Raphael C Pooser

Raphael C Pooser

Research Scientist

Bio

Dr. Pooser is an expert in continuous variable quantum optics. He leads the quantum sensing team within the quantum information science group. His research interests include quantum computing, neuromorphic computing, and sensing. He currently leads the Quantum Computing Testbed project at ORNL, a large multi institution collaboration. He has also developed a quantum sensing program from the ground up based on quantum networks over a number of years at ORNL. He has been working to demonstrate that continuous variable quantum optics, quantum noise reduction in particular, has important uses in the quantum information field. One of his goals is to show that the quantum control and error correction required in computing applications are directly applicable to quantum sensing efforts. He is also interested in highlighting the practicality of these systems, demonstrating their ease of use and broad applicability. His research model uses quantum sensors as a showcase for the technologies that will enable quantum computing. Dr. Pooser has over 16 years of quantum information science experience, having led the quantum sensing program at ORNL over the past eight. Dr. Pooser publishes in high impact journals, including in Science, Nature, and Physical Review Letters. He previously served as a distinguished Wigner Fellow. He also worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group at NIST after receiving his PhD in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia. He received a B.S. in Physics from New York University, graduating Cum Laude on an accelerated schedule. Dr. Pooser is active in the community, having served as a spokesperson for United Way and for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the TN Valley on many occasions in addition to volunteer work.

Awards

UT Battelle Awards Night; Scientific Research Accomplishment award for “pioneering work in quantum sensing beyond the Heisenberg Limit,” 2015.

Significant Event Award; “New Discovery of Plasmonic Mediation of Quantum Information,” Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2013.

Wigner Fellowship at Oak Ridge National Lab, 2009 - 2011.

First place in Sigma Xi poster competition, 2009.

Intelligence Community Postdoctoral fellowship at NIST, 2007 - 2009.

First place in interdepartment poster competition, UVA, 2005.

Physics qualifying exam Distinction title, 2003.

Projects

Lab Directed Research and Development: Neuromorphic coprocessor energy consumption in the beyond exascale era

Office of Naval Research: Nonlinear Interferometers

Office of Naval Research: Reconfigurable Measurement Device Independent QKD

Intelligence Community Postdoctoral grant: compressive beam position detection

Lab Directed Research and Development: Quantum plasmonic sensors

William and Mary Keck Foundation: Ultra-trace Sensors

ORNL Seed fund: Quantum Computing with Continuous Variables

Publications

M. W. Holtfrerich, M. Dowran, R. Davidson, B. J. Lawrie, R. C. Pooser, A. M. Marino, Towards Quantum Plasmonic Networks, Optica 3, 985-988 (2016).

B. J. Lawrie, Y. Yang, M. Eaton, A. N. Black, and R. C. Pooser, Robust and compact entanglement generation from diode-laser-pumped four-wave mixing, Applied Physics Letters 108, 151107 (2016); doi: 10.1063/1.4947026.

R. C. Pooser and B. J. Lawrie, Plasmonic trace sensing below the photon shot noise limit, ACS Photonics 3, 8 (2016). article featured on cover of journal

AE Farah, R Davidson, A Malasi, RC Pooser, B Lawrie, R Kalyanaraman, Cobalt stabilization of silver extraordinary optical transmission sensing platforms, Applied Physics Letters 108, 043101 (2016).

K. Marshall, R. C. Pooser, G. Siopsis, and C. Weedbrook, Quantum simulation of quantum field theory using continuous variables, Phys. Rev. A 92, 063825 (2015).

W. Fan, B. J. Lawrie, R. C. Pooser, Quantum Plasmonic Sensing, Phys. Rev. A 92, 053812 (2015).

B Qi, P Lougovski, R Pooser, W Grice, M Bobrek, Generating the local oscillator “locally” in continuous-variable quantum key distribution based on coherent detection, Physical Review X 5, 041009 (2015).

K. Marshall, R. C. Pooser, G. Siopsis, and C. Weedbrook, Repeat-until-success cubic phase gate for universal continuous-variable quantum computation, Phys. Rev. A 91, 032321 (2015).

B. J. Lawrie, N. Otterstrom, R. C. Pooser, Coherence area profiling in multi-spatial-mode squeezed states, Journal of Modern Optics, 1-6, DOI:10.1080/09500340.2015.1080869 (2015).

R. C. Pooser, and B. J. Lawrie, Ultrasensitive measurement of MEMS cantilever displacement below the shot noise limit, Optica 2, 393 (2015). One of the top-cited articles in Optica for 2015.

