A Quantum Technology Landscape

Monday, 20 June 2022
17:30 - 19:00


Prof Dana Z. AndersonColdQuanta, Inc. and The JILA Institute & Dept. of Physics, University of Colorado

Abstract:  The revolution promised by quantum computing sits on the horizon but in fact is just one of many ‘revolutions’ that will be enabled by quantum technologies.    Extracting quantum behavior typically means working with systems that are cold: a millionth of a degree above absolute zero temperature might seem terribly cold, but it is now routinely achieved with ensembles of atoms using laser cooling and related techniques. Clocks utilizing ultracold atoms have demonstrated performance that is more than 10,000 times more precise than today's world timekeepers.  Consider timekeeping as the harbinger of more quantum things to come --technology poised to impact timekeeping, sensing, communications, networking, in addition to computing. This talk centers specifically on quantum technology based on atoms, whose quantum character is being utilized in electromagnetic field detection (particularly RF), inertial sensing for navigation, and numerous other applications, not to mention new devices, such as the atomtronic transistor.  This talk will emphasize the critical need for microwave engineering to design and control these new quantum-enhanced circuits. One hears a lot about "quantum" these days: I will explain many of the commonly used terminology such as "superposition" and "entanglement" to describe what is meant by the phrase "quantum advantage" in practical terms.  

Biography: Prof. Dana Z. Anderson received in Ph.D. in quantum optics working under Prof, Marlan Scully. His thesis research centered on fundamental principles of ring laser gyroscopes. As a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech he carried out work on the prototype laser interferometer gravitational observatory (LIGO). He is currently a Fellow of the JILA Institute at the University of Colorado and a Professor of the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy and Engineering at the University. He is an applied physicist working in the areas of quantum optics, atomic physics, and precision measurement.  His research includes the development of atom based inertial sensors, quantum communications systems, quantum computing, quantum emulators, and atomtronics (the atom analog of electronics). Prof. Anderson has published over 100 refereed papers, holds several patents, and has received several awards including a Presidential Young Investigator award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, a Humboldt Research Award, the Optical Society of America's R.W. Wood Prize for his pioneering work on optical neural networks, the CO-LABS Governor's Award for foundational contributions ultracold matter technology, and the Willis Lamb Prize for Excellence in Quantum Optics and Electronics.
Prof. Anderson is also Founder and CTO of ColdQuanta, Inc., a company that develops and manufactures cold and ultracold matter-based quantum technology covering a broad spectrum of systems, from clocks to quantum computers, including a system currently operating on the International Space Station under NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) mission.