2016 – Workshop Schedule

Thursday, March 31st

Opening remarks

[08:00 – 08:05] Saikat Guha

THEORY  [Session leader: Josh Combes, Perimeter Institute]

First half  [8 am to noon, including break(s)]: Theory of quantum information processing. We will discuss new theoretical concepts and ideas in quantum-enhanced optics-based information processing, with application to communications, computing and sensing. The goal of this session will be to address quantitative quantum enhancements in specific applications and to discuss important theoretical challenges in accurate modeling of practical quantum systems, with the ultimate objective of determining needs on devices (figures of merit and number) to realize specific applications scalably in order to obtain meaningful quantum-afforded performance gains.

[08:05 – 08:10] Overview of the Theory session

Josh Combes (Perimeter Institute)

Theme 1: Optical quantum computing and new frontiers

[08:10 – 08:30] Photonic quantum computing is possible with anything less than 100% loss <remote>
Terry Rudolph (Imperial College)

[08:30 – 09:00] Large scale linear optical quantum computing
Hugo Cable (University of Bristol)
Mercedes Gimeno-Segovia (University of Calgary, University of Bristol)
Pete Shadbolt (Imperial College)

[09:00 – 09:20] Boson sampling the gap between theory proposals and experiments: the road forward
Daniel Brod (Perimeter Institute)

[09:20 – 09:40] New class of quantum error-correcting codes for a Bosonic mode
Liang Jiang (Yale)

[9:40 – 9:50] BREAK

Theme 2: Quantum optical communications

[09:50 – 10:10] Floodlight Quantum Key Distribution:  A Practical Route to Gbps QKD
Jeffrey H Shapiro (MIT)

[10:10 – 10:30] Optical communication in the low-power regime: noise effects
Konrad Banaszek (University of Warsaw)

[10:30 – 10:50] Unstructured QKD  
Norbert Lutkenhaus (IQC Waterloo)

Theme 3: Fundamentals

[10:50 – 11:10] Customizing joint spectral amplitudes of nonlinear-optical photon-pair sources
Agata Branczyk (Perimeter Institute)

[11:10 – 11:30] Single photon gates and switches
Julio Gea-Banacloche (University of Arkansas)

[11:30 – 12:00] Focused discussion session on Cross Kerr nonlinearities and CPhase gates: 5-minute opinion speeches from Jeff Shapiro, Alex Gaeta, Seth Lloyd, Josh Combes/Daniel Brod, and Eden Figueroa
Barry Sanders (Calgary)

Lunch + poster session [noon – 1]

INTEGRATED PHOTONICS [Session leader: Ryan Camacho, Sandia National Laboratories]

Second half [1 pm – 5 pm, including break(s)]: Integrated photonics. The focus of this session will be on prioritizing the device metrics for various application pulls, and also understanding the state of the art and near-term prospects of various nanophotonic platforms with respect to each of the relevant metrics.

[1:00 – 1:20] An AIM Photonics Overview: What is it and how can I interact with it?
Brett Attaway (SUNY Polytechnic Institute)

[1:20 – 1:40] Integrated Quantum Photonic Circuits and CMOS Integration
Milos Popovich (University of Colorado Boulder)

[1:40 – 2:00] Heterogeneous quantum photonic circuits on silicon
Hong Tang (Yale)

[2:00 – 2:20] Fiber-to-chip light coupling using cantilever couplers, voltage control of optical polarization on chip using Berry’s phase, and hybrid silicon and lithium niobate integrated optics
Ronald Reano (OSU)

[2:20 – 2:40] Room temperature pair generation using optical micro-resonators
Shayan Mooherjea (UCSD)

[2:40 – 3:00] Photonic skin-depth engineering and universal spin-momentum locking
Zubin Jacob (Alberta)

[3:00 – 3:10] BREAK

[3:10 – 3:30] Quantum Frequency Conversion Platforms
Kartik Srinivasan (NIST)

[3:30 – 3:50] Applications of Quantum Frequency Converters
Alex Gaeta (Columbia)

[3:50 – 4:25] Guided Discussion on LOQC using nanophotonics
Mark Thompson (Bristol)

[4:20 – 5:00] Guided Discussion on state-of-the-art quantum nanophotonics components, bottlenecks, and opportunities
Dirk Englund (MIT) and Ryan Camacho (Sandia)

Pre-dinner drinks reception + posters [5 pm – 6 pm]

Dinner banquet [6 pm – 9 pm]

Friday, April 1st

BULK QUANTUM OPTICS and DETECTORS [Session leader: Paul Kwiat, UIUC]

First half  [8 am to noon, including break(s)]:: Bulk quantum optics and detectors. The goal of this session will be to discuss the state-of-the art, as well as important challenges and opportunities, in experimental (bulk) quantum optics and photon detectors. The guided session at the end will address open questions raised during the session, as well as interfacing challenges (with integrated photonic and other matter quantum systems).

[8:00 – 8:20] Ultra-high performance SPDC entanglement
Thomas Gerrits (NIST)

[8:20 – 8:40] FWM Sources and spectral characterization
Virginia Lorenz (UIUC)

[8:40 – 9:00] Time-multiplexed sources and memories
Paul Kwiat (UIUC)

[9:00 – 9:20] Photonic quantum memories
Eden Figueroa  (Stonybrook)

[9:20 – 9:45] Quantum photonic memories
Ian Walmsley (Oxford)

[9:45 – 10:05] Deterministic and Passive Photon-Atom and Photon-Photon Gates
Barak Dayan (Weizmann)

[10:05 – 10:25]  BREAK

[10:25 – 10:55] Superconducting detectors   
Matt Shaw (JPL)

[10:55 – 11:10] Semiconducting detectors
Alan Migdall (NIST)

[11:10 – 11:30] Graphene photon detectors
KC Fong (BBN)

[11:30 – noon] Guided discussion on interfacing/replacing bulk-integrated optics
Paul Kwiat (UIUC)

Lunch + poster session [noon – 1 pm]


Second half [1 pm – 4 pm, including two breaks]: Moderated topical discussions (about an hour each)

[1:00 – 1:50] Single-photon nonlinearities – Barak Dayan, Weizmann Institute of Science, will lead a discussion on the prospects of realizing non-linear optical operations (such as self and cross Kerr like interactions, cubic phase gates, non-destructive and weak measurements) on few-photon-level optical states.

[1:50 – 2:00]  BREAK

[2:00 – 2:50] Novel optical encodings of quantum information – Liang Jiang, Yale, will lead a discussion on alternative (non dual-rail) photonic qubits, including ones that may need quantum non-linear optics on few-photon-level optical states.

[2:50 – 3:00]  BREAK

[3:00 – 4:00] Quantum network theory – Don Towsley, UMass Amherst, will lead a discussion on relevant network layer issues for future a quantum information and communication network (e.g., network design, and routing/scheduling protocols for multi-flow entanglement distribution over an underlying repeater network of a complex topology). The goal of this discussion will be to discuss the benefits and associated challenges–both in theory and devices–in realizing a scalable quantum information network in the future.

[4 pm – 4:30 pm] Closing discussion and vote of thanks
Zachary Dutton

[4:30 pm] Adjourn