Photonics for Quantum (PfQ) Workshop

ritphotonics for quantum

January 23-25, 2019, Rochester Institute of Technology


January 23-25, 2019, Rochester Institute of TechnologyThe 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 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.

Quantum Careers and Education

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.

Quantum Careers and Education Handout


Download the Workshop Program PDF

Wednesday, January 23

8:45 AM - Ingle Auditorium Open
Session 1 - Don Figer
9:00 AM Don Figer – RIT Introduction to PfQ Workshop (Video)
9:30 AM Ed White – AIM Photonics, National Photonics Initiative The National Quantum Initiative (NQI) (Video)
10:00 AM Michael Liehr – AIM Photonics Powering the 21st century with integrated photonics (Video)
10:30 AM Coffee Break    
Session 2 - Don Figer
10:50 AM Robert Boyd – University of Ottawa Quantum Nonlinear Optics: New Materials and Interactions (Video)
11:20 AM Mo Soltani – Raytheon Electro-optic Quantum Transduction between Superconducting Microwave Qubits and Optical Photons (Video)
11:50 PM Lunch    
Session 3 – Dhireesha Kudithipudi
1:00 PM Ed Hach – RIT Linear Optical Quantum Information Processing in Silicon Nanophotonics (Video)
1:30 PM Mishkatul Bhattacharya – RIT Optical Tweezer Phonon Laser (Video)
2:00 PM Shayan Mookherjea – University of California, San Diego Very-Fast Photon Sources and Detectors (Video)
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 (Video)
3:20 PM Stefan Preble – RIT Quantum Integrated Photonics (Video)
3:50 PM Christopher Leburn - Chromacity Ltd. Ytterbium Based Lasers Sources And OPOs For Quantum Technologies: Latest Capabilities (Video)
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) (Video)
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 Dave and Busters  

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 Philip Walther – University of Vienna Quantum Photonics for Computer Security and other Applications (Video)
10:00 AM Mike Fanto - RIT Quantum Integrated Photonics Panel (Video)
10:30 PM Coffee Break    
Session 6 - Sonia Lopez Alarcon
10:50 AM Jacques Carolan – Massachusetts Institute of Technology Large-scale Quantum Photonic Processors: Photonics for AI and AI for Photonics (Video)
11:20 AM Marco Liscidini – University of Pavia Engineering Non-classical Light in Photonic Integrated Devices (Video)
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 (Video)
1:30 PM Pavel Lougovski – Oak Ridge National Laboratory Simulating Subatomic Physics on a Quantum Frequency Processor (Video)
2:00 PM John Sipe – University of Toronto You Should not Use the Electric Field to Quantize in Nonlinear Optics (Video)
2:30 PM Coffee Break    
Session 8 - Ed Hach
2:50 PM Nick Vamivakas – University of Rochester Solid-state Quantum Photonics (Video)
3:20 PM Qiang Lin – University of Rochester Integrated Photonic Devices for Controlling Quantum Properties of Light (Video)
3:50 PM Paul Kwiat – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Quantum Photonics: How Far Can We Go? (Video)
4:20 PM Andrew Jordan – University of Rochester Quantum Caustics and Chaos in Continuously Measured Quantum Systems (Video)
4: 50 PM Mike Fanto – AFRL Photon Generation in Ultraviolet Integrated Photonic Circuits (Video)
5:20 PM End of Day 2    
6:00 PM Dinner MAGIC Spell Studios (Keynote Video)

Friday, January 25

8:45 AM - Ingle Auditorium Open
Session 9 - Stefan Preble
9:00 AM Christopher Gerry – CUNY Increasing atomic clock precision with and without entanglement (Video)
9:30 AM Dirk Englund - MIT Large-Scale Photonic Circuits for Quantum Information Processing (Video)
10:00 AM Jonathan Leach – Heriot-Watt University Imaging with Single-photon Detector Array Technologies (Video)
10:30 AM Coffee Break    
Session 10 - Seth Hubbard
10:50 AM Jelena Vuckovic – Stanford University Optimized Quantum Photonics (Video)
11:20 AM Alexander Tait – Princeton University Superconducting Optoelectronic Networks for Quantum and Neuromorphic Computing (Video)
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 (Video)
2:30 PM Coffee Break    
2:50 PM Britton Plourde – Syracuse University Interfacing Superconducting Quantum Processors with Cryogenic Digital Circuitry (Video)
3:20 PM Andrew Weiner – Purdue University Frequency Bin Quantum Photonics (Video)
3:50 PM Gregory Howland – RIT Efficiently Certifying Large Amounts of Entanglement in High-Dimensional Quantum Systems (Video)
4:20 PM Joseph Lukens – Oak Ridge National Laboratory Frequency Bins for Quantum Information Processing (Video)
4:50 PM Xiyuan Lu – NIST Chip-integrated visible-telecom entangled photon pair source for quantum communication (Video)
5:20 – 5:30 PM Don Figer Closing Remarks  

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

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