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14 September 2020 – 17 September 2020 OSA Virtual Event - Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC - 05:00)

Program & Topics


Quantum 2.0 refers to the development and use of many-body quantum superposition, entanglement, and measurement to advance science and technology. Examples are quantum computing and simulation, quantum communications, and quantum sensing. New resulting technologies will potentially go far beyond the (quantum 1.0) capabilities offered by systems without the conceptual need for large-scale superposition or entanglement, examples of which are conventional semiconductor electronics, laser-based communication systems and magnetic-resonance medical imagers.

This conference will bring together scientists, engineers, and others working to advance quantum science and the technical innovations needed to introduce practical quantum technologies and ultimately commercializable products based on Quantum 2.0 to market. Academic, government and industry researchers will have the opportunity to interact and discover common ground, and potentially build collaborations leading to new concepts or development opportunities.

The Quantum 2.0 conference is open to researchers and engineers interested in developing and using quantum systems and to mathematicians and computer/information scientists interested in storing and processing information on quantum devices. The meeting is expected to be of particular interest to those who employ optical techniques, broadly interpreted, to implement and use the technology. These technologies include, but are not limited to:

Scalable quantum computers, simulators, or communications networks; quantum-enhanced sensors including accelerometers, gravimeters, magnetometers, interferometers, microscopes, telescopes, rangers, spectrometers, clocks, quantum lights sources and detectors; sensor networks; distributed or remote quantum processors; quantum-enabled information processors and quantum algorithmic design. Both fundamental and applied studies, including theoretical or algorithmic, of the above are appropriate.

Quantum-enabled platforms and techniques of interest include, but are not limited to:

Atoms (neutrals and ions), spin and charge qubits in solid-state systems, optical quantum dots defined by impurities or other defects, superconducting quantum circuitry, optical- and microwave-controlled qubits, optomechanical systems, all-optical quantum processing systems, state-preserving frequency conversion, optical fiber and related devices and systems, integrated optics, quantum repeaters, key distribution, optical and radio satellite and deep-space communication.

The challenges facing the QIST community today, and which the conference intends to address, include:

  • creating and controlling large collections of simple quantum systems with sufficient precision to attain a ‘quantum advantage’ in computing, communication, or metrology.
  • discovering and implementing the ‘killer apps’ that can be realized only by Quantum 2.0 solutions.
  • developing a scientific and industrial/economic ‘ecosystem’ that will enable eventual commercial success of Quantum 2.0 technologies.
  • growing a workforce, including young and diverse members, suited to bringing quantum technology into practice.
  • assessing and acting on societal benefits and risks brought by newly developing quantum technologies.