During the symposium five main speakers from different universities from inland and abroad will speak about quantum optics and information. Next to these speakers some PhD students will hold a short talk about the topic of the upcomming speaker. The main speakers of the Arago Symposium 2021-2022 and their specialism can be found below. More speakers and their topics will be announced in the coming weeks.

Prof. Dr. Pepijn Pinkse – Master of ceremonies

Pepijn Pinkse (1970, PhD 1997 UvA) worked in Germany (University of Konstanz and Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics) in cavity QED and
cooling and trapping of atoms and molecules. In 2009 he moved to the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Here he pioneered, together with Boris Skoric and Allard Mosk, Quantum-Secure Authentication (QSA), the quantum-secure readout of a multiple scattering key as so-called Physical Unclonable Function (PUF). He now chairs the Adaptive Quantum Optics group and is director of the center for QUAntum Nanotechnology Twente (QUANT). His research combines quantum optics with nanofabricated scattering media and complex integrated photonic circuits.

Prof. Dr. David DiVincenzo

David DiVincenzo has worked on quantum information theory since 1993. He proved that two-qubit gates are universal for quantum computing. In 1996 he introduced, with Daniel Loss, the basic concept that is presently pursued for quantum-dot quantum computing. He authored the seven “DiVincenzo criteria” for the physical implementation of quantum computers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Associate Editor of Reviews of Modern Physics, and the author of over 200 published papers. He is presently Alexander von Humboldt Professor, and Director of the Institute for Quantum Information, at RWTH Aachen University, and Director of the Institute for Theoretical Nanoelectronics at the Juelich Research Center.

Dr. Wolfgang Löffler

Wolfgang is an experimental physicist working in quantum optics. A strong focus of his lab is on bright sources of true single photons based on solid-state devices with semiconductor quantum dots and optical
micro-cavities. These sources are a key element for high-speed GHz rate quantum key distribution networks. Closely related is his research on
entangling many of these photons in the form of cluster states, a universal resource for various quantum information applications. The lab investigates quantum light-matter interactions also more broadly with topics from photon orbital angular momentum, high-dimensional quantum optics and entanglement, to quantum opto-mechanics.

Prof. Dr. Ir. Caspar van der Wal

Caspar van der Wal (Netherlands, 1971) obtained his PhD degree in 2001, in the group of Prof. Hans Mooij at Delft University of Technology for research on quantum coherent dynamics of superconducting circuits. This was followed by a postdoc position of two years in the labs of Prof. Misha Lukin and Dr. Ron Walsworth at Harvard University (USA), where he did research on quantum optics with atomic vapors. At the end of 2003, he started working as an assistant professor at the University of Groningen in the Physics of Nanodevices Group. In 2009, he obtained here a permanent position as associate professor in Physics of Quantum Devices, which became a full professor position in 2015. The research of his team focuses on exploring spintronic and quantum information functionalities with electron spins and nuclear spins in semiconductor devices, using both quantum optical methods and electron transport methods. Per 2016 he is scientific director of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials.

Prof. Chao-Yang Lu

Chao-Yang Lu was born in December 1982 in Zhejiang, China. He obtained Bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China
(USTC) in 2004, and PhD in Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge in 2011. Since 2011, he is a Professor of Physics at USTC. His current research interest includes quantum
computation, solid-state quantum photonics, multiparticle entanglement, quantum teleportation, superconducting circuits, and atomic arrays. His
work on quantum teleportation was selected as by Physics World as “Breakthrough of the Year”. His work on single-photon sources and optical quantum computing was selected by Optical Society of American (OSA) as one of “Optics in 2016”, “Optics in 2017”, “Optics in 2019”, and “Optics in 2021”. He is the Chair of Quantum 2020 conference and has served as an editorial board member in international journals such as Applied Physics Reviews, ACS Photonics, Quantum Science and Technology, PhotoniX, Advanced Photonics, Advanced Quantum Technology, Science Bulletin, and iScience.