Perspectives on quantum transduction

N. Lauk, N. Sinclair, S. Barzanjeh, J.P. Covey, M. Saffman, M. Spiropulu, C. Simon, Quantum Science and Technology 5 (2020).

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Lauk, Nikolai; Sinclair, Neil; Barzanjeh, ShabirIST Austria; Covey, Jacob P; Saffman, Mark; Spiropulu, Maria; Simon, Christoph
Quantum transduction, the process of converting quantum signals from one form of energy to another, is an important area of quantum science and technology. The present perspective article reviews quantum transduction between microwave and optical photons, an area that has recently seen a lot of activity and progress because of its relevance for connecting superconducting quantum processors over long distances, among other applications. Our review covers the leading approaches to achieving such transduction, with an emphasis on those based on atomic ensembles, opto-electro-mechanics, and electro-optics. We briefly discuss relevant metrics from the point of view of different applications, as well as challenges for the future.
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During the writing of this article we became aware of another review of quantum transduction with somewhat different emphasis [99]. We would like to thank the participants of the transduction workshop at Caltech in September 2018 for helpful and stimulating discussions. We particularly thank John Bartholomew, Andrei Faraon, Johannes Fink, Jeff Holzgrafe, Linbo Shao, Marko Lončar, Daniel Oblak, and Oskar Painter. N L and N S acknowledge support from the Alliance for Quantum Technologies' (AQT) Intelligent Quantum Networks and Technologies (INQNET) research program and by DOE/HEP QuantISED program grant, QCCFP (Quantum Communication Channels for Fundamental Physics), award number DE-SC0019219. NS further acknowledges support by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). SB acknowledges support from the Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowship number 707 438 (MSC-IF SUPEREOM). JPC acknowledges support from the Caltech PMA prize postdoctoral fellowship. MS acknowledges support from the ARL-CDQI and the National Science Foundation. CS acknowledges NSERC, Quantum Alberta, and the Alberta Major Innovation Fund.
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Lauk N, Sinclair N, Barzanjeh S, et al. Perspectives on quantum transduction. Quantum Science and Technology. 2020;5(2). doi:10.1088/2058-9565/ab788a
Lauk, N., Sinclair, N., Barzanjeh, S., Covey, J. P., Saffman, M., Spiropulu, M., & Simon, C. (2020). Perspectives on quantum transduction. Quantum Science and Technology. IOP Publishing.
Lauk, Nikolai, Neil Sinclair, Shabir Barzanjeh, Jacob P Covey, Mark Saffman, Maria Spiropulu, and Christoph Simon. “Perspectives on Quantum Transduction.” Quantum Science and Technology. IOP Publishing, 2020.
N. Lauk et al., “Perspectives on quantum transduction,” Quantum Science and Technology, vol. 5, no. 2. IOP Publishing, 2020.
Lauk N, Sinclair N, Barzanjeh S, Covey JP, Saffman M, Spiropulu M, Simon C. 2020. Perspectives on quantum transduction. Quantum Science and Technology. 5(2), 020501.
Lauk, Nikolai, et al. “Perspectives on Quantum Transduction.” Quantum Science and Technology, vol. 5, no. 2, 020501, IOP Publishing, 2020, doi:10.1088/2058-9565/ab788a.
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