ECE Graduate Seminar Lecture: Quantum-Enabled Sensing and Communications by Jonathan Habif

Thursday, October 05, 2017
4:00 pm
Floor/Room #: 
AK 219

Title:

Quantum-Enabled Sensing and Communications

 

Abstract:

In the early 1980’s quantum computing and quantum key distribution were proposed as two applications that could capitalize on the non-classical properties of light and matter to assist in specialized information processing tasks.  In the intervening decades, few additional applications for non-classical light have been discovered, owing in large part to the fragility of non-classical states in the presence of loss and noise in realistic environments.  In this talk I present a suite of new applications that can be enabled with a deep understanding of the quantum properties of light, with a particular focus on understanding quantum mechanical states of light generated by classical sources (such as a laser).  Additionally, I will discuss the search for novel ways of detecting light to achieve quantum-limited performance for specialized tasks in sensing and communications.

This talk will be presented at a level accessible to an undergraduate student with deep interest in science and engineering.  Throughout the talk, I will discuss exciting opportunities for internships, graduate studies and future careers that intersect basic science and critically important topics in engineering.

 

Speaker:

Jonathan Habif

University of Southern California,
Information Sciences Institute (ISI)
 

Bio:

Dr. Jonathan L. Habif is an experimental physicist and research lead at the University of Southern California information Sciences Institute (ISI).  His research has focused on photon-starved, classical communication and imaging, quantum-secured optical communications in free-space and fiber, and integrated nano-photonic for both classical and non-classical applications.  Prior to joining ISI, Dr. Habif was with BBN technologies where he served as principal investigator for a number of DARPA-sponsored research programs, partnering with university collaborators to demonstrate revolutionary optical technologies impacting traditional communications, sensing and computation systems.

Dr. Habif earned a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in the field of superconducting quantum computing and continued this course of research as a postdoctoral associate at MIT.

Host: Professor John McNeill