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March 11 Quantum Astronomy Tucson

One day workshop in Tucson

Charting Quantum Horizons: Establishing a Roadmap for Microarcsecond Astronomy

Optical interferometry has undergone a revolution in the last few years that now brings into focus the future of this rapidly developing field. In particular, achieving baselines that exceed the current limitations of a few hundred meters would push new frontiers of microarcsecond science. Such capabilities would open up an entirely new phase space of high-resolution astronomical research that could lead to breakthroughs in fields such as exoplanets, stellar physics, young stars / disks, active galactic nuclei (AGN) and supermassive black holes (SMBHs).

Roadmaps for expanding baselines by several orders of magnitude over current optical imaging arrays are now being explored, where limitations due to photon loss can be addressed by quantum-enhanced methods utilizing resources such as quantum memories and entanglement. This is the ideal time to establish collaborations between the astronomy and quantum communities to ensure this opportunity for microarcsecond science can be realized.

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