IEEE Photonics Society

Boston Photonics Society Chapter

Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society

Advances in Interferometry WorkshopPDF

Wednesday, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 2018, 7:00-9:30 PM
Located at MIT Lincoln Laboratory - 3 Forbes Road, Lexington, MA, 02420, USA

This workshop will feature talks on different aspects of interferometry from the latest advances in optical interferometry to recent advances in atomic de Broglie interferometry. For complete coverage - talks are included on optical interferometry, such as developing the precision and stability necessary for instrumenting the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory,which recently won the Nobel Prize in Physics for detecting the gravitational radiation of colliding neutron stars; health based bio-medical interferometry; ground based seismic wave interferometry; and radio astronomy interferometry. Amazing advances in Atomic Interferometry are examined, which is a technique that underlies a large number of recent precision measurements, exploiting the fact that matter, like light, exhibits wave-like properties. In atom interferometry, atoms laser-cooled to millionths of a degree above absolute zero, are driven into quantum superpositions by pulses of laser light. By manipulating the state of the atoms using lasers to steer the matter waves' paths and recombine the matter waves at the end of the experiment, the energy and couplings along the atoms' path and their interaction with the light pulses serve to determine the phase shift between matter waves across the two arms of the interferometer, identical to the way optical and radio interferometers work. Since atoms have mass, atom interferometers can be used to measure gravitational effects, and fundamental constants such as the gravitational constant and the fine structure constant.

This workshop will bring together leading experts in the field to discuss the latest research in interferometry and their future technological applications. This workshop also aims to foster communication and collaboration through networking among the individual engineers and researchers attending. Learn more about the rapid advances in interferometry directly from the foremost researchers in the different specialties involved, by registering for and attending this workshop.

Apr 4, 2018

Developing the Precision and Stability Necessary for Instrumenting LIGO Slides

Dr. Peter K. Fritschel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kavli Institute, Cambridge, MA

Imaging the Invisible Slides

Dr. Katie Bouman, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA

Apr 11, 2018

Quantum Interferometry Meets General Relativity Slides

Dr. Igor Pikovski, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Interferometric Biosensing for Sensitive Molecular Diagnostics Slides

Dr. Derin Sevenler, Boston University, Boston, MA

Apr 18, 2018

Prospects for Precision Measurements with Echo Atom Interferometers Slides

Prof. Anatharaman Kumarakrishnan, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Resonant Microphotonic Gyroscope Slides

Dr. Andrey Matsko, OEWaves, Pasadena, CA

Apr 25, 2018

Atom Interferometer Measurements using Nanogratings Slides

Prof. Alexander D. Cronin, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Quantum Sensors Based on Interferometry Slides

Prof. Alexander V. Sergienko, Boston University, Boston, MA

May 2, 2018

Ramsey-Bordé Interferometer for Electrons Slides

Prof. Karl-Peter Marzlin, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Quantum Hall Interferometry Slides

Prof. Bertrand I. Halperin, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

For more information on the technical content of the workshop, contact either:
1) Farhad Hakimi, (, Advances in Interferometry Workshop Co-Chair
2) Bill Nelson, (, Advances in Interferometry Workshop Co-Chair