A. Malasi, H. Taz, A. Farah, M. Patel, B. Lawrie, R. C. Pooser, A. Baddorf, G. Duscher, R. Kalyanaraman, Novel Iron-based ternary amorphous oxide semiconductor with very high transparency, electronic conductivity, and mobility, Scientific reports 5, 1 (2015).

N. Otterstrom, R. C. Pooser, B. Lawrie, Nonlinear optical magnetometry with accessible in situ optical squeezing, Optics Letters 39, 6533 (2014).

R. C. Pooser and J. Jing, Continuous Variable Cluster State Generation over the Optical Spatial Mode Comb, Phys. Rev. A. 90, 04381 (2014).

P. Lougovski and R. C. Pooser, An Observed-Data-Consistent Approach to the Assignment of Bit Values in a Quantum Random Number Generator, arXiv:1404.5977 (2014).

W. P. Grice, P. G. Evans, and R. C. Pooser “Quantum Key Distribution for the Smart Grid” in IEEE Vision for Smart Grid Communications: 2030 and Beyond, IEEE standards, pp. 345-351 (2013).

B. J. Lawrie and R. C. Pooser, Toward Real Time Quantum imaging with a single pixel camera, Optics Express 21, 7549 (2013).

B. J. Lawrie, P. Evans, R. C. Pooser, Extraordinary optical transmission of multimode quantum correlations via localized surface plasmons, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 156802 (2013).

R. C. Pooser, D. Earl, B. Williams, P. Evans, FPGA-based gating and logic for multichannel single photon counting, Journal of Modern Optics, special issue (invited), 59, 1500 DOI: 10.1080/09500340.2012.706325 (2012).

Z. Qin, J. Jing, J. Zhou, C. Liu, Z. Zhou, F. Hudelist, L. Cui, R. C. Pooser, and W. Zhang, A compact diode-laser-pumped quantum light source based on four wave mixing in hot rubidium vapor, Optics Letters 37, Issue 15, pp. 3141-3143 (2012).

C.Weedbrook, B. Perrett, K. V. Kheruntsyan, P. Drummond, R. C. Pooser, and O. Pfister, Resonant cascaded down-conversion, Phys. Rev. A 85, 033821 (2012).

C. Liu, J. Jing, Z. Zhou, R.C. Pooser, F. Hudelist, and W. Zhang, Realization of low frequency and controllable-bandwidth squeezing based on a four-wave-mixing amplifier in rubidium vapor, Optics Letters 36, 2979 (2011).

R. C. Pooser, A. M. Marino, V. Boyer, P. D. Lett, Quantum correlated light beams from non-degenerate four-wave mixing in an atomic vapor: the D1 and D2 lines of 85Rb and 87Rb, Optics Express, 17, 16722 (2009).

R. C. Pooser, K. M. Jones, A. M. Marino, V. Boyer, P. D. Lett, Low-Noise Amplification of a Continuous Variable Quantum State, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 010501 (2009).

A. M. Marino, R. C. Pooser, V. Boyer, P. D. Lett, Tunable delay of EPR correlations, Nature 457, 859-862 (12 February 2009). Featured in News and Views in Nature 457, 798-799 (12 February 2009).

V. Boyer, A. M. Marino, R. C. Pooser, and P. D. Lett, Entangling light in its spatial degrees of freedom with four-wave mixing in an atomic vapor, ChemPhysChem, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.200800734, US: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cphc.200800734

R. C. Pooser, V. Boyer, A. M. Marino, P. D. Lett, Squeezed Light and Entangled Images from Four-Wave-Mixing in Hot Rubidium Vapor, in Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging VI, edited by Ronald Meyers, Yanhua Shih, Keith Deacon, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 7092 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA, 2008) 70920G-1

A. M. Marino, V. Boyer, R. C. Pooser, P. D. Lett, K. Lemons, and K. M. Jones, Delocalized Correlations in Twin Light Beams with Orbital Angular Momentum, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 093602 (2008).

V. Boyer, A. M. Marino, R. C. Pooser, and P. D. Lett., Entangled Images From Four-Wave Mixing, Science 25 July 2008 321: 544-547; published online 12 June 2008 in Science Express Reports, DOI: 10.1126/science.1158275. Work was featured in Physics Today vol. 61 August 2008 issue, pp 16-18. Also featured in Science Perspective article “Let Quantum Mechanics Improve Your Images” by Robert Boyd.

A.S. Bradley, M.K. Olsen, O. Pfister, and R.C. Pooser, Bright tripartite entanglement in triply concurrent parametric down conversion, Physical Review A 72, 053805 (2005).

