Baylor Welcomes Dr. Daniel Gauthier for the 2016 Spring Physics Colloquium Series

Feb. 23, 2016
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WACO, Texas (Feb. 23, 2016) – The 2016 Spring Physics Colloquium Series at Baylor University will host Daniel Gauthier, Ph.D., professor of physics at Ohio State University, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Baylor Sciences Building Room E125.

Gauthier plans to discuss high-dimension quantum key distribution. He will discuss how the field of quantum information science aims to leverage the properties of quantum mechanics in order to realize new approaches for computing and communication.

“I will review the basic building blocks of a classic optical communication system,” Gauthier said. “From there, I will describe a communication system in which the photonic wave packets have less than one photon, and hence enter the quantum regime.”

The number of bits that can be encoded on a single quantum is close to infinite, according to Gauthier. He plans to show how this property can be used for a communication system based on quantum physics, capable of sharing a secret key between two parties. This system is secure against eavesdroppers based on the fundamental properties of quantum mechanics.

“Dr. Gauthier is one of the well-recognized leaders in his field,” said Anzhong Wang, Ph.D., professor of physics at Baylor. “His expertise spans a wide range of cutting-edge research, including the interaction between laser light and matter, chaos in lasers and electronic systems, slow and fast light, quantum information and nanophotonics.”

Gauthier earned his doctorate in optics from the University of Rochester in 1989. Before teaching at Ohio State University, he taught at Duke University for more than 10 years.

This event is free and open to the public. The Baylor Sciences Building is located at 101 Bagby Ave.

For more information, contact Anzhong Wang.

by Bethany Harper, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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