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This week on the Daily Beat: We speak with a quantum optics physicists about the latest work in quantum communication networks.
Today on the Daily Beat, Friday February 5, 2016: The fundamental question in the field of optics is the nature of light itself. Studies of light and its interaction with matter keep generating new ideas and inventions unraveling the nature of light and leading to new applications of light. In this sense optics seems to have found the secret of eternal youth. We are interested in both classical and quantum features of light in interacting light-matter systems. These include lasers, nonlinear optical processes such as second harmonic generation and frequency down-conversion and simple atomic systems interacting with a small number of modes inside or outside an optical cavity.
The man behind the quantum mission is physicist, Jian-Wei Pan. And this year is proving to be a culminating one in Pan’s long, competitive journey to place this satellite in space. In 2001, he established China’s first lab for manipulating quantum properties of photons. It was during that time that he began envisioning the concept of quantum satellite communication from space. At age 41, he was the youngest to be inducted into the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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