Since 1998 the secure communication laboratory of the UMI 2958 Georgia Tech-CNRS (formerly GTL-CNRS Telecom laboratory) has been engaged in research and development of novel photonic technologies aimed at increasing the security of existing optical telecommunications networks. The laboratory has now developed into a major national and international research center in this field, and has initiated a large number of productive partnerships with major network operators, small companies and universities.
For the period 2005-2008, the secure communication laboratory has intended to continue active research programs in the following specific areas:
- Chaos based communications and ultrafast optical communications
- Quantum Key Distribution
- Nonlinear optics and novel applications to quantum communications.
The continuation of such activities relies on the building on experimental setups to validate the previous theoretical work. These fields of research are progressing rapidly into a number of new directions which explains the strong international financial funding from France, Europe and the USA.
The staff of Georgia Tech Atlanta, Georgia Tech Lorraine, Université de Franche Compté (FEMTO-ST) and Supélec (Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité) are committed towards a long term research partnership in this area, but the success of the research program to date has resulted in significant international competition that was not present even a few years ago.