Microwave generation and detection equipment is nowadays included in almost every piece of electronics. Microwave spectral analyzers suitable for novel generation of 5G and future 6G networks are currently rack-based and very expensive, making necessary the development of low-cost, broadband analysis systems.
Part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Pathfinder Open call 2021, Qumicro is a three-year project (2022-2025) aiming at developing a quantum microwave sensing device presenting a large bandwidth, a good spectral resolution and a large sensitivity amplitude. This sensor will be based on a 2D array of photoelectrically readout solid-state NV diamond qubits. QuMicro will go beyond demonstrating principles, towards exploring and developing applications which will be market-ready. Although the device developed in this project will operate as a microwave sensor, with simple modifications it can be used as an ultra-sensitive matrix sensor for magnetic field detection or gradiometry.
IMEC (project coordinator), THALES, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, University of Ulm and University of Vienna.