Workshop - Quantum technologies: Where are we at?

20 – 21 April 2022
Virtual Event - Eastern Daylight/Summer Time (UTC - 04:00)

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Wednesday, 20 April  -  Thursday, 21 April

 20 April 2022 ALL TIMES ARE EDT, UTC-04:00. Click the session time to convert to your local time zone.
09:45 - 10:00 Welcome Remarks & Opening Comments
10:00 - 10:45

Keynote: 

The path to quantum upgrading the Internet

The Quantum Internet is a broadly-used term gaining popularity in recent years, to refer to a future when the internet can bring to its users a new kind of service: quantum communications. This new service will enable end users connected to the internet to transmit packets of qubits (or, quantum bits) reliably, at high rates, while serving multiple applications as they come and go. Many of these applications that will run on the quantum internet cannot be supported on today’s internet, i.e., without that new service of quantum communications. This includes entanglement-enhanced sensor networks, provably-private access to quantum computing on the cloud, secure communications with physics-based security guarantees, and more. Upgrading the internet to carry qubits reliably and at high rates will require some major scientific and engineering innovations. This talk will discuss the highly interdisciplinary research underway at the NSF-ERC Center for Quantum Networks, and across the world, to enable these innovations, and the most important challenges that lie ahead.

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10:45 - 12:15

Session 1: Quantum Computing and Communications Markets and Landscape

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12:15 - 12:30 BREAK
12:30 - 14:00

Session 2: System Requirements

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14:00 - 14:30

Meet the Speakers -  Session 1: Quantum Computing and Communications Markets and Landscape

Meet the Speakers - Session 2: System Requirements

14:30 - 14:45 Day 1 Wrap Up
21 April 2022 ALL TIMES ARE EDT, UTC-04:00. Click the session time to convert to your local time zone.
09:45 - 10:00 Welcome Remarks & Opening Comments
10:00 - 10:30

Keynote: 

Commercialization of Quantum Networking

This talk will review the commercial progress of quantum technology, particularly for applications involving various aspects and approaches to quantum networking. It will discuss the ongoing efforts to move scientific developments to commercial use, how far we have to go, and what is still needed to get to broader adoption. In addition to the wider view of quantum technology, it will also address the topic with regard to solutions potentially utilizing integrated photonics.

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Tom Hausken, Optica

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10:30 - 12:00

Session 3: Progress in Integrated Photonics Devices

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12:00 - 13:00

Session 4: Materials, Processing, and Packaging Needs

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13:00 - 13:30

Meet the Speakers -  Session 3: Progress in Integrated Photonic Devices

Meet the Speakers - Session 4: Materials, Processing, and Packaging Needs

13:30 - 13:45

Workshop Wrap-up

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Keynote 1: 

  • Saikat Guha, University of Arizona

 

Session 1:  Quantum Computing and Communications Markets and Landscape

  • Angela Hodge, NASA
  • Hannes Hübel, OpenQKD
  • Andrew Lord, BT

What are the range of applications of novel optical communications networks, from interconnects for very-short-reach quantum computing cores to quantum networking in longer haul terrestrial networks and satellite networks?  The very short reach applications will be essential for useful fault-tolerant quantum computing, while the longer distance networks have already been used to demonstrate applications for quantum key distribution.  How soon will they carry revenue-generating traffic?  What are the requirements of each?  Are there some that they share?  What are the obstacles?  Who are the players?

Session 2:  System Requirements

  • Hamid Hemmati, Viasat
  • Bruno Huttner, ID Quantique
  • Andrew Shields, Toshiba
  • Reza Nejabati, Bristol

Many quantum applications have been demonstrated in the lab, while commercial products are still years away, or if they do exist in the market, they await wider adoption. There is a lot of talk about being ahead or behind in quantum technology, but what does that mean at this early stage?  Where are the pain points for these new forms of communications?  Are there “gaps” in the technology that remain to be overcome?  Where does integrated photonics promise to fill a gap, or at least offer an alternative solution?  What other technologies—optical or otherwise—are critical to commercialization?

 Meet the Speakers - Session 1:  Quantum Computing and Communications Markets and Landscape

  • Angela Hodge, NASA
  • Hannes Hübel, OpenQKD
  • Andrew Lord, BT

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 Meet the Speakers - Session 2:  System Requirements

  • Hamid Himenti, Viasat
  • Bruno Huttner, ID Quantique
  • Andrew Shields, Toshiba
  • Reza Nejabati, Bristol

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Keynote 2: 

Mark Wippich, Make Photonics Work
 

Session 3:  Progress in Integrated Photonic Devices

  • Mercedes Gimeno-Segovia, PsiQuantum
  • Chi Xiong, IBM
  • Zach Vernon, Xanadu

This session will provide an opportunity for integrated photonics developers to demonstrate their progress in quantum computing and communications.  The session will address:  Where is the R&D and start-up community in developing integrated photonic solutions today?  Who is funding development, and for which applications?  How far along is the development?

Session 4:  Materials, Processing, and Packaging Needs

  • Michael Geiselmann, Ligentec
  • Dave Gomez, X-Celeprint
  • Gene Kuntz, Montana Instruments
  • Christian Reimer, Hyperlight Corp.
  • Cheri Sorace-Agaskar, Lincoln Labs

Quantum photonics requires the development of novel materials and processes, for devices that often need to operate in extreme environments such as cryogenic chambers. System size, weight, power consumption and high reliability are also critical, especially for satellite-based networks. This session will address many of these challenges, investigating existing and future material, manufacturing processes and other essential engineering requirements required to develop devices for quantum and satellite systems.

Meet the Speakers -  Session 3: Progress in Integrated Photonic Devices

  • Mercedes Gimeno-Segovia, PsiQuantum
  • Chi Xiong, IBM
  • Zach Vernon, Xanadu

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Meet the Speakers - Session 4: Materials, Processing, and Packaging Needs 

  • Michael Geiselmann, Ligentec
  • Dave Gomez, X-Celeprint
  • Prashanta Kharel, Hyperlight
  • Gene Kuntz, Montana Instruments
  • Cheri Sorace-Agaskar, Lincoln Labs

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Workshop Wrap-up

This final session of the day will solicit perspectives from speakers and attendees on the key takeaways of the day.