Duke University | Pratt School of Engineering


The organizing committee is pleased to invite you to the first Workshop for Quantum Repeaters and Networks, to be held at the historic Asilomar Conference Grounds in beautiful Pacific Grove, CA, May 15-17, 2015.

The 1998 proposal introducing a quantum repeater resulted in high-profile efforts on vital components needed to establish a multi-node quantum network. Quantum repeaters utilize quantum entanglement, quantum memories, techniques for suppressing quantum errors and quantum teleportation to dramatically enhance both the reach and bit rate of quantum communication. Various experimental schemes have been proposed and components developed, and early experimental efforts are working towards the realization of a quantum repeater. Despite the progress, significant challenges remain, first in proof-of-principle demonstrations and then in the development of practical systems adequate for deployment in the field.

The goal of this workshop is to bring the active research community together to discuss the progress, challenges and new possible directions for quantum repeaters and networks. We invite researchers working on key enabling technologies and system integration, protocols for connecting repeaters across network links with high fidelity, architectures for large-scale networks, and applications of distributed quantum entanglement.

In order to accomplish the goals of the workshop, we will pursue a meeting format that is somewhat different from a more traditional workshop, where most of the schedule is occupied with talks. On the first day of the workshop, three technical sessions are planned that are dominated by discussions, with some introductory overview, to share the current status and brainstorm about challenges in this research topic area as a community. We will have discussion leaders and panelists who will broadly summarize the current status and pose some initial topics for discussions, and will spend the bulk of the first day in open (yet structured) discussions. On the second day, we will delve into the status of key technologies in more detail, and discuss the challenges we face as a community in achieving functional networks. As such, the workshop will include short, focused presentations but not traditional conference talks. Active participation by all attendees is absolutely essential to the success of the workshop.

Partial List of Participants:

  • Mikael Afzelius (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Stephanie Barz (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Simon Benjamin (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Rainer Blatt (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Tom Chapuran (Applied Communication Sciences, USA)
  • Animesh Datta (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Gabriel Durkin (NASA Ames, USA)
  • Chip Elliott (BBN, USA)
  • Dirk Englund (MIT, USA)
  • Andrei Faraon (Caltech, USA)
  • Dave Farber (CMU/UPenn/Stevens/Udel, USA)
  • Joe Fitzsimons (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Thomas Gerrits (NIST, USA)
  • Saikat Guha (BBN, USA)
  • Yoon-Ho Kim (POSTECH, Korea)
  • Paul Kwiat (University of Illinois, USA)
  • Dieter Meschede (U. Bonn, Germany)
  • Bill Munro (NTT, Japan)
  • Kae Nemoto (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
  • Jeremy O'Brien (University of Bristol, UK)
  • Geoff Pryde (Griffith University, Australia)
  • Tim Ralph (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Mark Saffman (University of Wisconsin, USA)
  • Matt Sellars (Australian National University, Australia)
  • Charles Santori (HP Labs, USA)
  • Pascale Senellart (CNRS, France)
  • Alexander Sergienko (Boston University, USA)
  • Andrew Shields (Toshiba, UK)
  • Glenn Solomon (JQI/NIST, USA)
  • Kartik Srinivasan (NIST, USA)
  • Peter van Loock (University of Mainz, Germany)
  • Carl Williams (JQI/NIST, USA)
  • Organizers:

    • Liang Jiang (Yale University, USA)
    • Jungsang Kim (Duke University, USA)
    • Thaddeus Ladd (HRL Laboratories, LLC, USA)
    • Ping Koy Lam (Australian National University, Australia)
    • Norbert Lutkenhaus (Waterloo University, Canada)
    • Tracy Northup (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
    • Qudsia Quraishi (Army Research Laboratory, USA)
    • Rob Thew (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
    • Wolfgang Tittel (University of Calgary, Canada)
    • Rodney Van Meter (Keio University, Japan)