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Optica Quantum 2.0 Conference and Exhibition

18 June 2023 – 22 June 2023 Hyatt Regency Denver, Optica Quantum 2.0 Conference, Colorado United States



SC1 - Quantum Computing & Simulation
  • Quantum algorithms and software
  • Validation and error correction
  • Atomic qubits (neutrals and ions)
  • Spin and charge qubits in solid-state systems
  • Optical quantum dot qubits defined by impurities or other defects
  • Superconducting quantum circuitry
  • Optical- and microwave-controlled qubits
  • Optomechanical quantum systems
  • All-Optical quantum processing systems
  • Novel platforms and materials
SC2 – Quantum Communications
  • Quantum Internet
  • Quantum repeaters
  • Quantum optical memory
  • Quantum key distribution
  • Quantum-enabling networking technologies
  • New applications of quantum networks: e.g., quantum astrometry, quantum network sensing, distributed quantum computing
  • Free-Space entanglement distribution
  • Deep space communication
  • Quantum enhanced measurements (clocks and geodesy, gravitational waves, VLBI)
SC3 - Quantum Photonic Sources & Detectors
  • Discrete (single- and multi-photon) sources
  • Continuous-variable quantum optical sources 
  • Discrete and continuous-variable optical detectors
  • Theory of quantum detection & measurement
SC4 - Lasers, Optics, Integrated Photonics and Interconnects
  • All-optical (passive) implementations
  • Matter-Mediated (active) implementations
  • Lasers & optical frequency combs
  • Laser beam modulation and control
  • Photon detection electronics
  • Electronics and software for QIST control systems
  • Qubit transduction and interconversion
  • Photonic quantum frequency conversion
  • Quantum photon-device impedance matching
SC5 - Quantum Sensors, Metrology and New Scientific Horizons
  • Time crystals
  • Applications of QIST in high-energy physics
  • Applications of QIST in biology
  • Matter-Based quantum-enhanced sensors: e.g., magnetic and electric field sensors, gravimeters, accelerometers and clocks
  • Light-Based sensors: e.g., quantum-enhanced imaging, spectroscopy and ranging
SC6 - Quantum Ecosystems - Show Floor Programming Only
  • Applications of QIST in finance
  • Venture capital in QIST
  • QIST startups highlights



Optica Quantum 2.0 Conference and Exhibition
  • Alain Aspect, Institut d'OptiqueFrance
    From Einstein’s Doubts to Quantum Technologies: Entanglement in Action Keynote
  • Rainer Blatt, Leopold-Franzens-Universität InnsbruckAustria
    Ion-Trap Based Quantum Computing Keynote
  • John Clauser, retiredUnited States
    Proof that Nonlocal Quantum Entanglement is Real Keynote
  • Gerhard Rempe, Max-Planck-Institut fur QuantenoptikGermany
    Massively Entangled Photonic Graph States  Keynote
  • Michelle Simmons, Silicon Quantum ComputingAustralia
    Engineering Qubits in Silicon with Atomic Precision Keynote
  • Anton Zeilinger, Universitat WienAustria
    A Voyage through Quantum Wonderland And in Higher Dimensions Keynote
  • Mercedes Gimeno-Segovia, PsiQuantumUnited States
    Quantum Photonics Processing Tutorial
  • Ronald Hanson, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience DelftNetherlands
    The Quantum Internet: Concepts, Challenges and Progress Tutorial
  • Shruti Puri, Yale UniversityUnited States
    Fusion Based Quantum Error Correction: Concepts and New Developments Tutorial
  • Giulia Acconcia, Politecnico di MilanoItaly
    High Speed with High Performance SPADs: Architectures and Electronics Design Strategies
  • Daniel Blumenthal, University of California Santa BarbaraUnited States
    Visible Light Photonics for Atomic and Quantum Sensing and Computation
  • Philippe Bouyer, France
    Quantum Sensors for Mobile Gravimetry and Navigation
  • Antoine Browaeys, Institut d'OptiqueFrance
    Exploring Many Body Physics with Atoms in Tweezer Arrays
  • Sophia Economou, Virginia TechUnited States
    Protocols for Cluster State Generation Using Quantum Emitters
  • Jörn Epping, QuiX Quantum B.V.Netherlands
    Quantum Photonic Processors—Design, Development, and Applications
  • Andrei Faraon, California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Controlling Nuclear Spins with a Single Optically Addressable Rare-Earth Ion
  • David Leibrandt, University of California Los AngelesUnited States
    The Search for New Physics with Atoms and Molecules
  • Gerd Leuchs, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des LichtsGermany
    Mathematical Inseparability and Quantum Physical Entanglement
  • Peter Lodahl, University of CopenhagenDenmark
    Spin-photon Interfaces with Quantum Dots
  • Sae Woo Nam, National Inst of Standards & TechnologyUnited States
    From Dark to Light: A Retrospective Look at How Ultrasensitive Photon Sensors Can Be Used in Fundamental Physics Experiments
  • Armando Rastelli, Johannes Kepler Universität LinzAustria
    Highly Entangled Photons from Semiconductor Quantum Dots
  • Jelmer Renema, QuiX Quantum B.V.Netherlands
    Photonic Quantum Information Processing with Silicon Nitride Integrated Quantum Photonic Processors
  • Narayanan Rengaswamy, The University of ArizonaUnited States
    Quantum Error Correction based Entanglement Purification
  • Heike Riel, IBM, ZurichSwitzerland
    Super Conducting Platform
  • Martin Savage, University of WashingtonUnited States
    Toward Digital Quantum Simulations of Standard Model Physics - Some of Our Recent Results
  • Robert Schoelkopf, Yale UniversityUnited States
    A Better Superconducting Qubit: Erasure Detection and Error Correction in a Microwave Dual-Rail Encoding
  • Daniel Stick, Sandia National Labs
    Integrated Photonics for Trapped-ion Quantum Computing
  • Costanza Toninelli, Istituto Nazionale di OtticaItaly
    Organic Molecules in Photonic Quantum Technologies: Single Photon Sources and Nanoscale Sensors
  • Philipp Treutlein, Universitat BaselSwitzerland
    Strongly-Coupled Atom-Optomechanical System
  • Mankei Tsang, National University of SingaporeSingapore
    Quantum Enhanced Sensing of Incoherent Sources
  • Rupert Ursin, Quantum Technology Laboratory GmbHAustria
    200km Quantum Fiber Communication
  • Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford UniversityUnited States
    Scalable Quantum Photonic Systems
  • Richard Warburton, University of BaselSwitzerland
    A Bright Source of Coherent Single Photons Using a Quantum Dot in an Open Microcavity
  • Harald Weinfurter, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität MunchenGermany
    From Bell to Device Independent Secure Communication
  • Zhiliang Yuan, Beijing Academy of Quantum Info SciencesChina
    MDI-QKD vs TF-QKD: Overcoming the Repeaterless Bound
  • Zheshen Zhang, University of MichiganUnited States
    Continuous-Variable Distributed Quantum Sensing
  • Val Zwiller, Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan KistaSweden
    Generation, Manipulation and Detection of Single Photons


