Quantum Field Framework for Structured Light Interactions (17w5079)


(University of East Anglia)

Konstantin Bliokh (RIKEN and ANU)

Robert Boyd (University of Ottawa)

(University of Bristol)

(University of Calgary)

(McMaster University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Quantum Field Framework for Structured Light Interactions" workshop from April 23rd to April 28th, 2017.

At this early point in the twenty-first century it is already apparent that a paradigm shift is taking place in numerous areas of technology, as the new science of photonics increasingly outperforms and displaces twentieth century electronics. Prominent examples are high throughput nanoscale connectivity in IT systems, secure and enhanced telecommunications, and quantum computing. Some of the latest advances, aiming to exploit the distinctive quantum properties of light, convey information in the form of highly unconventional structured beams of light. This potentially transformative field is revolutionising many areas of optical physics, yet it has raised numerous questions in urgent need of address at the level of fundamental theory. This workshop brings top experts together in the aim of resolving these issues, laying new mathematical foundations to secure the ground for further progress.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides
an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disc
iplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineeri
ng Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional
de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).