The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST) in the Context of Optical Communications

Monday, March 9, 2020
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Room number: 6C


Shayan Mookherjea, University of California San Diego, USA; Paul Kwiat, University of Illinois, USA; Alexander Gaeta, Columbia University, USA


Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST) involves multiple fields of science and engineering including communications, computation, metrology and sensing. Photonics plays a major role in QIST hardware and systems, and basic concepts from optical communications and information processing underpin many experiments and applications of QIST. However, significant challenges exist in understanding the fundamental limits of devices and systems, and in building and gaining benefit from practical and reliable optical quantum technologies.

The goal of this symposium will be to explore and highlight the importance of QIST and its impact and relevance with optical communications and future efforts in quantum computing, communications and sensing. The U.S. National Quantum Initiative (NQI), alongside other collaborative efforts around the world, is pointing the way to collaborations among academia, industry and government agencies for translating QIST advances into practical benefits.

The first part of the session will focus on hardware and device aspects of QIST, and their applications in communications, information technology and related areas. Topics include recent advances in sources and detectors, optically-addressed and/or controlled qubit platforms, QIST-based sensors, and transduction approaches.

The second part of the session will focus on the architecture and systems aspects of QIST as related to optics, communications and related disciplines. This session covers topics such as advances in free-space and fiber optical communications based on QIST including quantum-key distribution, quantum-error detection and correction, systems and experiments for quantum simulation and analog information processing using photons, and the roadmap towards networks of quantum devices and eventually, a quantum internet.


Part 1: Quantum Information Science and Technology: Devices and Applications

Part 2: Quantum Information Science and Technology: Systems, Architecture, and Scalability



Hoi-Kwong Lo; University of Toronto, Canada
Scalable Measurement-device-independent Quantum Key Distribution Networks with Untrusted Relays

Michael Raymer; University of Oregon, USA
The Enabling Role of Optics and Photonics in the National Quantum Initiative

Joshua Bienfang; NIST, USA  
Pushing the Count-rate and Efficiency Limits of Single-photon Avalanche Diodes with RF Interferometry

Matthew Shaw; Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors for Deep Space Optical Communication and Quantum Information Science

Christine Silberhorn; University of Paderborn, Germany
Multi-dimensional Quantum Systems Based on Integrated Optics and Pulsed Light

Jungsang Kim; Duke University, USA

Wolfgang Tittel; TU Delft, Netherlands
Quantum Memory for Light – The Second Life of Rare-earth Crystals

Jelena Vuckovic; Stanford University, USA
Optimized Quantum Photonics

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