Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

CASIS Presents a Nine-part Lecture Series

Quantum Sensing and Information Processing

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Second Lecture: Quantum Devices

Tuesday, May 30th at 2:00pm in the B453 Armadillo Room (R1001)

Quantum information processing and sensing systems are becoming increasingly important technologies:

  • Quantum computing could be the next revolution in computing technology. Applications include optimization, quantum chemistry, material science, cryptography and machine learning.
  • Quantum sensing could have far reaching impact on positioning, navigation and timing, enabling GPS-free positioning and long distance inertial navigation.
  • Congress recently passed the National Quantum Initiative Act, funding $1.2B to NSF and DOE for research
  • Lots of research activity in government, industry and academia.
  • LLNL has funded many LDRDs exploring quantum technologies over the past several years.


Jonathan DuBois
Steve Libby
Dave Chambers
Lisa Poyneer

Quantum information and sensing technologies are entering a period of rapid growth and discovery. This series of hour-long lectures is designed to provide an introduction to a range of topics in quantum information and sensing. The lecture series consist of two parts spread over nine lectures (see detailed outline below):

  • Quantum devices, control and interfacing to these devices, and how errors are modeled in quantum systems
  • Applications of quantum information processing and sensing including: quantum computing and algorithms, sensing with quantum devices, and quantum communications

Learn about the fundamentals of these technologies, research directions, and how to separate reality from all the hype.

Detailed knowledge of quantum mechanics is not required for these lectures. Necessary background will be provided as needed.

Lecture dates, times and locations will be announced in Newsline.

This lecture series is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Signal and Image Sciences and the Engineering Directorate.

For more information on this workshop, please contact Randy Roberts at


Introduction and Overview
(Tuesday, May 7th at 2:00, B453 R1001, Armadillo Room)      View Slides

  1. What’s the big deal about Quantum Information and Sensing?
    1. Computational speedup: Factoring large numbers with Shor’s algorithm
    2. Position, Navigation and Timing―how much better can it be over conventional approaches
  2. National Quantum Initiative Act
  3. DOE/NNSA’s interest
  4. LLNL’s Strategy and LDRD investments

Quantum Devices ― Focus on LLNL Research
(Thursday, May 30th at 2:00, B453 R1001, Armadillo Room)      

  1. Superconducting
  2. Neutral atom
  3. Ion trap
  4. If time permits: Quantum dots, Photonic, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Application: Sensing with Quantum Devices
(Thursday, June 27th at 2:00, B543 Auditorium, R1001)     

  1. Sensors
    1. Gravity gradiometry
    2. Positioning, Navigation and Timing
    3. Dark matter detection
  2. Algorithms for processing data from these sensors

Control of Quantum Devices
(Tuesday, July 2nd at 2:00, B132S R1000, GS/WCI Auditorium)     

  1. Control methods and algorithms
  2. Interface to quantum devices–moving bits to/from the classical and quantum worlds

Error Modelling
(Tuesday, July 9th at 2:00, B543 Auditorium, R1001)

  1. Impact of quantum and control noise
  2. Error budgets

Application: Quantum Computation
(Tuesday, July 23th at 2:00, B543 Auditorium, R1001)

  1. How to build a quantum computer
  2. Quantum error correction–why it’s needed to get quantum computers to work
  3. Quantum computers that are available right now: IBM Q, D-Wave.

Application: Quantum Computing Algorithms

  1. Quantum gates and circuits–how quantum algorithms are expressed
  2. Shor’s algorithm
  3. Linear algebra algorithms
  4. Simulating physical systems

Application: Quantum Communications

  1. Entanglement and teleportation
  2. Key distribution