R.C. Pooser and O. Pfister, Observation of triply coincident nonlinearities in periodically poled KTiOPO4, Optics Letters 30, 2635 (2005). Work featured in the November 2005 issue of the Materials Research Society Bulletin. Also Featured in Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Science, November 2005.

O. Pfister, S. Feng, G. Jennings, R. Pooser, and D. Xie, Multipartite continuous-variable entanglement from concurrent nonlinearities, Physical Review A 70, 020302(R) (2004).

R.C. Pooser and O. Pfister, Particle-number scaling of the phase sensitivity in realistic Bayesian twin-mode Heisenberg-limited interferometry, Physical Review A 69, 043616 (2004).

R. C. Pooser, Quantum Information with Highly Accessible Continuous Variable States of Light: "local" Local Oscillators and Long Range Quantum Networks, SPIE Photonics West, Jan. 2017.

R. C. Pooser, Practical Quantum Sensing at Ultra Trace Levels with Squeezed States of Light, SPIE Photonics West, Jan. 2017

R. C. Pooser, Quantum Sensors, University of Toronto Dept. of Physics Seminar, Sept. 12, 2014.

R. C. Pooser, Towards Real Time Quantum Imaging Below the Diffraction Limit, presented at the Department of Physics Colloquium, University of Oklahoma, Jan 24, 2013.

R. C. Pooser, Quantum Optics from Four Wave Mixing in Rb vapor: from quantum noise reduction to quantum imaging, presented at the Department of Physics Colloquium, University of Tennessee, Jan 23, 2012.

R. C. Pooser, Quantum Optics from Four Wave Mixing in Rb vapor: from quantum imaging to entanglement, given at the East China Normal University Department of Physics Colloquium on December 3, 2010, Shanghai, China.

R. C. Pooser, Quantum Optics for  Quantum Sensors: from quantum imaging to force measurement, given at the Quantum Technology Applications Workshop, November 22, 2010, Santa Fe, NM.

RC Pooser, B Lawrie, Ultratrace Plasmonic Sensing below the Shot Noise Limit, CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science, FF1C. 7 (2016)

B Lawrie, W Fan, RC Pooser, Plasmonic Sensing with Quantum Noise, CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science, FM4N. 1 (2016)

A Malasi, H Taz, A Farah, M Patel, B Lawrie, RC Pooser, A Baddorf, G. Duscher, R. Kalyanaraman, Novel Iron-Based Amorphous Transparent Conducting Oxide, CLEO: Science and Innovations, JTh2A. 87 (2016)

M Dowran, M Holtfrerich, B Lawrie, R Davidson, R Pooser, A Marino, Transduction of Entangled Images by Localized Surface Plasmons, Bulletin of the American Physical Society, DAMOP (2016).

E Layden, T Coulter, J Lukens, B Lawrie, R Pooser, Locked SU (1, 1) Nonlinear Interferometer for Phase Shift Measurements in Triangular Nanohole Arrays, Bulletin of the American Physical Society, DAMOP (2016).

A Black, M Eaton, R Pooser, B Lawrie, Continuous-Variable Quantum Cluster-State Generation Using a Tapered Amplifier, 82nd Annual Meeting of the APS Southeastern Section (2015).

B Qi, HK Lo, CCW Lim, G Siopsis, EA Chitambar, RC Pooser, PG Evans, WP Grice, Free-space reconfigurable quantum key distribution network, 2015 IEEE International Conference on Space Optical Systems and Applications (2015).

B Lawrie, W Fan, P Evans, RC Pooser, Ultratrace Quantum Plasmonic Sensing, Optical Sensors, SeW1B. 4 (2015).

KA Marshall, R Pooser, G Siopses, C Weedbrook, Repeat-Until-Success Cubic Phase Gate, CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science, FTu4A. 8 (2015).

PG Evans, R Pooser, JC Schaake, Compressive Image Reconstruction Optimization for Single-Photon Gaussian Beam Profiles, Frontiers in Optics, FTh4C. 2 (2014).

B Lawrie, R Pooser, Ultrasensitive measurement of MEMS cantilever displacement below the photon shot noise limit, CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science, FM1A. 2 (2014).

Raphael C. Pooser and Benjamin Lawrie, Ultrasensitive Measurement of MEMS Cantilever Displacement Below the Photon Shot Noise Limit, Quantum Information and Measurement (2014).        

