Technical Conference:
13 – 18 May 2018
15 – 17 May 2018

Sources of Nonclassical Light and their Scalability

Symposium Organizers
Virginia Lorenz, University of Illinois, USA
Joshua Nunn, Oxford University, UK
Tracy Northup, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Ite A. Yu, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Nonclassical states of light possess unique properties that can only be described by quantum theory, and which find applications from quantum information to precision metrology to secure communication.  A textbook example is single-photon states, and much effort has been devoted to developing single-photon sources.  An ideal single photon source would generate (i) true single photons (ii) rapidly and on demand that are (iii) indistinguishable from both subsequent photons and photons from an identical source.  Recent experimental progress has resulted in bright, deterministic and highly indistinguishable sources that approach this ideal.  In parallel, there have been significant developments in sources for other types of nonclassical light, including squeezed light and entangled states.  These novel sources rely on advances in virtually all branches of optical science, from integrated optics and plasmonics to photonic crystals and nanomaterials.  Furthermore, the sources span multiple physical implementations, from nonlinear crystals to single atoms, ions, and molecules and atomic ensembles; from color centers in dielectrics to quantum dots in semiconductors; and, most recently, to optomechanical systems. This symposium will highlight the variety of present-day sources, the underlying technology and science that has made these advances possible, and the outstanding challenges in the field.

Invited Speakers

Maria Chekhova, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Photonic Crystal Fibers for Generating Three-photon States

Thomas Gerrits, NIST Boulder, USA
Utilizing Optical Transition Edge Sensors and Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors in Quantum Optics

Volkan Inlek, University of Maryland, USA
Entanglement of Quantum Memories by Interfering Distinguishable Photons

Paul Kwiat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Synchronized Spontaneous Downconversion Supplies Scalable Single-Photon Sources

Pascale Senellart, CNRS / Paris Sud University, France
Quantum Dot Based Devices for Scaling Up Optical Quantum Technologies

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