Recent Experimental Advances in Quantum Radar

Dear IEEE members and invited guests

The next IEEE Control, Aerospace and Electronic Systems (CAES) seminar will be on August 10th, 2020 at 7:30pm (Adelaide time).

The speaker is Dr Ben Sparkes from the Defence Science and Technology Group and they will be presenting a seminar on:

Recent Experimental Advances in Quantum Radar.

Please aim to join the WebEx meeting before hand, so we can start on time.

Meeting number:130 668 7592scWcN526
Meeting password:pvSscWcN526


Waddah Al-Ashwal

IEEE SA CAES Chapter Vice Chair

Recent Experimental Advances in Quantum Radar

Quantum-based techniques for stand-off imaging and ranging, known collectively as “quantum radar”, have long promised significant improvement over classical radars in areas such as sensitivity, resolution, jamming resistance, and the detection of stealth aircraft. In this talk I will provide an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of different types of potential quantum radar implementations, focusing on several exciting recent experimental implementations.


Ben Sparkes of Defence Science and Technology Group

Ben obtained his PhD from the Australian National University in 2013, where he developed techniques to store and manipulate optical quantum information. He then moved to the University of Melbourne to work on the creation of a cold atom electron and ion source. In 2017 Ben was awarded an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship and joined the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, University of Adelaide working towards realising a fibre-based optical quantum information network for absolutely-secure communications and next-generation computing. In 2020 Ben joined the Defence Science and Technology Group as a Quantum Technology Researcher, where he is working on projects ranging from compact atomic clocks through to extremely sensitive magnetometers. Other career highlights include spending three months working at Columbia University in New York City in 2019 on a Fulbright Future Scholarship and being named the South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year in 2018.