WP Grice, RC Pooser, BP Williams, Quantum repeater for spectrally entangled photons, CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science, FTu1A. 6 (2014).             

RC Pooser, P Evans, T Humble, W Grice, B Williams, Self correcting quantum random number generators using tapered amplifiers, Quantum Information and Measurement, W6. 37 (2013).

Raphael C. Pooser, Travis S. Humble, Philip G. Evans, Warren P. Grice and Brian W. Williams, An algorithmically defined QRNG, Qcrypt (2013).

R. C. Pooser, P. G. Evans, T. S. Humble, Self Correcting Quantum Random Number Generators using Tapered Amplifiers, IEEE summer topicals in photonics, July 20, 2013, Waikaloa, HI.

T. S. Humble, R. C. Pooser, and K. A. Britt, Quantum Statistical Testing of a QRNG Algorithm, IEEE summer topicals in photonics, July 20, 2013, Waikaloa, HI.

R. C. Pooser, P. G. Evans, T. S. Humble, W. P Grice, B. P. Williams, Self Correcting Quantum Random Number Generators using Tapered Amplifiers, Single Photon Workshop, Oct 15, 2013, Oak Ridge, TN.

R. C. Pooser, B. J. Lawrie, J. Schaake, D. D. Earl, T. S. Humble, Real Time Quantum Imaging via Compressed Sensing, Frontiers in Optics, Compressive sampling and image reconstruction, Oct 15, 2012, Rochester, NY.

W. P. Grice, D. Guo, E. Martin, D. Earl, E. Ferragut, R. C. Pooser, A beam profiler based on compressive imaging, Frontiers in Optics, Quantum measurements II, Oct 17, 2012, Rochester, NY.

B. J. Lawrie, P. Evans, R. C. Pooser, Multi-mode Squeezed Light Transduction via Localized Surface Plasmons, Frontiers in Optics, Quantum Plasmonics, Oct 17, 2012, Rochester, NY.

R. C. Pooser, B. J. Lawrie, J. Schaake, D. D. Earl, T. S. Humble, Real Time Quantum Imaging via Compressed Sensing, CLEO: Quantum Security and Imaging, May 16, 2012, San Jose, CA.

D. D. Earl, W. P. Grice, R. C. Pooser, D. Guo, E. Martin, A beam profiler based on compressive imaging, CLEO, May 11, 2012, San Jose, CA.

W. P. Grice, B. P. Williams, R. S. Bennink, D. D. Earl, P. G. Evans, T. S. Humble, R. C. Pooser, and J. Schaake, Multi-Client Quantum Key Distribution using Wavelength Division Multiplexing, SPIE Optics and Photonics: Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging IX, August 21, 2011, San Diego, CA.

R. C. Pooser, D. D. Earl, P. G. Evans, T. S. Humble, FPGA-based gating and logic for multichannel single photon counting, Single Photon Workshop 2011, June 27 – July 1, 2011, Braunschweig, Germany.

P. G. Evans, W. P. Grice, R. C. Pooser, J. Schaake, and B. P. Williams, Polarization Manipulating Quantum Lightwave Circuits, Single Photon Workshop 2011, June 27 – July 1, 2011, Braunschweig, Germany.

B. P. Williams, R. S. Bennink, D. D. Earl, P. G. Evans, W. P. Grice, T. S. Humble, R. C. Pooser, and J. Schaake, Multi-Client Quantum Key Distribution using Wavelength Division Multiplexing, 42nd Annual DAMOP Meeting, June 13, 2011, Atlanta, GA.

W. P. Grice, R. S. Bennink, P. G. Evans, T. S. Humble, R. C. Pooser, J. Schaake, and B. P. Williams, Strong Spectral Entanglement in Spontaneous  Parametric Down-Conversion, Frontiers in Optics, October 24, 2010, Rochester, New York.

R. C. Pooser, A. M. Marino, V. Boyer, K. M. Jones, and P. D. Lett, Low Noise Amplification of a Continuous Variable Quantum State, SPIE 2010 Defense, Security, and Sensing meeting, April 8-9, 2010, Quantum Information and Computation VIII session, Orlando, FL.

 

Patents

System and method for key generation in security tokens PG Evans, TS Humble, NR Paul, RC Pooser, SJ Prowell, US Patent 9,172,698

Quantum Random Number Generator, R.C. Pooser, US Patent 9,335,973

Self-correcting random number generator, RC Pooser, TS Humble, Patent App. 14/178,863 (granted)

System and Method for Secured Communication; US Patent 20,150,288,517

 

Facilities Used

CNMS

OLCF