JPL DESCANSO - Deep Space Communications and Navigation Center of Excellence

Quantum Technology for Communications and Navigation: Progress and Prospects

Presented by:
Dr. Lute Maleki
Tracking Systems and Applications Section 335


Quantum technology is an emergent field that is based on utilization of quantum processes to achieve new capabilities beyond those possible with classical techniques. In particular, processes such as "superposition" and "entanglement" of quantum states, combined with new advances in laser cooling and manipulation of atoms, can be used to advantage to create powerful new sensors, computation schemes, and communication networks. In particular, extremely sensitive inertial sensors, for navigation, and communication schemes with improved channel capacity may be realized with quantum techniques.

The talk will review the underlying basis of quantum technologies and recent progress in the field. It will provide a summary of JPL research in this area and discuss future applications and what lies ahead.

The Speaker

>Lute Maleki is a JPL Senior Research Scientist and the supervisor of the Time and Frequency Sciences and Technology Group at JPL. He has a Ph.D. in experimental atomic physics, and his research interests include atomic clocks, quantum electronics, quantum optics, and photonics.