Photonics in quantum computing and quantum networking

Peter McMahon, Ph.D., Cornell University

May 11, 2021

About this webinar

This webinar with Peter McMahon, Ph.D., will describe how photonics plays a central role in several of the leading candidate technologies for building quantum computers and quantum networks. The webinar will discuss trapped ions, trapped neutral atoms, optically active defects and quantum dots in solid-state materials, and purely photonic approaches for realizing quantum processors.


The presenter will also talk about how superconducting circuits, which do not natively involve optics, can be coupled to photonics. The emphasis will be on giving a broad survey of the various photonics-related quantum technologies and the current state-of-the-art in each.

About the presenter

Peter McMahon, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of applied and engineering physics at Cornell University. His research lab investigates how to harness physical systems to perform computations more energy-efficiently or faster (or both) than conventional computers. He works on both classical and quantum computing with a variety of platforms, including photonics and superconducting circuits. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in electrical engineering and performed his postdoctoral work at Stanford in applied physics before moving to Cornell. McMahon is a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar in quantum information science and won a Google Quantum Research Award in 2019.

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