Kavli Foundation Workshops

Sensing the Future

Quantum Sensing
December 9 - 10, 2019

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Quantum sensing exploits quantum phenomena, e.g. the quantum coherence of small systems for ultrasensitive detection. Even though quantum sensors such as superconducting quantum interference devices and atomic clocks have existed since the 1960’s, recent developments in the science and technology of spin qubits, trapped ions, and nanomaterials have imparted a strong acceleration to this research field. Quantum sensing is now expected to contribute to solving realistic problems in research and industry in the near future. With the present workshop we will bring together experts, users, government and private funding agencies, as well as journal editors, to discuss the most recent progress and technological advances in the field of quantum sensing. Our goal will be twofold: on the short term, to help define what kind of fundamental and applied problems should be accessible to quantum sensing; and on a longer timescale, to assess what scientific bottlenecks will have to be overcome, and what new scientific expertise will have to be created, to allow quantum sensing to progress meaningfully beyond the present.

Featured speakers

Fredrik Fatemi, Branch Chief for Quantum Sciences, Army Research Laboratory
Robert Hamers, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Randall Hulet, Professor, Rice University
Holger Müller, Associate Professor, University of California at Berkeley
Francesco Narducci, Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
Markus Oberthaler, Professor, University of Heidelberg (Germany)
Friedemann Reinhard, Walter Schottky Institute, Technical University of Munich (Germany)
Jean-François Roch, ENS Paris-Saclay, Laboratoire Aimé Cotton (France)
James Shaffer, Senior Fellow, Quantum Valley Ideas Lab
Matt Trusheim, Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ronald Walsworth, Professor, University of Maryland; Senior Physicist, Smithsonian Institution
Andrew Weiner, Professor, Purdue University

Program Overview

Day 1 (Monday December 9)
8:00 AM Breakfast and Check-in
8:45 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 AM - 12:45 PM Session 1: Atoms as Sensors
2:00 PM – 5:45 PM Session 2: Materials, Color Centers
5:45 PM Reception and Poster Session
Day 2 (Tuesday December 10)
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 12:45 PM Session 3: More on Atoms, NV Centers, and Quantum Photonics
12:45 PM Final remarks + Lunch

Organizing Committee

Kaden Hazzard, Rice University | Randy Hulet, Rice University | Tom Killian, Rice University | Junichiro Kono, Rice University | Gururaj Viveka Naik, Rice University | Francesco Narducci, Naval Postgraduate School | Doug Natelson, Rice University | Daniel Stark, Halliburton | Augustine Urbas, Air Force Research Laboratory

Send inquiries to sci@rice.edu.