Single-photon sources as new quantum standards

Project: EU project

Project Details


Improving single-photon sources to accelerate quantum technology innovation.
Single-photon sources are necessary in several fields of quantum technologies: quantum metrology, quantum communications, quantum computing, etc.
Project develops new absolute standard radiation sources based on single-photon emitters and the necessary metrological infrastructure.
VTT MIKES develops pulsed excitation lasers for single-photon emitters and customised optical excitation schemes for single-photon sources. 
Call 2017: Fundamental Metrology
This project has received funding from the EMPIR programme co-financed by the Participating States and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
Effective start/end date1/06/1830/11/21

Collaborative partners

  • German National Metrology Institute (PTB) (lead)
  • Aalto University (Project partner)
  • Czech Metrology Institute (CMI) (Project partner)
  • National Metrological Institute (INRIM) (Project partner)
  • Metrosert AS (Project partner)
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL) (Project partner)
  • BA66 National metrology institute VTT MIKES
  • National Research Council (CNR) (Project partner)
  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Project partner)
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Project partner)
  • Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) (Project partner)
  • Technical University of Berlin (Project partner)
  • Saarland University (Project partner)
  • University of Turin (Project partner)
  • University of Stuttgart (Project partner)


  • EURAMET e.V.


  • single-photon source
  • quantum standard
  • absolute standard radiation source