QCE20 Workshop on
Practical Quantum Sensing (PQS) from a Photonic and Atomic Physics Perspective


Date and Time

  • Thu, Oct 15, 2020
  • 10:45─16:45 Mountain Time (MDT) — UTC-6



Quantum sensing has recently moved from the laboratory into a more applied and practical domain. In particular, sensors that minimize classical noise sources to the point where photonic statistics and back action dominate the measurement signal to noise are becoming more common. This workshop will outline the methods, techniques, and fundamental physics behind quantum sensing from a photonics and AMO physics point of view, with special attention paid to the path to building quantum sensors that genuinely outperform classical devices from a signal to noise and resource cost point of view.


Building the best possible sensor, first

  • 10:45 — Animesh Datta, Quantum-enhanced optical sensing, University of Warwick
  • 11:15 — Scott Crooker, Optical spectroscopy of spin noise at and beyond the standard quantum limit, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 11:45 — Yong Meng Sua, Patrick Rehain, Shenyu Zhu, Daniel Tafone, Jeevanandha Ramanathan, Bharathwaj Muthuswamy and Yuping Huang, Noise Resilient Single Photon Detection Towards Practical Quantum Sensing Applications, Stevens Institute of Technology

Optimization of sensing modalities

  • 13:00 — Benjamin Lawrie, Toward a microscopic understanding of superconducting nanowire single photon detectors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • 13:30 — Ziqi Ma, Pranav Gokhale, Tian-Xing Zheng, Sisi Zhou, Xiaofei Yu, Liang Jiang, Peter Maurer and Fred Chong, Optimization of Quantum Circuits for Sensing, University of Chicago
  • 14:00 — Erik Eisenach, John Barry, Michael O’Keeffe, Matthew Steinecker, Jennifer Schloss, Dirk Englund and Danielle Braje, Microwave readout of a diamond sensor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and  MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Harnessing quantum effects in quantum sensors

  • 15:15 — Miller Eaton, Olivier Pfister, Heisenberg-Limited Interferometry with Quantum-Engineered Light, University of Virginia
  • 15:45 — Azure Hansen, Yun-Jhih Chen, John E. Kitching, William R. McGehee, Point-Source Atom Interferometry for Inertial Navigation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado
  • 16:15 — Raphael Pooser, Optomechanical quantum sensing with quantum noise reduction, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


For more information about the Practical Quantum Sensing (PQS) workshop, contact Raphael Pooser (pooserrc@ornl.gov).