(LabMate.Online) The ZEISS Research Award for 2020 is Professor Jian-Wei Pan, based at the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei. One of the world’s leading researchers in the field of quantum technology, Jian-Wei Pan is noted for his remarkable work regarding the distribution of entangled photons over a distance of 1,200 km, by far the longest distance ever reached. He achieved this by using a light source installed on a satellite that emits entangled photons.
The biennial ZEISS Research Award, which carries 40,000 euros in prize money, is normally presented during the ZEISS Symposium, which was due to be held on June 17. In the light of the coronavirus situation this will now be presented to Professor Jian-Wei Pan during the 2021 Symposium.
He has also contributed significantly to the development of optical quantum computing. He creates complex quantum states of light, such as ensembles of up to ten entangled photons, or indistinguishable photons from many simultaneously operating single photon sources to perform boson sampling experiments. These experiments lay important foundations for optical quantum computing. The research work shows a way to scale up such systems and thus to make practical use of their advantages.