Funding programme: ERC-2015-Proof of Concept
Overall funding: € 150,000
 Grant agreement no: 693604 
Period: 01 February 2016-31 July 2017 
Principal Investigator: Fabio Sciarrino, Department of Physics, University of Roma “La Sapienza” 
Partner: CNR, Italy – R. Osellame & R. Leoni

This Proof of Concept grant is a top-up funding to explore commercial or innovation potential of the results of an ERC-funded research (3D-QUEST) and can be used, for example, to establish intellectual property rights, investigate business opportunities or conduct technical validation.

PROJECT 3D-COUNT in collaboration with IFN-CNR (Roberto Leoni and Roberto Osellame)

Photonics, in recognition of its strategic significance and pervasiveness throughout many industrial sectors, has been identified as one of the Key Enabling Technologies for Europe. Photonics in combination with quantum information science has great potential to facilitate, transform and innovate future technologies for the better. The Proof of Concept 3D-COUNT project intends to contribute to this by developing and testing a communication platform prototype, comprised of single photon detectors, which are efficiently coupled to single mode fibers using an innovative laser written device. This enables the integration of single photon detectors on innovative glass waveguides. These glass integrated photonic circuits offer excellent specifics for on-chip quantum optics implementations in terms of scattering losses, offering flexibility of the waveguide geometry and ensuring high coupling efficiency with optical fibers.