Quantum Sensors

Sunday, 16 February 2014
Water Tower (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
David G. Cory , University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Quantum mechanics is the ultimate theory of nature and when we succeed at building devices that function in uniquely quantum fashion then we may exceed classical limits on efficiency.  This is true for quantum sensors.  Today we come close to realizing this quantum gain for practical sensors.  The key next steps are to learn which quantum processes provide these benefits and how to engineer them.   I will describe two ways in which quantum mechanics leads to more powerful devices.