About ThinkQuantum

ThinkQuantum srl is an innovative start-up, spin-off of the University of Padua, recently established by Officina Stellare Spa and other academic founders, with the purpose to offer quantum-based technology solutions for cyber security and communication systems.

ThinkQuantum, Spin-Off of the University of Padova

As a spin-off of the University of Padua, ThinkQuantum has a solid technology leadership, with most of its founders coming from the  QuantumFuture Research Group, which has been for years at the forefront of researches related to the field of quantum communications.

Officina Stellare, Industrial Investor & Tecnology Partner

Officina Stellare brings to the project its remarkable scientific and opto-mechanical engineering capabilities together wih a solid brand awareness and a well-grounded international network in the Space Industry.

Officina Stellare, a SME specialized in the design and production of high-tech opto-mechanical system instrumentation, is active on  both Ground and Space-based applications, ranging from Aerospace, Research, Defense, Earth Observation, Space Situational Awareness and Laser Communication.

The Executive Team

Paolo Villoresi

President

TQ Co-Founder, Professor of Physics at the University of Padua, expert in quantum technology and communication.

Gino Bucciol, Vice-President

Vice-President

 Co-Founder and Head of Business Development at Officina Stellare Spa.

Simone Capeleto

CEO

TQ Co-Founder and Business Management. Combining scientific background and management experience in high-tech industries.

Giuseppe Vallone

CTO

TQ Co-Founder, Professor of Physics at the University of Padua, expert in quantum technology and communication.

Key People & Co-Founders

Luca Calderaro

Quantum System Architect

Project Management and System Integration, experienced in quantum optics.

Costantino Agnesi

Scientist & Product Developer

Fiber Systems & Space Applications Key Expert.

Marco Avesani

Scientist & Product Developer

QRNG & fiber system key expert.

Andrea Stanco

Scientist & Product Developer

Firmware & electronics key expert.

Francesco Vedovato

Scientist & Product Developer

Free-space & Space Application Key Expert.

The Quantum path in Padova

Main research results by the QuantumFuture Research Group, at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova

2003

University of Padova Research Project “SpaceQ – Quantum Information and Communication in space channels” (Principal Investigator, PI, P. Villoresi)

2003
2008

First world demonstration of the feasibility of single photon exchange from the Ajisai satellite at 1600 km slant-distance [1]

2008
2009

University of Padova Strategic Project “QuantumFuture – Communications at the quantum limit” (PI P. Villoresi)

Feasibility study of a quantum transmitter for the space station, funded by the Italian Space Agency ASI (PI P. Villoresi)

2009
2011

Public demonstration of Quantum Key Distribution in the Palazzo della Ragione – Padova

2011
2013

Public demonstration of Quantum Key Distribution in the Agora of the Centro S. Gaetano – Padova

2013
2014

First world demonstration of quantum communication from satellite, published in 2015, among the 8 Highlights of the year for the American Physical Society [2] [3]

First Quantum Random Number Generator with untrusted source [13]

2014
2015

First demonstration of Quantum interference along Space channels by exploiting temporal modes [4]

2015
2016

New distance limit of single photon exchange from satellite at 7 000 km slant-distance

2016
2017

Verification with photons in Space of the fundamental property of light known as Wave-particle Duality [5]

Single photon exchange from a MEO [6] and GNSS satellites [7]

First ultra-fast (>1Gbps) Quantum Random Number Generator in a source-device-independent framework (Patented) [14]

2017
2018

New distance limit of single photon exchange from satellite at 20 000 km slant-distance

Ultra-fast QRNG with untrusted source up to 17 Gbps [15]

2018
2019

Demonstration of free-space QKD in daylight conditions with integrated photonics

2019
2020

Kick-off of “QUASAR – Quantum Safe Randomness”, a Research Project of Excellence funded by Cariparo  (Coordinator: G. Vallone).

Development and patenting of IPOGNAC, the Qubit-source with the lowest intrinsic noise so far demostrated fitting fiber and free-space applications (Patent pending) [8] [9] [10]

Secure communications based on QKD through the existing TLC fiber network of the University of Padova [11] [12]

Launch of the ASI project for I-QKD quantum communications demonstrator in orbit (Coordinator: P. Villoresi)

Installed the GaliQEye telescope at the Department of Information Engineering

The Padua Quantum Technologies Research Center , headed by Prof. Villoresi, started its activities at the end of 2020 gathering four departments: Information Engineering, Chemical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy and Mathematics. The goal consists in facing the new scientific and technology challenges set by the new quantum revolution.
2020
2021

Kick-off of EU Project QUANGO on CubeSat with QKD and 5G capabilities (Coordinator: G. Vallone)

University of Padova grants the status of University Spin-off to ThinkQuantum, enabling access to IPs and resources.

2021