Save the dates: 27 January - 1 February 2024
Industry Event
Quantum West: Quantum Demonstrators
1 February 2023 • 3:45 PM - 5:25 PM PST | Moscone Center, Quantum Stage, Hall A Lobby (Exhibit Level South) 

3:45 - 3:55 PM:
Welcome and Introduction

Sara Diegoli
Sara Diegoli
Quantum Programmes Director
Anchored In, Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Sara Diegoli is an experienced technology and innovation executive, who has spent the last fifteen years working at the interface of technology and business. She has a proven track record in management of large research and innovation programmes, business development, marketing, and communication. Before joining Anchored In, Sara was Director of QuantIC, The UK Quantum Technology Hub in Imaging. In this role, she was responsible for leading the team that developed and delivered world-leading research and innovation in quantum imaging.

3:55 - 4:10 PM:
Quantinuum’s trapped ion quantum computer: architecture and quantum error correction

Lora Nugent
Lora Nugent
Senior R&D Manager, Lasers, Optics and Photonics
Quantinuum LLC (United States)
Quantinuum’s trapped ion quantum computer utilizes a unique QCCD architecture (quantum charge coupled device). This allows for maximum flexibility in algorithmic design by employing short chains of ions, mid-circuit measurement and all to all qubit connectivity. These features are necessary for demonstrations of quantum error correction on QTM’s H1 series hardware, paving a path for fault tolerant quantum computing.

Lora Nugent currently leads a group of scientists and engineers who design and build optical systems for Quantinuum’s trapped ion quantum computers. Before joining QTM in 2017, she worked in academic and government labs building laser and optical systems for a range of research projects, from biophysics (optical tweezers) to atmospheric (spectroscopy with frequency combs) applications. Lora has a PhD from the University of Colorado in physical chemistry.

4:10 - 4:25 PM:
The Path to Practical Entanglement Distribution

Mehdi Namazi
Mehdi Namazi
Co-founder and Chief Science Officer
Qunnect Inc. (United States)
As we witness the rapid growth of quantum information technologies for processing, sensing and secure communicating, the need for distributing quantum entanglement is more evident than ever. This, however, has been proven to be a hard task, primarily due to the very fragile nature of quantum particles faced with interfacing to the harsh real-life conditions at a macroscopic level. Qunnect’s mission is to bridge this gap by developing hardware and protocols that allow for the realistic distribution of entanglement using the current telecom infrastructure.

Mehdi Namazi is the cofounder and Chief Science Officer of Qunnect Inc. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Physics from Stony Brook University. During his Ph.D., Mehdi worked on several aspects of room temperature quantum communication and computation technologies. In 2018, Mehdi was awarded the Yale Joint Quantum Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on novel quantum opto-mechanical systems. As Qunnect’s CSO, he currently leads a team of scientists and engineers with a focus on developing the product suite necessary for long-distance quantum communication embedded in telecom fiber networks.

4:25 - 4:40 PM:
The "Quest" for Quantum 2.0: A peek inside the engineering of the ORCA-Quest quantitative CMOS camera and its potential role in quantum technologies

Stephanie Fullerton
Stephanie Fullerton
Manager, Camera Products
Hamamatsu Corp. (United States)
What if Quantum 2.0 is like a fractal? Imagine that to achieve the vision of applied Quantum technologies that “solve entirely new problems and provide unique capabilities to large-scale systems” each technological subset contributing to this goal will also need to solve entirely new problems and provide unique capabilities. The development of Hamamatsu’s ORCA-Quest quantitative CMOS (qCMOS) camera with photon number resolving capabilities exactly follows this pattern. This presentation will provide an overview of the visionary engineering efforts that drove this revolutionary new imaging technology, including some of the most significant challenges and briefly highlight the Quantum applications that are using the ORCA-Quest to make Quantum 2.0 a reality.

Stephanie Fullerton has over twenty years of experience in scientific imaging ranging from technical sales to strategic product development. As part of the team that first brought scientific CMOS to the forefront of imaging, Stephanie was instrumental in communicating the idea that CMOS cameras could effectively replace EMCCDs in low light, computational imaging modalities. Stephanie continues to apply her research background and storytelling mindset to create awareness, understanding and curiosity around Hamamatsu’s advanced imaging technologies. Stephanie graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Biochemistry and holds a Ph.D. from Duke University in Neurobiology.

4:40 - 4:55 PM:
Low-loss fully programmable quantum photonic processors

Devin Smith
Devin H. Smith
Chief Technology Officer
QuiX Quantum BV (Netherlands)
QuiX Quantum’s first product, the QPP, is a fully-reconfigurable n-port multimode interferometer. While in principle such a device is simple, ensuring that the configuration is accurate and the losses are low are technical challenges that are difficult to overcome. I will describe the problems that bely the simplicity of the device, and our approach to solving them, as well as some of the diverse use cases that have been found in the field.

4:55 - 5:10 PM:
Rugged and fieldable fiber frequency combs for enabling quantum applications

Henry Timmers
Henry Timmers
Staff Scientist
Vescent Photonics, LLC (United States)
Optical atomic clocks are an emerging technology that has the potential to herald unprecedented timing accuracy for navigation. One key laser system required in optical clocks are optical frequency combs. A fieldable, low-SWaP, low-noise fiber frequency comb is demonstrated that can operate in harsh field conditions including large ambient temperature changes and the presence of shocks and vibrations. Such a system will enable the transition of quantum technologies from laboratory demonstrations to field deployed applications.

Henry Timmers has extensive experience in the fields of ultrafast science and frequency comb metrology. During his graduate work at the University of Arizona and his post-doc at UC Berkeley, Dr. Timmers used attosecond extreme ultraviolet pulses to study entangled electron and nuclear dynamics in molecules. He then transitioned to an NRC position in the NIST Time & Frequency division where he employed his expertise in ultrafast science to develop few-cycle, frequency combs to generate bright and broadband mid-infrared lasers that were applied to trace gas sensing and hyperspectral microscopy. At Vescent, he is working as a staff scientist to develop high-performance, low-cost frequency comb and ultra-narrow-linewidth laser solutions.

5:10 - 5:25 PM:
Operational utilization of quantum gravity sensors

Peter Rosenbusch
Peter Rosenbusch
Head of Quantum Gravimeters
exail Quantum Sensors (France)
In 2015 Exail, formerly Muquans, launched on the market place the first industrial gravimeter based on quantum manipulation of laser-cooled atoms. Cutting-edge development had brought the required technologies to the appropriate level of robustness and autonomy as to sustain field-deployment. One technology brick are frequency-doubled telecom lasers for the cooling and interrogation of Rb atoms. In this talk we will present recent advances including a 9-months campaign on Mt Etna, Sicily, an active volcano. We will furthermore describe our on-going research for next generation gravity sensors.

Following studies in the UK and Germany, Peter Rosenbusch obtained his PhD in physics in 2001. After 2 years with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, laureate of the 1997 Nobel Prize, he became a permanent researcher at the Observatoire de Paris running one of the world-best atomic clocks and directing his own team for quantum physics research. In 2016 he joined an industrial global player to push the technical frontiers of wind turbines. Further industry experiences on LIDAR and quantum computers led him to the development of field-deployable quantum sensors. Today he heads the world-only industrial team offering sensors based on laser-cooled atoms.