Quantum Information and Measurement (QIM) - IV: Quantum Technologies

05 April 2017 – 07 April 2017 Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

Quantum information science has changed the way we view information processing and quantum physics. It is a rapidly growing area of interest, attracting cutting-edge theoretical and experimental research worldwide, and it has given birth to a number of novel quantum technologies that promise dramatically improved performance in imaging, sensing, communication, simulation and computation. The conference topics will cover the latest in theoretical developments and experimental implementations of quantum information technology, including the advanced engineering needed to realize such technologies.   In addition to the conference's traditional focus on quantum optics and photonics, the fourth QIM conference will widen the scope of the meeting to include other platforms for quantum technologies, broadly construed, including topics such as solid state systems (superconductors, semi-conductors), atoms and ions (including gravity gradiometers and gyroscopes, and computing and simulation engines). 

  • Quantum information processing and computing
  • Quantum Simulation
  • Quantum communications
  • Precision quantum measurement and quantum metrology
  • Quantum sensors
  • Non-classical light sources and novel detectors
  • Ion Trap based quantum information
  • Superconducting circuits
  • Quantum optics of light-matter interactions
  • Gravitational sensors   
  • Quantum nanomechanics
  • Solid state based quantum information
Rainer Blatt, Leopold-Franzens Universitat InnsbruckAustriaQuantum Computations and Quantum Simulations with Trapped Ca+ Ions, Plenary

Jean Dalibard, College de FranceFranceQuantum Simulation: The Atomic Gas Approach, Plenary

Klaus Molmer, Aarhus UniversitetDenmarkThe Ichtyosaur in the Laboratory, Plenary

Roman Schnabel, Universität HamburgGermanySqueezed States of Light in Metrology, Sensing and Communication, Plenary

Michelle Simmons, University of New South WalesTitle to be announced , Plenary

Andreas Wallraff, ETH ZurichSwitzerlandTitle to be announced, Plenary

Patrice Bertet, Université Paris-SaclayMagnetic Resonance with Quantum Microwaves, Invited

Dmitry Budker, University of California BerkeleyUnited StatesLevel-crossing magnetometry with nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond, Invited

Carlton Caves, University of New MexicoUnited StatesWhy Quantum Measurement Theory?, Invited

James Colless, Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryUnited StatesImplementing a Variational Quantum Eigensolver using Superconducting Qubits, Invited

Animesh Datta, University of WarwickUnited KingdomQuantum limits of sensing and imaging: Fundamental science while developing technology, Invited

Eleni Diamanti, CNRSFrancePractical secure quantum communications, Invited

Andrew Dzurak, University of New South WalesAustraliaSpin-based quantum computing in a silicon CMOS-compatible platform, Invited

Jens Eisert, Dahlem Center for Complex Quantum SystemGermanyLearning much from little: New ideas about certifying quantum devices in the quantum technologies, Invited

Joseph Emerson, University of WaterlooCanadaOptimizing and Benchmarking Quantum Processors, Invited

Giulia Ferrini, Universität MainzGermanyContinuous-Variable Instantaneous Quantum Computing is hard to sample, Invited

Radim Filip, Palacky UniversityCzech RepublicHighly nonclassical quantum optics and optomechanics, Invited

Steve Flammia, University of SydneyComparing Experiments to the Fault-Tolerance Threshold, Invited

Tim Freegarde, University of SouthamptonUnited KingdomVelocimetry, cooling and rotation sensing by cold-atom matterwave interferometry, Invited

Philipp Hauke, University of InnsbruckRobustness of digital quantum simulators against Trotter errors, Invited

Steve Kolthammer, Imperial College LondonDistinguishability and Few-photon Interference, Invited

Paul Kwiat, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited StatesEfficient Optical Quantum Information Processing Via Time-Multiplexing, Invited

Loïc Lanco, University Paris DiderotFranceFew photon optical non-linearities and near optimal single photon source, Invited

Arnold Landragin, Observatoire de ParisGyroscopes, Invited

Peter Lodahl, University of CopenhagenDenmarkQuantum information processing with single photons, Invited

David Lucas, Univ of Oxford, Department of PhysicsHigh-fidelity elementary qubit operations with trapped ions, Invited

Mazyar Mirrahimi, QUANTIC – INRIA FranceDegeneracy-preserving parity measurements for fault-tolerant quantum error correction, Invited

Christoffer Moller, University of CopenhagenDenmarkQuantum back action evasion with a mechanical oscillator in a negative mass reference frame, Invited

John Morton, University College LondonUnited KingdomControl and measurement of bismuth donor spins in silicon, Invited

Olivier Pfister, University of VirginiaUnited StatesQuantum interferometry with photon-subtracted twin beams, Invited

Philip Richerme, Indiana UniversityUnited StatesInteracting Many-Body Spin Systems that Fail to Quantum Thermalize, Invited

Fabio Sciarrino, Univ degli Studi di Roma La SapienzaItalyExperimental non-locality in a quantum network, Invited

Gary Steele, Delft University of TechnologyExperiments with qubits, cavities, and mechanical resonators: Microkelvin cooling of a millimeter-sized membrane and ultra-strong coupling in circuit QED, Invited

Jin-Shi Xu, Univ of Science and Technology of ChinaChinaExperimental simulation of the exchange of Majorana zero modes, Invited

Magdalena Zych, University of QueenslandAustraliaTitle to be announced , Invited


Andrew JordanUniversity of Rochester, United States
Ian WalmsleyUniversity of Oxford, United Kingdom

Program Chair

Irfan SiddiqiUniversity of California Berkeley, United States
Nicolas TrepsUniversité Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, France


