"Quantum Communication: From Unconditionally Secure Cryptography to the Quantum Internet"

Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:00 PM

Location: LTS Auditorium, 8080 Greenmead Drive

Edo Waks
UMD Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Joint Quantum Institute

The field of quantum communication has seen significant advances over the past two decades. Quantum cryptography has moved from primitive proof-of-concept demonstrations to commercially available systems. Simultaneously, new ideas in quantum networking are opening up the potential for a quantum internet composed of nodes that transmit and process quantum information over long distances.

Such a quantum network would possess networking capabilities that cannot be reproduced by classical networks. Quantum networking is a rapidly evolving field that will require both advances in technology and new theoretical ideas and network protocols.

In this talk, I will give an overview of quantum communication and its various applications in the field of secure communication. I will also present our recent work on implementing quantum communication systems using semiconductor nanophotonic devices, and conclude by describing our efforts to develop practical quantum networks.

Edo Waks is a professor in the UMD Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also a member of the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a collaborative effort between UMD and NIST.

Waks's work focuses on coherent control and manipulation semiconductor quantum dots, and their interactions with photonic crystal devices for creating strong atom-photon interactions.

He is a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and an Army Research Office Young Investigator Award.

Waks received his B.S. and M.S. from Johns Hopkins University, and his doctorate from Stanford University.