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Physics Program presents

Quantum Optical Engineering

Friday, November 22, 2013

A lecture by Joseph Kerckhoff, candidate for the position in Physics

Researchers are rapidly improving their abilities to manipulate electromagnetism and matter at the quantum level. Applications may exploit the extreme sensitivity, information capacity and/or low energies of quantum electromagnetic systems, but to be useful these technologies will also have to be robust and flexible. Moreover, in order to engineer quantum electromagnetic systems, we will need intuitive modeling techniques capable of describing these complex systems. In short, we need quantum generalizations of electrical engineering techniques.
I will describe some recent efforts that take a stab at developing an engineering perspective on quantum optics, both experimentally and theoretically. Questions at the center of this work include: can we design one quantum optical device to control another? And to what end? How might this approach be different from a classical system controlling a quantum one? Electrical circuits would be intractable without Kirchhoff's laws and can we analyze a quantum network in some analogous way?

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium