Nate Stern, Caltech, presented state of the art nano science with tiny, ultra-tuned optical cavities loaded with atoms and photons one at a time to share and transfer quantum bits as a prototype to quantum computing.
Nate illustrated how coherent interactions between a single atom and one photon within the setting of cavity quantum electrodynamics (cQED) could form the basis for quantum information networks. He emphasized that to move beyond current proof-of-principle experiments involving one or two conventional optical cavities to more complex scalable systems requires extreme localization of individual atoms.
As an initial step into this new regime of cQED, Nate presented a realization he's contributed to of a scalable quantum node consisting of a "whispering-gallery" microcavity coupled to a single atom.
Nate is currently a postdoc at Caltech working in Jeff Kimble's group.