Program Committee

Eden Figueroa, SUNY Stony Brook University, USAChair
Ronald Holzwarth, Menlo Systems GmbH, GermanyChair
Hugues de Riedmatten,  ICFO - Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Spain, Program Chair
Sonika Johri, IonQ, Inc., USA, Program Chair

Quantum Computing

Thomas Monz, Alpine Quantum Technologies GmbH, Austria, Subcommittee Chair
Keisuke Fujii, Osaka University, Japan
Anna Grassellino, Fermilab, USA
Kathleen Hamilton, ORNL, USA
Giulia Semeghini, Harvard University, USA

Quantum Communications
Eleni Diamanti, CNRS and Sorbonne University, France, Subcommittee Chair
Joseph Lukens, Arizona State University, USA
Taofiq Paraiso, Toshiba, UK
Andreas Reiserer, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany
Janik Wolters, German Aerospace Center, Germany

Quantum Photonic, Sources & Detectors
Paul Kwiat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Nathalie de Leon, Princeton University, USA
Klaus Jöns, Paderborn University, Germany
Carmen Palacios-Berraquero, nu Quantum, UK
Nick Vamivakas, University of Rochester, USA

Lasers, Optics, Integrated Photonics and Interconnects
Matt Eichenfield, University of Arizona, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Garrett Cole, Thorlabs, USA
Marina Radulaski, University of California, Davis, USA

Quantum Sensors, Metrology and New Scientific Horizons
Brian Smith, University of Oregon, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Murray Holland, JILA, USA
Hidetoshi Katori, University of Tokyo, Japan
Peter Rosenbusch, Exail, France

Quantum Ecosystems (Show Floor Programming)
Yuping Huang, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Christophe Jurczak, Quantonation, France
Araceli Venegas-Gomez, Qureca, UK



Special Events

Welcome Happy Hour

Sunday, 18 June 17:00 – 18:00
Centennial Foyer

Say hello to old and new colleagues before kicking off the week.


Speed Networking in the Quantum World

Monday, 19 June 12:15 – 13:15
Agate Room

The Optica Technical Group on Applied Spectroscopy invites anyone interested in quantum and spectroscopy technologies to join them for a fun networking lunch on Monday. The event will start with a round of speed networking, allowing attendees to connect one-on-one in short meetings. We will then break for lunch, and attendees will have a chance to chat freely with colleagues.

Please RSVP to let us know you will be attending.


Tech Talk: Cryptocurrency Mining With Quantum Computers

Tuesday, 20 June 14:30 – 15:30
Exhibit Hall, Optica Booth 105

Recently quantum computers have started to rival the existing classical supercomputers in completing computationally hard tasks. Despite a handful of demos, available noisy intermediate scale quantum computers are looking for practical applications. Public cryptocurrency blockchains, such as Bitcoin, maintain an immutable, decentralized ledger of electronic transactions. To add a new block, one needs to win a competition in solving a computationally difficult cryptographic task, termed as Proof of Work (PoW). Here we demonstrate a quantum PoW (qPoW) protocol that can be accelerated with available quantum computers while maintaining all the required security properties.

