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Master's Open Day at UNU-MERIT
UNU-MERIT will host a Master's Open Day on Saturday 24 March 2018. Our top-ranked MSc in Public Policy and Human Development (MPP) emphasises the connection between public policy and decision-making processes, as well as the principles of good governance.

Students who successfully complete our Master's programme receive a double degree issued by the United Nations University and Maastricht University. Several information sessions will be offered throughout the day and visitors will have the opportunity to talk with staff and students.
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    A new method of using photons to carry information might provide a new wireless solution for communication. A collaborative team from the UK, Germany, New Zealand, and Canada have developed a way to 'twist' photons to improve on open-area quantum information transfer.

    Photons already have seen use in a number of tests to determine the precision of quantum networks over long distances. While the advent of quantum communication might just well be on the horizon, the team has figured out a way to use photons to carry information and data wirelessly, potentially replacing today's fibre optics and creating a much faster internet.

    The researchers call their new technique 'optical angular momentum' (OAM) which works by 'twisting' light across open spaces. Concretely, they twisted photons by passing them through a special kind of hologram to give the photons this OAM. Capable of travelling across open spaces, these twisted photons can carry more data in each transmission, while also becoming strong enough to withstand interference caused by turbulent air.

    The hologram enables the photons to carry more than just the usual binary bits of 0s and 1s used in today's digital communications - the same way a quantum network relies on quantum bits (qubits) to relay information.

    The method was shown to be effective across a 1.6 km free space link the research team built in Erlangen, Germany, an area that simulated an urban environment with all the potential sources for signal disruption.

    Science Alert / Science Advances    October 31, 2017