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Plenary Event
Quantum West Plenary
30 January 2023 • 1:00 PM - 3:05 PM PST | Moscone Center, Room 207/215 (Level 2 South) 
Plenary Moderator

Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Quantum Science Laboratory, The University of Queensland (Australia)

1:00 PM: Welcome and award presentation
The 2022 IBM-SPIE HBCU Faculty Accelerator Award in Quantum Optics and Photonics is awarded to Wesley Sims, Morehouse College (United States)

1:05 PM: Quantum imaging overview

Miles J. Padgett FRS, University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)

Quantum science and technology are attracting world-wide attention due to the impacts they will have on computing and communications, which have no classical counterpart. However, quantum also impacts imaging and sensing. Leaving aside how new detection technologies can sense both single photons and measure their arrival time with pico-second precision, the quantum nature of light enables new types of imaging system, which again have no easy classical implementation.

This lecture will give a brief overview of the historical development of quantum imaging, focussing on how the photon pairs created through spontaneous parametric down-conversion lead to unusual imaging systems. Referring to the work from across the global community and some work of my own group we will consider which of these imaging approaches might be considered truly quantum and which might also have classical analogy. In all cases I will emphasise those system which seem to offer practical advantage over traditional approaches giving performance benefits in terms of resolution, signal to noise or wavelength coverage.

Miles Padgett is a Royal Society Research Professor and also holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, UK.

His research team covers all things optical, from the basic ways in which light behaves as it pushes and twists the world around us, to the application of new optical techniques in imaging and sensing. They are currently using the classical and quantum properties of light to explore: the laws of quantum physics in accelerating frames, microscopes that see through noise, shaped light that overcomes diffraction-limited resolution and endoscopes the width of a human hair.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (the UK's national academy), in addition to subject specialist societies including SPIE. He has won various national and international prizes including in 2017 the Max Born Award of Optica, in 2019 the Rumford Medal of the Royal Society and in 2021 the Quantum Electronics and Optics Prize of the European Physical Society. Since 2019 he has been identified by Web of Science as a globally highly-cited researcher.

Miles is currently the Principal Investigator of QuantIC, the UK's Centre of excellence for research, development and innovation in quantum enhanced imaging, bringing together eight UK Universities with more than 40 industry partners.

1:35 PM: Q&A

1:45 PM: Scalable photonic integrated circuits for quantum information applications

Matt Eichenfield, The University of Arizona (United States) and Sandia National Laboratories (United States)

Matt Eichenfield received his BSc in physics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2004, where he was the Honored Graduate for the College of Sciences. He received his MSc and PhD in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2007 and 2010, respectively. His doctoral thesis on cavity optomechanics in photonic and phononic crystals was awarded the Demetriades Prize for Best Caltech Thesis. After finishing his doctoral work, Eichenfield became the first Kavli Nanoscience Institute Prize Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech in 2010, where he continued work on nano-optomechanical systems and their application to the measurement of microwave frequency mechanical vibrations of oscillators in their quantum mechanical zero-energy states. He moved to Sandia National Laboratories in 2011 as a Harry S. Truman Fellow in National Security Science and Engineering, where he worked on piezoelectric actuation and detection of phonons in optomechanical systems, among other topics. He founded and built the MEMS-Enabled Quantum Systems group at Sandia from the ground up and has been the group leader since its inception. That group now has 20 full-time members, including five staff, six postdocs, and multiple technologists, graduate students, and undergraduate student interns. He is the SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences at the Wyant College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona.

2:15 PM: Q&A

2:25 PM: Will quantum technology save the world?: an Australian perspective

Catherine P. Foley, Australia’s Chief Scientist (Australia)

Cathy Foley became Australia's ninth Chief Scientist in January 2021 after a lengthy career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, where she was appointed as the agency’s Chief Scientist in August 2018. While working at CSIRO, Dr Foley made significant contributions to the understanding of nitride semiconductors and superconducting electronics. Dr. Foley and her team’s most successful application is the LANDTEM sensor system used to locate valuable deposits of minerals deep underground, such as nickel sulphide, silver and gold.

Dr. Foley’s scientific excellence and influential leadership have been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships, including being elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2020, being named an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2020 for service to research science and the advancement of women in physics, receiving the Clunies Ross Medal of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 2015, and receiving the Australian Institute of Physics Medal for Outstanding Service to Physics in 2016. She was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 2008. Dr. Foley’s previous roles include membership of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, President of the Australian Institute of Physics, President of Science and Technology Australia, Editor-in-Chief of Superconductor Science and Technology journal, and a council member for Questacon.

Dr. Foley is committed to helping Australia realise the transformative potential of critical technologies and meet the climate challenge. She is an inspiration to women in STEM across the globe and focused strongly on equality and diversity in the science sector.

2:55 PM: Q&A