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RIT Photonics

Photonics for Quantum (PfQ) Workshop





The Photonics for Quantum Workshop will be LIVE STREAMED!

January 23-25, 2019, Rochester Institute of Technology

The advent of quantum physics in the early 20th century precipitated the first “quantum revolution.” It enabled transformative technologies including transistors and semiconductor microelectronics, LEDs, lasers, nuclear power, CCD-cameras, and magnetic resonance imaging. In the past few years, key advances triggered a long-anticipated second quantum revolution. “Quantum 2.0” technologies precisely manipulate and organize individual quantum systems, such as photons, trapped ions, or superconducting circuits, to leverage their strange, unintuitive properties.

RIT is having the Photonics for Quantum (PfQ) Workshop in recognition of the potential for using photons in Quantum 2.0 technologies. The purpose of the workshop is to explore how photonic devices may impact quantum science, technology, and applications. It capitalizes on recent advancements in integrated silicon photonics manufacturing, especially by the development of capabilities at AIM Photonics in the United States and other facilities around the world. PfQ is particularly timely, given the large financial investments already made in quantum technology development and those that are anticipated through the National Quantum Initiative in the United States. The workshop features international pioneers in the advancement of photonics for quantum devices and in their use in five applications: computing, communication, imaging, sensing, and clocks. U.S. federal agencies and industry will also participate.

The new quantum revolution will create whole new job categories, such as "quantum engineer." In anticipation of associated workforce development opportunities, we are planning to have talks, a panel, and on-site resources to connect quantum job employers with potential job candidates. If you are interested in this service as a company or job applicant, please note this in the comment box on the registration page. We are particularly interested in posting job advertisements on a job board at the workshop.

The talks in this workshop are all invited. We encourage further contributions in the form of posters (indicate in registration comment box).

Due to generous contributions from RIT and our sponsors, there is no registration fee.

For further information about this workshop, email Robyn Rosechandler (


See program at the bottom of the page
Quantum Careers and Education Handout

PfQ Sponsors





Confirmed Speakers

Mishkatul Bhattacharya - RIT
Robert Boyd, University of Ottawa
Jacques Carolan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dirk Englund, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Christopher Gerry, CUNY
Ed Hach, RIT
Andrew Jordan, University of Rochester
Paul Kwiat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Matthew LaHaye, Syracuse University
Jonathan Leach, Heriot-Watt University
Christopher Leburn, Chromacity Ltd.
Michael Liehr, AIM Photonics
Qiang Lin, University of Rochester
Marco Liscidini, University of Pavia
Daniel Lobser, Sandia National Laboratories
Pavel Lougovski, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Xiyuan Lu, NIST
Joseph Lukens, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Shayan Mookherjea, University of California, San Diego
Britton Plourde, Syracuse University
Stefan Preble, Rochester Institute of Technology
Satyavolu Papa Rao, SUNY Poly
John Sipe, University of Toronto
Mo Soltani, Raytheon
Alexander Tait, Princeton University
Nick Vamivakas, University of Rochester
Zachary Vernon, Xanadu
Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University
Philip Walther, University of Vienna
Andrew Weiner, Purdue University
Ed White, Chair, National Photonics Initiative
Ben Zwickl, Rochester Institute of Technology

Speaker Information

Talks are scheduled for 30 minutes, with 25 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions. The topic should feature research in any area of quantum information science, particularly how photonics is related now and how they might be used in the future. The speakers should send the title, abstract (<250 words), and headshot to by January 11, 2019. The presentations should be sent by email (if <20 MB in size) to before the day of the talk, or they can be loaded via memory stick on to the provided presentation laptop computer during the morning of the talk. For larger files (>20 MB), speakers could upload the presentation to their cloud storage account, e.g. Dropbox or Google Drive, and then provide the download link to Presentations will be streamed and recorded for later retrieval from the workshop web site. Speakers can request that their presentations not be streamed and/or recorded via email to

Poster Information

Poster abstracts (up to 250 words), title, and author list are due on January 11, 2019, and are to be emailed to Follow the SPIE guidelines for size, format, fonts, etc. The posters will be displayed on the walls of the corridors in Ingle Auditorium for the entirety of the workshop with opportunities for poster presenters to stand by their posters during coffee breaks.

Shipping Information

If you would like to ship items, such as posters, to RIT before the workshop, please use the following address and alert
Future Photon Initiative
Robyn Rosechandler
Rochester Institute of Technology
74 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

Organizing Committee

Sonia Lopez Alarcon, Mike Fanto, Don Figer, Edwin Hach, Gregory Howland, Dhireesha Kudithipudi, Drew Maywar, Parsian Katal Mohseni, Seth Hubbard, Stefan Preble, Mark Tolbert, Jing Zhang, Ben Zwickl

Travel and Venue

Ingle Auditorium, in the Student Activities Union, on RIT's campus will be the venue for the workshop. Parking is available in Lot U or D (map). Proceed to the booth at the top of the main campus booth to get a parking pass.

Air and Ground Travel
The nearest airport is the Rochester International Airport (ROC). The Radisson will provide transportation to and from the airport for hotel guests attending PfQ. Cabs, Lyft, and Uber are available in Rochester.

We have a block of rooms at the Radisson and the DoubleTree. The room rates include breakfast. Book your room before January 8, 2019.

The Radisson
The hotel is on RIT's campus and travel to/from it is not subject to rush hour traffic.
175 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623 585-475-1910

The DoubleTree
The hotel is approximately 20 minutes from RIT in rush hour traffic.
1111 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623 585-613-9588


Due to generous contributions from RIT and our sponsors, the workshop will provide lunch each day of the workshop, dinner January 23, and January 24th. Breakfast is included in the special Photonics for Quantum room rates at the Radisson and the DoubleTree.


