mechanics, which aims to describe the nano-scale world around us, has already led to the development of many technologies ubiquitous in modern life, including broadband optical fibre communication and smartphone displays. These devices operate using billions and billions of photons, the smallest indivisible quanta of light - but many powerful quantum effects (such as enabling quantum secure communication) can only be harnessed when working with a single photon. [Read more] ...