Quantum Optics Seminar by Jacques J. Carolan – University of Copenhagen

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Quantum Optics Seminar by Jacques J. Carolan

Large-scale Silicon-Based Quantum Photonic Processors 

Photons play a central role in many areas of quantum information science, either as qubit themselves or to mediate interactions between long-lived matter based qubits. Techniques for (1) high-fidelity generation, (2) precise manipulation and (3) ultra-efficient detection of quantum states of light are therefore a prerequisite for virtually all quantum technologies. A quantum photonics processor is the union of these three core technologies into a single system, and, bolstered by advances in integrated photonics, promises to be a versatile platform for quantum information science. In this talk we present recent progress towards large-scale silicon-based quantum photonic processors, leveraging the platform of silicon photonics which provides unrivalled performance in terms of component density, large-scale manufacturability and compatibility with CMOS electronics. We demonstrate protocols in quantum computing, quantum simulation, and classical deep learning; and point towards systems engineering challenges in scaling such systems up. These results demonstrate quantum photonic processors as both a versatile testbed for prototyping new linear optical protocols and as a route towards large-scale quantum information processing, pointing the way to applications across fundamental science and quantum technologies.