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

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


Quantum-Enabled Sensing and Communications



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.



Jonathan Habif

University of Southern California,
Information Sciences Institute (ISI)


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