Optical and Quantum Communications (OQC) Laboratory, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center
Optical and Quantum Communications (OQC) Laboratory was founded in order to cope with the cutting edge technologies --- optical and quantum communications. It has been growing to become a Thailand’s major frontier laboratory that makes the effort to conduct R&D on these areas which are regarded as a promising topic to support people demand in the age of information. Indeed, the optical and quantum communication is expected to be one of the key solution of technologies for the future. Practically, one of them which is likely to be realized in the near future is “quantum cryptography”. This lab is the part of NECTEC, several projects have been conducted to achieve its missions in “security technologies platform”. Presently, OQC lab aims at developing a system of quantum cryptography which is regarded as absolute secure communication by using of the law of quantum physics. The main challenges of this project are the practical implementation of those quantum properties as well as the difficulty of transmitting information through noisy and lossy quantum communication channels. In addition, the OQC lab has been also putting the effort to survey and to follow the world's trend and forecast in other quantum related fields, quantum computing. Development on random number generator/randomness testing service, error control coding for next generation mobile communications and hard disk drive applications, as well as free-space optical communications, are also focusing.
Apart from conducting research and development projects, other responsible includes technology transfer, training, and working for national and international collaboration among academia and public sectors. There are research collaboration between OQC lab and national/international research organization company and academia such as Thamasat university, Mahidol university, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, and Thailand Center of Excellence in Physics. OQC members consist of researchers, graduate students, interns, and partners from collaborated universities.