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Quantum Sensing
Gordon Research Conference

Harnessing Quantum Coherence for Nanoscale Resolution and Sensitivity


July 2-7, 2017


The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China Site Information


Renbao Liu & Philip R. Hemmer

Vice Chairs:
Quan Li & Milos Nesladek

Hong Kong Advisory Board:
Tony F. Chan, Kathryn Song Eng Cheah, Fanny M.C. Cheung, Arthur B. Ellis, Barry Halliwell, Nancy Ip, Jian Lu, Peter Mathieson, Alfonso Ngan, Paul Tam, Benjamin Wah, Henry Wong, Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, Kenneth Young & Albert Cheung-Hoi Yu More Information

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 4, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

Quantum sensing is a new quantum technology that utilizes quantum coherence for ultrasensitive detection. It is particularly useful for sensing weak signals in nanoscale measurements. Similar to quantum computation, quantum sensing relies on initialization, control, and readout of quantum bits (i.e., qubits). While practical quantum computation needs control of many physical qubits, quantum sensing requires control and measurement of only one or a few qubits. Construction, control, and measurement of few-qubit systems have been demonstrated feasible in many physical systems, thanks to the foundational research for quantum computation. In particular, certain qubit systems (e.g., defect spins in diamond) have been shown to possess excellent quantum coherence even at room temperature and in coupling with complex environments (such as in live cells). Therefore quantum sensing is highly promising to be practically applicable in the near future. Quantum sensing will offer unprecedented sensitivity and resolution of measurement in a broad range of frontier studies, such as condensed matter physics in nano-systems, nanoscale magnetic resonance imaging, cellular dynamics in single cells, and even brain science.

The research of quantum sensing will involve cross-disciplinary efforts. The technology relies on good quantum coherence of qubits and hence critical is research on discovery and engineering of novel quantum materials and advanced quantum control protocols. Quantum sensing is to explore a broad range of target systems with unprecedented sensitivity, resolution, and/or flexibility. The target systems, often of nanometer sizes, can be of very different natures, being magnetic, electrical, mechanical, thermal chemical, or biological. Therefore the research of quantum sensing calls on not only knowledge of various disciplines (condensed matter physics, biology, chemistry, nanotechnology, and quantum physics, of course) but also expertise on integration of such a broad range of target systems and quantum sensors. Such multi-disciplinary research will be very challenging but nonetheless very rewarding. We expect this newly established GRC on Quantum Sensing will be a platform to coordinate the global efforts to tackle the grand challenges in this field.

We, in a city of a fantastic hybrid of eastern and western cultures, are looking forward to meeting you, the world leaders in quantum sensing, the young generations joining the field, and the interested from other fields looking for new research tools.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Quantum Sensing as an Emerging Quantum Technology
Discussion Leader: Steven Prawer (University of Melbourne, Australia)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmDavid Awschalom (University of Chicago, USA)
"Creating and Controlling Quantum States in Semiconductors"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmJoerg Wrachtrup (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
"Applying Quantum Defects: From Brain Surgery to Foundations of Physics"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSingle-Spin NMR and EPR
Discussion Leader: Daniel Rugar (IBM, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amChris Lutz (IBM, USA)
"Magnetic Sensing by Single-Atom Spin Resonance in an STM"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amRonald Hanson (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
"Sensing and Controlling Multiple Nuclear Spins for Quantum Networks"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmJiangfeng Du (University of Science and Technology, China)
"Single-Molecule Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMaterials Science and Technology for Quantum Sensing
Discussion Leader: Huan-Cheng Chang (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmMatthew Markham (Element Six, United Kingdom)
"Engineering Diamond for Ensemble Magnetic Sensing"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmEisuke Abe (Keio University, Japan)
"Microwave Engineering, Magnetic Sensing Technique, and Materials Science for Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers in Diamond"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNanoscale MRI
Discussion Leader: Jean-Francois Roch (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS Cachan), France)
9:00 am - 9:40 amH. Jonathon Mamin (IBM, USA)
"Nuclear Spin Detection and the Quest for High Resolution Imaging Using Nitrogen Vacancy Centers"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amAnia Jayich (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Quantum Imaging with Defects in Diamond"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmChristian Degen (ETH Zurich, Switzerland / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Nanoscale Imaging of Current Flow with a Single-Spin Magnetometer"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
2:00 pm - 4:00 pmPoster Session
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmSpin Qubits for Quantum Sensing
Discussion Leader: Milos Nesladek (IMEC / Hasselt University, Belgium)
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmAdam Gali (Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
"Dopant-Vacancy Centers Spin in Diamond: Ab Initio Theory"
4:30 pm - 4:40 pmDiscussion
4:40 pm - 5:10 pmCarlos Meriles (City College of New York, USA)
"The Interplay of Spin and Charge in Diamond-Hosted Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers"
5:10 pm - 5:20 pmDiscussion
5:20 pm - 5:50 pmNathalie De Leon (Princeton University, USA)
"Quantum Defects at and Near the Surface of Diamond"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSensing Condensed Matter Physics
Discussion Leader: Xiaoqin (Elaine) Li (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
9:00 am - 9:50 amAmir Yacoby (Harvard University, USA)
"Probing the Spin Chemical Potential of Magnetic Insulators Using NV Centers in Diamond"
9:50 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:40 amCoffee Break
10:40 am - 11:20 amVincent Jacques (University of Montpellier, France)
"Imaging Exotic Spin Textures in Thin Magnetic Layers with an Atomic-Sized Magnetometer"
11:20 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:15 pmAlexander Sushkov (Boston University, USA)
"Probing Many-Body Effects in a 2D Spin System"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmQuantum Bio-Sensing
Discussion Leader: Quan Li (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China)
7:30 pm - 8:20 pmRonald Walsworth (Harvard University, USA)
"Magnetic Sensing and Imaging with NV-Diamond"
8:20 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:10 pmKai-Mei Fu (University of Washington, USA)
"Widefield DC Magnetic Imaging of Nanoparticles for Bio-Orientation Experiments"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmHybrid Quantum Sensors
Discussion Leader: Marko Loncar (Harvard University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amEvelyn Hu (Harvard University, USA)
"Cavity Sensing of Excited SiV States in SiC"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:25 amMichael Trupke (TU Wien, Austria)
"Large-Scale Control and Readout of Solid-State Defects"
10:25 am - 10:35 amDiscussion
10:35 am - 10:55 amCoffee Break
10:55 am - 11:20 amAleksei Zheltikov (Texas A&M University, USA)
"Fiber-Optic Biosensing with a Spin on a Fiber"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmMartin Plenio (University of Ulm, Germany)
"Diamond Hybrid Quantum Devices: Sensing, Simulation and Hyperpolarisation"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmNew Quantum Sensing Schemes
Discussion Leader: Alex Retzker (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmLloyd Hollenberg (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
"Quantum Sensing and Imaging Based on Controlled Cross-Relaxation"
4:30 pm - 4:45 pmDiscussion
4:45 pm - 5:05 pmKasturi Saha (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India)
"Quantum-Assisted Sensing Using NV Centers in Diamond"
5:05 pm - 5:15 pmDiscussion
5:15 pm - 5:45 pmFedor Jelezko (University of Ulm, Germany)
"New Approaches for Sensitivity and Spectral Resolution Improvement in Diamond Quantum Metrology"
5:45 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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