  • Mikhail Shalaginov, Co-Founder, 2Pi Optics , USA
End User Workshop

Tuesday, 20 June 16:00 – 18:30
Mineral DE

At the Optica End-User Workshop, speakers will be playing the roles of “end-users.” They will present their unmet needs necessary for their next steps of development. In a very interactive session moderated by Optica CTO Jose Pozo, the participants will explore some room for collaboration.

The Optica End-User workshop is attended primarily by industry representatives. The participant list will be circulated shortly before the meeting. Most of the companies will attend with either their CTO, Business Development Manager or Director of R&D.

Separate registration required.

Please RSVP and receive a detailed schedule. >


Conference Reception

Tuesday, 20 June 18:00 – 19:30

Enjoy food and drinks with your friends and colleagues during the conference reception.


Tech Talk: Entangled Quantum Cellular Automata, Physical Complexity and Goldilocks Rules

Wednesday, 21 June 11:00 – 12:00
Exhibit Hall, Optica Booth 105

Meet with quantum experts for 30-minute conversations on publications, technologies, professional journeys, industry trends and more. Tech Talks are a great way to get an overview of trending topics in quantum and to learn what those buzz words really mean. 

  • Lincoln Carr, Colorado School of Mines , USA


Tech Talk: Patents for Quantum-Related Inventions

Wednesday, 21 June 12:15 – 13:15
Exhibit Hall, Optica Booth 105

Meet with quantum experts for 30-minute conversations on publications, technologies, professional journeys, industry trends and more. Tech Talks are a great way to get an overview of trending topics in quantum and to learn what those buzz words really mean. 

  • Douglas Link , Cozen O'Connor, USA
  • Dan Farkas, Cozen O'Connor, USA


Tech Talk: Recent Advances in NISQ Quantum Optimization

Wednesday, 21 June 15:00 – 16:00
Exhibit Hall, Optica Booth 105

Quantum optimization algorithms, such as QAOA, that implement parametrized stochastic optimization solvers attempt to identify low-energy solutions of Ising systems by exploiting available quantum effects in noisy-intermediate scale machines. In the NISQ era, engineering a well-performing parametrized quantum optimization circuit is indeed an exercise in balancing the trade-off between expressivity and implementation complexity. We discuss recent designs of hybrid variational quantum optimization algorithm and also discuss practical performance evaluation methods that include parameter setting strategy performance, showing results for experimental runs in superconducting chips in a regime beyond classical simulation (more than 50 qubits).

  • Davide Venturelli , Research Institute of Advanced Computer Science, Universities Space Research Association, USA


Meet and Greet: Optica Quantum Editor-in-Chief

Thursday, 22 June 10:00 – 11:00
Optica Booth 105

Stop by the Optica Booth to have a pastry and learn more about Optica Quantum, Optica Publishing Group’s newest journal (launching in September 2023). Dedicated to high-impact results in quantum information science and technology enabled by optics and photonics, Optica Quantum is now open for submissions.

Speak with Michael G. Raymer, Editor-in-Chief, about the Journal’s acceptance criteria, becoming a reviewer and more. All attendees are welcome!


Tech Talk: Quantum Network Test Beds and New Applications They Enable

Thursday, 22 June 11:30 – 12:30
Exhibit Hall, Optica Booth 105

A survey of quantum networking testbeds across the world and the technologies being deployed. Highlights of recent advances in multi-node quantum networks and a review of recently demonstrated quantum network enabled applications beyond QKD. I will review Quanet, the recently announced DARPA program, that looks to explore new quantum enabled features in existing classical networks.

  • Robert Broberg , University of Pennsylvania, USA


Tech Talk: Quantum Systems Will Change the World (Again), But Not Without Lasers and Photonics

Thursday, 22 June 13:30 – 14:30
Exhibit Hall, Optica Booth 105

When systems are engineered to relay or extend “quantum weirdness” from the nanoscopic scale of atoms to the macroscopic scale of humans amazing things can happen. Twentieth-century quantum systems (the transistor and the laser) ushered in the computer age and the information age, which changed the world.  Twenty-first century quantum systems are just emerging, and the disruptive potential is equally tantalizing: Sensors that can see through walls, GPS-denied navigation, computers that scale differently than Moore’s law, truly secure communications and more. Almost all of these emergent quantum systems require lasers and photonics, representing both an opportunity and a challenge.  In this talk I will discuss the complexity of the needed lasers-for-quantum, present the technical and economic landscape and pose possible paths forward for how lasers and photonics can usher in a new quantum age.

  • Scott Davis , CEO & Co-Founder, Vescent Photonics, LLC, USA


Closing Toast

Thursday, 22 June 18:00 – 19:00
Centennial Foyer

The conference concludes with a toast. It is a time to reflect on the week and discuss learnings with fellow attendees.


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