QRC Seminar Series - Prof. Philippe Bouyer

Oct 30, 2023
Prof. Jukka Pekola

Prof. Philippe Bouyer

Quantum Delta NL CAT3 coordinator, Senior Science officer Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Nederland

30th October 2023, 5:15pm - 6:15pm (GST)


Title:Quantum sensors with matter waves 
Location:Indoors Arena
Abstract:The past decades have seen significant progress in controlling the motion of atoms, resulting in quantum sensors that offer both fundamental and practical applications. These sensors can measure acceleration, rotation, and even detect gravitational waves with unprecedented accuracy. They are currently used as references for fundamental physical constants and have applications in fields such as navigation, geophysics, and general relativity tests. We already use them in airplanes, boats, and even in space. In this talk I will describe the development of quantum sensors exploiting interferometry of matter waves. The next challenge is to create compact and mobile versions that can be used in a wide range of applications, including monitoring underground water resources, predicting volcano eruptions, and detecting hidden objects. This could revolutionize many areas of science and technology in the coming years.
Bio:Philippe Bouyer is a CNRS research director on secondment as a professor at the University of Amsterdam and the Eindhoven University of Technology, and a specialist in laser-cooled atoms. After completing his PhD at the Kastler-Brossel laboratory in Paris, he moved to Stanford University and then to the Institut d'Optique where, among other things, he carried out the first experiments on matter-wave quantum sensors and quantum simulators. Founder of the Photonique, Numérique et Nanosciences laboratory and of the Muquans start-up in Bordeaux, he is now in charge of science and technology for the national Quantum Delta NL initiative.