COLLOQUIUM

11:00 AM  (CET) 1 December 2020. Prof. Dr. RONALD HANSON (University of Delft )

Quantum foundational experiments using diamond NV centers

​Entanglement – the property that particles can share a single quantum state - is arguably the most counterintuitive yet potentially most powerful element in quantum theory. The non-local features of quantum theory are highlighted by the conflict between entanglement and local causality discovered by John Bell. Decades of Bell inequality tests, culminating in a series of loophole-free tests in 2015, have confirmed the non-locality of nature [1].

Future quantum networks [2] may harness these unique features of entanglement in a range of exciting applications, such as quantum computation and simulation, secure communication, enhanced metrology for astronomy and time-keeping as well as fundamental investigations. To fulfill these promises, a strong worldwide effort is ongoing to gain precise control over the full quantum dynamics of multi-particle nodes and to wire them up using quantum-photonic channels.  At the same time, the newly gained control may provide novel opportunities for experiments targeting new fundamental insights.

Here I will introduce the field of quantum networks, highlight a few recent experiments and give a brief overview of relevant expertise and control in light of oissible future experiments touching foundational topics.

 

References

[1] For a popular account of these experiments, see e.g. Ronald Hanson and Krister Shalm, Scientific American 319, 58-65 (2018).

[2] Quantum internet: A vision for the road ahead, S Wehner, D Elkouss, R Hanson, Science 362 (6412), eaam9288 (2018).

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