Janet AndersUniversity of Exeter
Konrad BanaszekUniwersytet Warszawski, Poland
Ania Bleszynski JayichUniversity of California Santa Barbara, United States
Kai BongsUniversität Hamburg, United Kingdom
Antoine BrowaeysInstitut d'Optique
Claude FabreUniversite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
Jonathan HomeETH Zurich
John HowellUniversity of Rochester, United States
Fedor JelezkoUniversitat Ulm, Germany
William OliverMassachusetts Inst of Tech Lincoln Lab, United States
Pascale SenellartCNRS-Laboratoire de Photonique et Nanost, France
Barbara TerhalRWTH Aachen University, Germany
Birgitta WhaleyUniversity of California Berkeley, United States
Lijian ZhangNanjing University, China
Conference Banquet
Wednesday, 5 April
7:30-10:00 PM
The dinner will be held on a boat cruising the Seine River: Le Louisiane Belle. We will be gathering at 7:00pm (at the conference center) and get on the boat by 7:30pm to head over to 17 Port de la Rapée - 75012 PARIS. This is at a walking distance from the conference center. Please click here for directions.

Rainer Blatt, Institute for Experimental Physics, Austria
Quantum Computations and Quantum Simulations with Trapped Ca+ Ions

In this talk, the basic toolbox of the Innsbruck quantum information processor based on a string of trapped Ca+ ions will be reviewed. The toolbox operations are employed for quantum computations and for quantum simulations, for example for quantum simulations of a lattice gauge field theory.

Bio: Rainer Blatt is Professor of experimental physics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and Scientific Director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). He has carried out trail-blazing experiments in the fields of precision spectroscopy, quantum metrology and quantum information processing. Blatt works with atoms caught in ion traps which he manipulates using laser beams. This work is based on suggestions made in the mid-1990s by theorists Ignacio Cirac and Peter Zoller. In 2004 Blatt’s research group succeeded for the first time in transferring the quantum information of one atom in a totally controlled manner onto another atom (teleportation). Two years later, his group already managed to entangle up to eight atoms in a controlled manner. Creating such a first “quantum byte” was a further step on the way towards a quantum computer. 2011 the team managed to push this record to 14 entangled atoms. Furthermore Rainer Blatt took important steps towards successful quantum error correction and the building of quantum simulators. He has received numerous awards for his achievements in the fields of quantum optics and meteorology. In 2012 the German Physical Society awarded him the Stern-Gerlach-Medaille. Together with Ignacio Cirac he won the 2009 Carl Zeiss Research Award. He also received a Humboldt Research Award (2013) and an ERC Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (2008). In 2013 the Australian Academy of Science announced Rainer Blatt as the 2013 Frew Fellow. In 2014 he was awarded the “Tiroler Landespreis für Wissenschaft 2014” (science award of the state of Tyrol) and in 2015 the Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and Their Applications Rainer Blatt is full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.


Jean Dalibard, Collège de France, France
Quantum Simulation: The Atomic Gas Approach

Following Feynman’s seminal proposal, cold atomic gases are now used to address “difficult” questions of condensed matter and statistical physics. In this talk I will discuss a few examples highlighting the requirements needed for such an analog quantum simulation, and outline some of the main challenges of this vast research field.

Bio: Jean Dalibard is professor at Collège de France and his research team, composed of approximately 20 members, is part of the Kastler Brossel laboratory. His current activity, at the interface between atomic and condensed matter physics, is devoted to various aspects of quantum gas physics: Low dimensional fluids, spinor gases, artificial gauge fields. Jean Dalibard has contributed to the development of methods for manipulating atoms with light, as well as to the general understanding of dissipative processes in quantum optics. He is a fellow of the OSA and he received the Max Born award in 2012.

Klaus Molmer, Aarhus University, Denmark
The Ichtyosaur in the Laboratory

In 1952, Schrödinger declared the mere idea of doing experiments with single quantum particles as absurd as the one of raising ichtyosauria in the Zoo. Single quantum systems now find applications in quantum information and quantum metrology, and in this talk, I shall review theoretical methods to describe, control and understand the behavior of these ichtyosauria in the quantum laboratory.

Bio: Klaus Mølmer obtained his phd on laser cooling theory in 1990 and has since 2000 been professor at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. His theoretical research is focused on atomic physics, quantum optics, and quantum information. He is one of the inventors of the stochastic wavefunction formalism, describing open, dissipative quantum systems and quantum systems subject to continuous measurements, and he has developed quantum information protocols for atomic and hybrid quantum system. 


Roman Schnabel, Institut für Laserphysik, Universität Hamburg, Germany
Squeezed States of Light
 in Metrology, Sensing and Communication

Squeezed states belong to the class of nonclassical states, which allow for enhancements of metrology, sensing and communication due to the correlations in their quantum uncertainties. This talk focuses on recent achievements in the generation and application of squeezed states in the optical regime.

Bio: Prof. Dr. Roman Schnabel graduated in plasma spectroscopy at the University of Hannover in 1999. After a short time as a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics he received a Feodor Lynen fellowship. In the group of Prof. Hans-Albert Bachor, at the Australian National University, he learnt how to squeeze the quantum noise of light. In 2003 he became a Juniorprofessor and in 2008 a Professor at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Since 2014 he is a Full Professor on nonlinear quantum optics at Hamburg University. R.S. has been member of the GEO600 Collaboration and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) since 2003 and 2005, respectively. Since 2013, he has been the Chair of the LSC Quantum Noise Working Group. He received The 2013 Joseph F. Keithley Award of the American Physical Society.

Michelle Simmons, Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology School of Physics The University of New South Wales, Australia
Title: TBD

Andreas Wallraff, Department of Physics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Title: TBD


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