Wednesday, January 23
8:45 AM - Ingle Auditorium Open    
Session 1 - Don Figer    
9:00 AM President Munson – RIT Opening Remarks and Welcome
9:10 AM Don Figer – RIT Introduction to PfQ Workshop
9:30 AM Ed White – AIM Photonics, National Photonics Initiative The National Quantum Initiative (NQI)
10:00 AM Michael Liehr – AIM Photonics Powering the 21st century with integrated photonics
10:30 AM Coffee Break  
Session 2 - Don Figer    
10:50 AM Robert Boyd – University of Ottawa Quantum Nonlinear Optics: New Materials and Interactions
11:20 AM Mo Soltani – Raytheon Electro-optic Quantum Transduction between Superconducting Microwave Qubits and Optical Photons
11:50 PM Lunch  
Session 3 – Dhireesha Kudithipudi    
1:00 PM Ed Hach – RIT Linear Optical Quantum Information Processing in Silicon Nanophotonics
1:30 PM Mishkatul Bhattacharya – RIT Optical Tweezer Phonon Laser
2:00 PM Shayan Mookherjea – University of California, San Diego Very-Fast Photon Sources and Detectors
2:30 PM Coffee Break  
Session 4 - Ed Hach    
2:50 PM Daniel Lobser – Sandia High-fidelity quantum and classical control in microfabricated surface ion traps
3:20 PM Stefan Preble – RIT Quantum Integrated Photonics
3:50 PM Christopher Leburn - Chromacity Ltd. Ytterbium Based Lasers Sources And OPOs For Quantum Technologies: Latest Capabilities
4:20 PM Ben Zwickl – RIT Quantum Career and Education Panel: Bryant Wysocki (Air Force Research Lab), Eric Dudley (PsiQuantum), Mo Soltani (Raytheon), Tom Tongue (Toptica), Vikas Anant (Photon Spot)
5:00 PM Ben Zwickl – RIT Student Q&A/Networking Session: All students and employers are invited
5:30 PM End of Day 1  
6:00 PM Welcome Dinner  
Thursday, January 24
8:45 AM - Ingle Auditorium Open    
Session 5 - Mike Fanto    
9:00 AM Zachary Vernon – Xanadu Continuous Variable Quantum Photonics
9:30 AM Open  
10:00 AM Philip Walther – University of Vienna Quantum Photonics for Computer Security and other Applications
10:30 PM Coffee Break  
Session 6 - Mike Fanto    
10:50 AM Jacques Carolan – Massachusetts Institute of Technology Large-scale Quantum Photonic Processors: Photonics for AI and AI for Photonics
11:20 AM Marco Liscindini – University of Pavia Engineering Non-classical Light in Photonic Integrated Devices
11:50 PM Lunch  
Session 7 - Greg Howland    
1:00 PM Matthew LaHaye – Syracuse University Hybrid Quantum Systems Composed of Superconducting Qubits, Nanomechanics, and Transmission Line Metamaterials
1:30 PM Pavel Lougovski – Oak Ridge National Laboratory Simulating Subatomic Physics on a Quantum Frequency Processor
2:00 PM John Sipe – University of Toronto You Should not Use the Electric Field to Quantize in Nonlinear Optics
2:30 PM Coffee Break  
Session 8 - Ed Hach    
2:50 PM Nick Vamivakas – University of Rochester Solid-state Quantum Photonics
3:20 PM Qiang Lin – University of Rochester  
3:50 PM Paul Kwiat – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Quantum Photonics: How Far Can We Go?
4:20 PM Andrew Jordan – University of Rochester Quantum Caustics and Chaos in Continuously Measured Quantum Systems
4: 50 PM Mike Fanto – AFRL Photon Generation in Ultraviolet Integrated Photonic Circuits
5:20 PM End of Day 2  
6:00 PM Dinner  
Friday, January 25
8:45 AM - Ingle Auditorium Open    
Session 9 - Stefan Preble    
9:00 AM Christopher Gerry – CUNY Linear Optical Quantum Information Processing in Silicon Nanophotonics
9:30 AM Dirk Englund - MIT Large-Scale Photonic Circuits for Quantum Information Processing
10:00 AM Jonathan Leach – Heriot-Watt University Imaging with Single-photon Detector Array Technologies
10:30 AM Coffee Break  
Session 10 - Seth Hubbard    
10:50 AM Jelena Vuckovic – Stanford University Optimized Quantum Photonics
11:20 AM Alexander Tait – Princeton University Superconducting Optoelectronic Networks for Quantum and Neuromorphic Computing
11:50 PM Lunch  
1:00 PM RIT Tour  
Session 11 - Parsian Mohseni    
2:00 PM Satyavolu Papa Rao – SUNY Poly Progress Towards Enabling Quantum Engineering
2:30 PM Coffee Break  
2:50 PM Britton Plourde – Syracuse University Interfacing Superconducting Quantum Processors with Cryogenic Digital Circuitry
3:20 PM Andrew Weiner – Purdue University Frequency Bin Quantum Photonics
3:50 PM Gregory Howland – RIT Efficiently Certifying Large Amounts of Entanglement in High-Dimensional Quantum Systems
4:20 PM Joseph Lukens – Oak Ridge National Laboratory Frequency Bins for Quantum Information Processing
4:50 PM Xiyuan Lu – NIST Chip-integrated visible-telecom entangled photon pair source for quantum communication
5:20 – 5:30 PM Don Figer Closing Remarks