LASER WoP Talk No. 1—Quantum Computing

Until the next LASER World of PHOTONICS in Munich, we will facilitate knowledge exchange and communication in the industry through a new webinar series: The series will start on March 3, 2021 at 11:00 CET with the topic of quantum technology and will be streamed live free of charge.

This will be an English-speaking event.


This webinar is designed for anyone interested in quantum computing, such as business executives who want to learn how, where, and when quantum computing might be used in their organization, or IT professionals looking for a basic introduction to quantum computing.

Dr. Thomas Monz: From photons, via lasers, to quantum computing

Industry as well as consumers embrace lasers and photonics, ranging in areas from communication to medicine and diagnostics to sensors - essentially almost every aspect of our daily lives. Starting about two decades ago, photonics also has been building the foundation for quantum technologies - in particular quantum computing. This presentation will briefly start with some of the concepts of quantum physics, and then provide an overview of the state-of-the-art quantum computers building upon the manipulation of single atoms and ions. First examples of integrated waveguides in quantum processors will be presented that can be readily scaled up to realize telecom-compatible single-photon based network cards that will soon connect quantum computers over tens of kilometers of fibers.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Filipp: Quantum Computing with Superconducting Qubits

Quantum computers have the potential to outperform conventional computers in solving certain types of problems such as the computation of complex molecular systems. Because of their relatively long coherence times and scalable fabrication methods superconducting quantum circuits are a promising candidate to realize such a quantum computing platform. This presentation will highlight recent developments in the control of superconducting qubits using photon pulses at microwave frequencies and discuss current state-of-the-art superconducting qubit platforms.

Moderator: Elisa Bäumer

Elisa Bäumer a is a PhD student in the quantum information theory group of Prof. Renato Renner at ETH Zürich, where she is working on quantum thermodynamics, quantum non-locality and quantum computing. For the past 1.5 years, she also has been working part-time for IBM in their quantum community team, where she has been assisting with educational material and outreach activities such as developing the IBM Quantum Challenge and teaching more than 4,000 students at the Qiskit Global Summer School.

Topic: Quantum Computing: from foundations to state-of-the-art of the hardware platforms

Date: March 3, 2021

Time: 11:00–12:30 CET

Participation: Free webinar

Language: English

Webinar will be recorded.