Seminar: Dr. Kathy-Anne Soderberg, AFRL | Toward Heterogeneous Quantum Networks

The Ohio State University | Electrical & Computer Engineering

Seminar Series


Speaker: Dr. Kathy-Anne Soderberg, Principal Research Physicist, Air Force Research Laboratory

Time: March 26, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Talk Title: Toward Heterogeneous Quantum Networks

Abstract: Quantum networks promise the ultimate in secure connectivity providing channels of communication that are both tamper-proof and tamper evident. A quantum network can be executed by remotely linking distant memory nodes comprising trapped-ion qubits via photon-based qubit interconnects. AFRL is pursuing a multi-pronged approach to develop in-house quantum networking capabilities that ultimately may move beyond a well-controlled research laboratory environment towards fieldable demonstrations.

Bio: Dr. Kathy-Anne Brickman Soderberg is a Principal Research Scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate in Rome, NY.  Dr. Soderberg is the primary investigator and group leader for AFRL’s Trapped-Ion Quantum Networking group.  Dr. Soderberg received a B.S. in physics from the College of William and Mary, an M.S. and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Soderberg has over fifteen years of technical experience in atomic physics and quantum information processing.  Her graduate work focused on trapped-ion quantum computing research and included key demonstrations of phonon-mediated entangling gates and proof-of-principle quantum algorithms.  Her postdoctoral work focused on novel neutral-atom quantum computing and the difficulties associated with targeted atomic interactions and optical lattice translation and control.  Before joining AFRL, Dr. Soderberg was a technical consultant for quantum information sciences.