The new field of quantum information is inherently multidisciplinary,
drawing together researchers from a variety of backgrounds to work on a
common set of problems. An important task of the Center for Quantum
Information is to facilitate the communication between these researchers,
both inside the Center and wherever quantum information is studied. In
order to encourage communication we have held weekly informal research
seminars, a formal workshop, hosted the 2002 CanadianAmerican CrossBorder
Workshop, and the first International Conference
on Quantum Information.
Workshops
2002 CrossBorder Workshop on Quantum Correlation and Nonlinear Photon Physics
The Cross Border Workshop is held annually bringing together scientists working in
atomic, molecular and optical science and engineering from around the
Great Lakes region.
The workshop allows graduate students and postdocs to present their
research and interact with scientists in an informal setting. Sixty
students, professors, and researchers from universities and research
laboratories gathered for three days on the University of Rochester campus to
hear a series of tutorials and review current research interests. The
Workshop was jointly sponsored by the Center for Quantum Information and the
Rochester Theory Center.
Theme for 2002
This year's focus was on Quantum Correlation and Nonlinear
Photon Physics. Research topics include (but are not limited to):
 Ultrafast and StrongField Physics
 Quantum Information
 Nonlinear and Fiber Optics
Guest Speakers at the Quantum Information Workshop
Professor Peter Knight
Imperial College, University of London, UK
"Quantum Communication & Quantum Information Processing"
Professor Krzysztof Wodkiewicz
Institute of Theoretical Physics
University of Warsaw, Poland
"Interference, Entanglement and Nonlocality in Phase Space"
Participants at the Quantum Information Workshop
Toby Berger 
Cornell University 
Charles Bowden 
Redstone Arsenal

Carl Caves 
University of New Mexico

Ike Chuang 
IBM 
Artur Ekert 
University of Oxford 
James Franson 
Johns Hopkins University 
Mark Heiligman 
NSA 
Daniel James 
Los Alamos National Laboratory 
Poul Jessen 
University of Arizona 
Peter Knight 
University of London 
Charles Marcus 
Stanford University 
Keith Miller 
NSA 
Eugene Polzik 
Aarhus University 
Ricart Slusher 
Bell Laboratories/ Lucent Technologies 
Lijun Wang 
NEC 
Birgitta Whaley 
University of California/ Berkeley 
David Wineland 
NIST, Boulder 
Kzysztof Wodkiewicz 
University of Warsaw 
Q.I. Workshop Participants from University of Rochester
Nick Bigelow 
Physics and Astronomy 
Mark Bocko 
Electrical & Computer Engineering 
Robert Boyd 
Institute of Optics 
Joseph Eberly 
Physics and Astronomy 
Marc Feldman 
Electrical & Computer Engineering 
Carlos Stroud 
Institute of Optics 
Ed Titlebaum 
Electrical & Computer Engineering 
Ian Walmsley 
Institute of Optics 
International Conference on Quantum Information
In the second week in June, 2001 approximately 350 scientists from more than
20 countries gathered at the University of Rochester campus for a pair of
meetings, the First International Conference on Quantum Information (ICQI),
and the Eighth Conference on Coherence and Quantum Optics. The ICQI
conference was generally acknowledged as an important milestone in the new
field, and it was decided that a regular series of these conferences will be
held biannually at various sites around the world. The second, chaired by
Peter Knight, will be held at Oxford University in June 2003. A description
of the conference including the program is archived by the Optical Society
of America.
www.osa.org/meetings/archives/2001/ICQI/ A photographic
record of the conference including candid shots of many of the pioneers of
the field may be accessed at
http://www.optics.rochester.edu/~stroud/conference/.
Public Lectures
Members of the Center have given
several lectures to acquaint the public with the field of
quantum information.
a) Professor Joseph Eberly
(University of Rochester) was invited by the Friends of the Rochester
Public Library to speak to attendees of their regular Evening Lecture Series
called Thursday Thinkers. The title to which he was asked to
respond was "Beam Me Up Scotty  The New World of
Quantum Physics." Speaking in layman’s terms, Prof. Eberly's
talk traced highlights in the evolution of quantum physics: from Planck's
introduction of a new universal constant to explain blackbody
radiation, through Einstein's inspired creation of stimulated emission, to his
doubts about quantum theory, as expressed in the famous
EPR paper. The roles of Bohm, Bell, Clauser and Mandel in resolving
the "EPR paradox" were mentioned and the process of teleportation
described semitechnically. His halfhour talk generated
over an hour’s worth of "questions and answers."
b) Professor Carlos Stroud
(University of Rochester) gave a lecture to industrial scientists
at the Rochester Section – Optical Society of America entitled "Quantum
Information: Technology of the Future," November 2001. Prof.
Stroud also gave lectures on this topic to general
audiences at the University of Alabama and Truman State
University as part of the Distinguished Traveling Lecturer Program of the
Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics of the
American Physical Society. These lectures were presented
in May 2001.
New Graduate Course
The MURI at Stanford has
stimulated the creation of a graduate course, AP225 Quantum
Information, Dr. Yoshi Yamamoto, Professor. Below is the course description
as it appears in the Stanford Graduate Bulletin:
AP225. Quantum Information —
Fundamental concepts of quantum theory: linear
superposition, entanglement, nonlocality and projective measurement.
Two photon interference and Bell’s inequality.
Fundamental limit in quantum
measurement: quantum nondemolition measurement, nonlinear
measurement and quantum Zero effect.
Quantum key distribution and
teleportation: information, energy dissipation and
reversible computer. Quantum algorithm, physical implementation
and scaling law. Quantum hardware. Decoherence of quantum
systems and quantum error correction codes.
Informal Research Seminars
Weekly collaborative group meetings are held by Professors Bigelow, Eberly,
Feldman, Stroud, and Walmsley at the University of Rochester. These
meetings span a range of research areas and encourage collaborative efforts.
Some typical presentations include:
 Dr.
Jin Wang: "Feedback in
Quantum Systems." (4 lectures)
 Dr.
Ting Yu:
"Overview of NonMarkovian Effects in Open Systems."
 Ashok Muthukrishnan: "Angular Momentum Entanglement in a
Trapped Atom."
 Xingxiang
Zhou: "Superconducting Quantum Computation: charge
and flux qubits." (3 lectures)
 Professor
Stroud: "Quantum Mechanics at the QuantumClassical
Interface." (2 lectures)
 Professor Eberly: "Heisenberg Picture and
Spontaneous Noise Operators."
 Professor Feldman: "Superconducting Quantum Interference
Devices." (4 lectures).
