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iOptics Seminar: Kejie Fang

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iOptics at Illinois
Beckman Institute Room 3269 (3rd Floor Tower Room)
Apr 27, 2023   11:00 am  
Kejie Fang, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Grainger College of Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
Benjamin Nussbaum
Originating Calendar
Beckman and Campus Calendars

Title: "Quantum nonlinear photonics with applications in quantum networking."

Interaction between individual photons forms the foundation of gate-based optical quantum computing among other quantum-enabled technologies. Quantum emitter-mediated photon interactions are fundamentally constrained by stringent operation conditions and the available photon wavelength and bandwidth, posing difficulty in upscaling and practical applications. It is a long-standing goal to realize interactions between individual photons using the more engineerable bulk optical nonlinearity, such as chi2 and chi3. Dr. Fang will describe the first observation of photon-photon interaction mediated by a virtual photon in an integrated photonic circuit with a substantial chi2 nonlinearity and the resulting quantum correlations of transported photons including photon repulsion and attraction. These results represent a significant leap in nonlinear optics and quantum photonics, transcending the longtime paradigm of parametric nonlinear processes and paving the way towards strongly interacting photons in bulk nonlinear systems. Moreover, Dr. Fang will talk about using such an integrated photonic platform with extreme nonlinearity for nonlinearity-enabled quantum network protocols.

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