Editorial Advisory Board
Dr. Robert R. Alfano
City College of New York
Valerie C. Bolhouse
Crazy for Quantum Communications
“If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy,
that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.” – Niels Bohr
Dr. Timothy Day
Prepare to get your “giddy” on. Photonics Media goes quantum this month, with an exciting article in this issue as well as a webinar scheduled for Feb. 16 that will feature a presentation on the subject by MIT professor Jeffrey H. Shapiro.
Dr. Anthony J. DeMaria
Dr. Donal Denvir
Andor Technology PLC
Advances in detectors and sources have brought quantum communication to the brink of
commercial rollout, according to contributing editor Hank Hogan, but he cautions that
technical issues remain, including increasing transmission distance or building a quantum
repeater – and these must be worked out.
Patrick L. Edsell
Dr. Stephen D. Fantone
“Photonics plays a key role in this technology,” Hogan writes, “thanks to the ability to
impose a quantum state on particles of light and to detect that state at a point many miles
away.” Although there is a clear need for the technology, questions linger about the
commercial viability of quantum key distribution, the most ready application. Read the
article “Quantum Communication Is Ready for Its Close-Up,” beginning on page 44.
Dr. Michael Houk
Bristol Instruments Inc.
On Feb. 16, Photonics Media will present a webinar focused on photonics in communication, featuring Shapiro, the Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT.
His research interests center on the application of communication theory to optical
systems. He is best known for his work on the generation, detection and application of
squeezed-state light beams, but he also has published extensively in the areas of atmospheric optical communication, coherent laser radar and quantum information science.
Dr. Kenneth J. Kaufmann
PI (Physik Instrumente) LP
Shirat Enterprises Ltd., Israel
“Recent development of nonclassical light sources – whose photodetection statistics
require the use of quantum theory – plus increasing interest in optics-based approaches to
quantum information processing, necessitates a thorough understanding of the similarities
and distinctions between the semiclassical and quantum theories of optical communication,” Shapiro said.
Coherent Japan Inc.
Dr. Morio Onoe
professor emeritus, University of Tokyo
Dr. William Plummer
In 2008, he was co-recipient of the Quantum Electronics Award from the IEEE Lasers and
Electro-Optics Society (now the IEEE Photonics Society) and also received the Quantum
Communication Award for Theoretical Research from Tamagawa University of Japan.
Dr. Richard C. Powell
University of Arizona
Shapiro’s webinar presentation, “The Quantum Theory of Optical Communications,”
offers what he describes as “a brief primer” on the topic, for which no prior knowledge
of quantum optics is required.
Dr. Ryszard S. Romaniuk
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Samuel P. Sadoulet
To register for the webinar, go to photonics.com.
Dr. Steve Sheng
Telesis Technologies Inc.
As Edmund Optics rolled out its 70th anniversary commemoration, the industry paused to
remember the company’s founder, Norman W. Edmund. News of Edmund’s death came in
mid-January. Back in October 2006, Photonics Media carried an item about the company
that talked about its early days:
William H. Shiner
IPG Photonics Corp.
John M. Stack
“In 1942, after Norman W. Edmund had a hard time finding a lens he needed, he did
what any amateur photographer would do: He decided to publish a surplus optics catalog.
A year later, the first Edmund catalog was mailed, targeted to hobbyists and educators.”
Dr. Albert J.P. Theuwissen
Harvest Imaging/Delft University
of Technology, Belgium
National Instruments Corp.