The QEYSSat Science Team

 

Padlocks are circling the earth from outer space, connecting by satellite pathways. The letters QEYSSAT are in the bottom right hand corner, representing the Quantum Encryption Science Satellite mission.

The Quantum EncrYption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat) mission plans to study quantum links and perform quantum key distribution (QKD) for ground-to-space communication with quantum ground stations across Canada and internationally. Leading the core QEYSSat Science Team is principal investigator Thomas Jennewein, faculty member at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo.

QEYSSat science activities are proposed and executed by Canadian and International Science Teams with close collaboration and approval by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The science activities consist of experiments and studies to maximize the scientific results of the QEYSSat mission and to advance scientific knowledge. The Science Teams are composed of researchers across Canada and international collaborators, and will help demonstrate quantum links from multiple geographically-dispersed locations.

The Quantum EncrYption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat) mission is made possible through the collaboration of the following members:

EXECUTIVE QEYSSAT SCIENCE TEAM

Map of Canada showing location of executives

A map of collaborators on the Executive QEYSSat Science Team across Canada from the CSA, NRC-Ottawa, NRC-HAA, and the core Science Team led by principal investigator Thomas Jennewein at IQC, Waterloo. The primary quantum ground station (QGS) will be located at Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and the secondary QGS is planned for the Research Advancement Centre 1 (RAC1) building at IQC, University of Waterloo.

Canadian Space Agency

Ilia Korotkine
QEYSSat Program Manager

Éric Gloutnay
QEYSSat Systems Engineer

Oleg Djazovski
Senior Electro-Optical Engineer

Lydia Philpott
QEYSSat Mission Manager

Alexander Koujelev
QEYSSat Technical Specialist

Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo 

Thomas Jennewein
QEYSSat Science Team Principal Investigator

Brendon L. Higgins
QEYSSat Science Team Technical Lead

Paul Godin
QEYSSat Science Team Technical Specialist

Brian Moffat
QEYSSat Science Team Program Director

Katanya B. Kuntz
QEYSSat Science Team Coordinator

National Research Council Canada (NRC-Ottawa)

Frédéric Bouchard

Khabat Heshami

Robin Williams

Benjamin Sussman

Philip Bustard

Lynne Genik

Duncan England

Dan Dalacu

Aimee Gunther

Sylvain Raymond

National Research Council Canada Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics (NRC-HAA) 

Jean-Pierre Véran

Scott Roberts

CANADIAN QEYSSAT SCIENCE TEAM COLLABORATORS

Map showing the different collaborator locations

A map of Canadian QEYSSat Science Team member organizations across Canada. A tertiary QGS is planned as part of the Reference Frame Independent Quantum Key Distribution project (ReFQ) at the University of Calgary.

We are continuing to expand the Canadian QEYSSat Science Team collaborators, which currently include:

Michele Mosca
Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo

John Davis
University of Alberta

Christoph Simon
University of Calgary

Steve Hranilovic
McMaster University

Serge Charlebois
University of Sherbrooke

Amr Helmy
University of Toronto

Li Qian
University of Toronto

Stephanie Simmons
Simon Fraser University

Norbert Lütkenhaus
Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo

Lindsay LeBlanc
University of Alberta

Daniel Oblak
ReFQ QGS, University of Calgary

Claude Crépeau
McGill University

Chang-qing Xu
McMaster University

Ebrahim Karimi
University of Ottawa

Jean-François Pratte
University of Sherbrooke

INTERNATIONAL QEYSSAT SCIENCE TEAM COLLABORATORS

international map showing location of international team

A map of International QEYSSat Science Team member organizations. The primary quantum ground station (QGS) will be located at Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in St-Hubert, Canada.

We are continuing to expand the International QEYSSat Science Team collaborators, which currently include:

Charlie Bellows
Air Force Research Laboratory, USA

John Rarity
ReFQ, University of Bristol, UK

Piotr Kolenderski
Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland

Ross Donaldson
Heriot-Watt University, UK

Dennis Delic
Defence Science and Technology Group, Australia

Christian Fuchs
German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

R. Nicholas Lanning
Air Force Research Laboratory, USA

Daniel Oi
ReFQ, University of Strathclyde, UK

Alessandro Fedrizzi
Heriot-Watt University, UK

Ken Grant
Defence Science and Technology Group, Australia

Florian Moll
German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany