Dr. Andrei Faraon
Caltech, United States
Dr. Andrei Faraon is a Professor of Applied Physics at California Institute of Technology. After earning a B.S. degree in physics with honors in 2004 at California Institute of Technology, he received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Applied Physics both from Stanford University in 2009. At Stanford, Dr. Faraon was involved with seminal experiments on quantum optics using single indium arsenide quantum dots strongly coupled to photonic crystal cavities in gallium arsenide. After earning his PhD, Dr. Faraon spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Hewlett Packard Laboratories. At HP he was involved with pioneering experiments on diamond quantum photonic devices coupled to solid-state spins. He demonstrated the first nano-resonators coupled to single nitrogen vacancy centers in mono-crystalline diamond. Faraon left HP in 2012 to become an Assistant Professor at Caltech, where he set up a laboratory specialized in developing nano-photonic technologies for devices that operate close to the fundamental limit of light-matter interaction. He is focused both on fundamental challenges on how to control the interaction between single atoms and single photons using nano-technologies, and on using nano-photonics to build cutting edge devices for imaging and sensing. He is the recipient of the 2018 Adolph Lomb Medal of the Optical Society of America, 2015 National Science Foundation CAREER award, the 2015 Air Force Office of Scientific Research young investigator award and the 2016 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.
Speech Title: Quantum Nano-Photonic Devices Based on Rare-Earth Ions
Prof. Julien Laurat
Sorbonne Université, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Paris, France
Julien Laurat is Professor at Sorbonne Université, Paris, and he’s leading a research group in Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Science at Laboratoire Kastler Brossel. After earning an engineering degree in Photonics, he received his PhD in 2004 at LKB on the generation of continuous-variable entanglement and worked then for one year at Institut d’Optique on quantum state engineering with femtosecond pulses. From 2005 to 2007, he held a postdoctoral position at the California Institute of Technology, where he developed quantum repeater primitives based on atomic ensembles. At LKB, his group focuses on experimental and theoretical researches to develop the scientific and technical abilities for the realization of quantum networks. His works includes the development of efficient interfaces between light and cold atoms for quantum data storage, the generation, characterization and manipulation of non-classical states of light, and the implementation of networking protocols using these resources. This research involves fundamental and more applied studies in quantum optics, non-linear optics, cold atoms, photon detection and nanophotonics. In 2012, he was elected to the Institut Universitaire de France and was awarded a Starting grant from the European Research Council.
Speech Title: Coming soon
Prof. Tracy Northup
University of Innsbruck, Austria
Tracy Northup is the Ingeborg Hochmair Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her group’s research explores quantum interfaces between light and matter, focusing on trapped-ion and cavity-based interfaces for quantum networks and quantum optomechanics. Tracy received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2008. She then held an appointment as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Innsbruck, where she was the recipient of a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship and an Elise Richter Fellowship. She became an assistant professor at the University of Innsbruck in 2015 and has been a full professor since 2017. Notable research results include experimental demonstrations of ion-photon entanglement and quantum state transfer in an optical cavity, as building blocks for future quantum network nodes. In 2016, she received the START Prize, the highest Austrian award for young scientists, from the Austrian Science Fund.
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Prof Nicolas Sangouard
University of Basel, Switzerland
Nicolas Sangouard studied physics at the University of Burgundy in Dijon where he did a PhD in the framework of coherent control. He did a postdoc in quantum optics with M. Fleischhauer in Kaiserslautern in 2005 and also with N. Gisin in Geneva in 2006. In 2007, he obtained a Maitre de Conferences position at the University Paris VII. Returning to Geneva in 2009, he headed the theoretical activities related to quantum optics in N. Gisin’s group, while on leave from his permanent position. He received a professorship from the Swiss National Foundation in 2014, which he is using to run an independent research group at the Department of Physics, in the University of Basel. Notable research results include theoretical proposals for implementing and certifying quantum networks. On the fundamental side, he made proposals to create and detect quantum features in macroscopic systems. He is the recipient a Carnot Foundation Fellowship in 2004 and the co-recipient of the Paul Ehrenfest Best Paper Award for Quantum Foundations in 2017.
Speech Title: Trustworthy certifications of quantum communication technologies
Prof. Pascale Senellart
Pascale Senellart is a senior CNRS researcher working in the field in solid-state quantum optics. Her group, at the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – CNRS – University Paris Saclay, studies and develops semiconductor devices for optical quantum technologies : single photon sources, single photon non-linearities, spin-photon interfaces and nanoacoustic cavities. Pascale received her Ph.D. from the University Paris 6 in 2001 and joined the CNRS end of 2002 after two short postdoctoral positions in industrial laboratories. In 2008, she invented a technology to fully control the coupling between a single quantum dot and a microcavity, a technique that allows her team to address many interesting challenges in the field of solid-state quantum optics. She has co-authored 140 papers in refereed journals and given more than 120 invited talks in international conferences and workshops. She was awarded of an ERC consolidator grant in 2011, received the CNRS silver medal in 2014 and was elected OSA Fellow in 2018. In 2017, she cofounded Quandela, a spin-off company specialized in single photon sources.
Speech Title: Pure quantum light generation in the solid state
Prof Christine Silberhorn
University of Paderborn, Germany
Christine Silberhorn is a professor at Paderborn University, where she is leading a research group in the area of integrated quantum optics. Her interests cover novel optical technologies based on non-linear integrated devices including their fabrication and tailoring for new applications, and the exploration of ultrafast pulsed light as well as of time multiplexed quantum networks. She has contributed to the development of engineered quantum light sources and circuits using integrated optics and ultrafast pulsed lasers, the implementation of multichannel quantum networks for photon counting and quantum simulations, and the realization of quantum communication systems with bright light. She received her doctorate from the University of Erlangen in 2003, and worked as a postdoc at the University of Oxford from 2003 to 2004. From 2005 to 2010 she was a Max Planck Research Group Leader in Erlangen. Her research work has been awarded by several prizes; most prominently she received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-prize from the German Science Foundation in 2011 and a consolidator ERC-grant in 2017. In 2013 she has been elected as a member of the Leopoldina, National Academy of Science, and in 2018 as a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.
Speech Title: Quantum networks based on integrated optics and pulsed light
Prof. Leticia Tarruell
Leticia Tarruell is a Professor at ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, where she leads the Ultracold Quantum Gases experimental research group. Leticia received her PhD from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris in 2008 under the supervision of Christophe Salomon, on the study of strongly interacting superfluid Fermi gases. As a postdoc in the group of Tilman Esslinger at the ETH Zurich, she studied fermionic atoms in optical lattices as model systems for graphene and quantum magnetism. After a CNRS position at Institut d’Optique in Bordeaux, she joined ICFO in 2013, first as assistant professor and since 2020 as full professor. Her current research focuses on the simulation of unconventional superfluid phases, such as quantum liquid droplets and chiral superfluids, with Bose-Einstein condensates.
Speech Title: Unconventional superfluids in two-component Bose-Einstein condensates with competing interactions
Prof. Wolfgang Tittel
TU Delft, Netherlands
Wolfgang Tittel is an experimental physicist. He received his PhD from the University of Geneva in 2000 for “Quantum correlation for quantum communication”, joined the University of Calgary in 2006 as associate professor, and was promoted to full professor in 2013. Since 2018, he is a professor at the EEMCS Department at the TU Delft, and a staff member at QuTech. Dr. Tittel’s research was seminal in bringing quantum communication technology out of the laboratory and into the real world using deployed telecommunication fiber. Notable research results include the first demonstration of measurement-device independent quantum key distribution, which is of particular interest due to its resilience to quantum hacking, its suitability for building networks, and its upgradability to quantum repeater-based communication links; city-wide quantum teleportation; and the storage and recall of members of entangled photon pairs using rare-earth-ion based quantum memory. Dr. Tittel is a founding member of the international quantum cryptography conference QCRYPT, and he has been a member of steering, executive and program committees of various institutes and for various conferences.
Speech Title: How long until a quantum repeater?
Prof. Jörg Wrachtrup
University of Stuttgart, Germany
Joerg Wrachtrup, Professor and director of the 3rd Institute of Physics and the Center for Applied Quantum Science, University of Stuttgart (2000, continuing) as well as Max Planck fellow at the MPI for Solid State Research Stuttgart, has pioneered the field of single spin physics by initially doing the very first single electron and subsequently the first single nuclear spins experiments. By combining optics and spin resonance he discovered defects in insulators, most notably defects in diamond, as a valuable system for quantum information processing in novel type of quantum sensor for electric and magnetic fields. He and his group pioneered application of these novel sensor techniques. His current research interest is geared towards application of quantum enhanced sensing in bio, medical as well as material sciences.
Professor Wrachtrup published close to 300 papers in refereed journals with numerous Nature and Science papers, plus reviews in both over the past years. In 2011 and 2017, he was awarded two Advanced Research Grant of the European Research Council, in 2012 he received the Leibniz Price of the German Science Foundation, in 2013 the Bruker Prize and in 2014 the Max Planck Research Award. He is member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Science and has continuously been listed as “Highly Cited Researcher” since 2014.
Speech Title: Coming soon
Prof. Winfried Hensinger
University of Sussex, UK
Professor Winfried Hensinger heads the Sussex Ion Quantum Technology Group and he is the director of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies. Hensinger’s group works on developing and constructing practical trapped-ion quantum computers as well quantum sensors. In 2016, Hensinger and his group invented a new approach to quantum computing with trapped ions where voltages applied to a quantum computer microchip can replace billions of laser beams which would have been required in previous proposals on how to build a quantum computer.
In 2017, Hensinger announced the first practical blueprint for building a quantum computer in a paper published in Science Advances (http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/2/e1601540.full) giving rise to the assertion that is now possible to construct a large scale quantum computer. Hensinger recently founded, Universal Quantum, a full stack quantum computing company where he serves as Chief Scientist and Chairman.
Hensinger obtained his PhD at the University of Queensland working on quantum non-linear dynamics with cold atoms under supervision of Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Norman Heckenberg and Gerard Milburn. During his PhD research, he spent an extended period at NIST in Gaithersburg, USA in the group of Nobel laureate William Phillips where he accomplished the first demonstration of a highly counterintuitive quantum phenomenon where individual cold atoms move in two opposite directions simultaneously – dynamical tunnelling. He then spent three years at the University of Michigan, in the group of Chris Monroe. At Michigan, Hensinger produced the first ion trap microchip, realized transport through a junction within an ion trap array as a world first and discovered that mild cooling of trap electrodes can mitigate motional heating of trapped ions. He took up a faculty position at the University of Sussex in 2005.
Speech Title: Developing practical quantum computers with trapped ions
Dr. Mikael Afzelius
University of Geneva, Switzerland
Speech Title: Coming soon
Prof. Barak Dayan
Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Israel
PhD (2005): At the Weizmann Institute, demonstrated nonlinear interactions with entangled photons.
Postdoc (2005-2008): At Jeff Kimble’s lab in Caltech, led the chip-based cavity-QED effort, and the attainment of Strong Coupling between single atoms and monolithic WGM microresonators..
Since 2009 – heading the Weizmann Quantum Optics group, focusing on single-atom cavity-QED demonstrations of deterministic photon-atom and photon-photon gates.
Speech Title: Photon-atom gates for hybrid quantum information processing
Prof. Sophia Economou
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Sophia Economou is an Associate Professor of Physics and the Hassinger Senior Fellow of Physics at Virginia Tech. She received her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, San Diego in 2006, after which she was a National Research Fellow at the Naval Research Lab, where she eventually held a Research Physicist staff position until 2015. In 2015, she moved to Virginia Tech as Associate Professor. Her present research interests are at the interface of quantum information science, condensed matter physics and quantum optics. She works on quantum computing, communication and simulation, spin qubits, nanophotonics, superconducting qubits, quantum control and decoherence.
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Prof. Simon Groeblacher
TU Delft, Netherlands
Simon Gröblacher is a faculty member of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology, where he has been since November 2014. He completed his masters degree and PhD at the University of Vienna, Austria, working with Markus Aspelmeyer and Anton Zeilinger on quantum communication protocols in higher dimensions, the role of locality and reality in nature and the control of mechanical oscillators using quantum optics tools. Simon then joined Oskar Painter’s group at Caltech as a Marie Curie fellow in 2011, where he focused on optomechanical effects in photonic crystal cavities. His group in Delft has since demonstrated some of the first quantum states of mechanical systems coupled to optics through the radiation pressure force. He has received several prestigious prizes and grants, including the Starting Grant of the European Research Council and a Vidi grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. His research has been published in journals including Nature, Science, Nature Physics and PRL, amongst others.
Speech Title: Comming soon
Dr. Thierry Lahaye
Institut D'Optique Graduate School, Université Paris-Saclay, CNRS, France
Thierry Lahaye (born 1979 in Toulouse, France) studied physics at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. He then studied for his PhD at Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, under the supervision of Jean Dalibard. In 2006 he joined Tilman Pfau’s group in Stuttgart, Germany, as a post-doctoral researcher, and there he worked on dipolar quantum gases. He was hired by CNRS as a permanent researcher in 2008, and since 2012 he has been in charge, at Institut d’Optique in Palaiseau, France, in Antoine Browaeys’ group, of quantum simulation experiments using arrays of individual Rydberg atoms.
Speech Title: Studying quantum many-body physics using Rydberg atom arrays
Prof. Tim Hugo Taminiau
QuTech and Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University, Netherlands
Speech Title: Coming soon