ASC 2018



Plenary Presentations



Probing the Universe with Gravitational Waves

Rainer Weiss

The lecture will describe portions of the difficult history of gravitational waves proposed about 100 years ago.


New Results from the G2 Axion Dark Matter Experiment

Gray Rybka

Gray Rybka reports the first results from exploring the range around 2.7 micro-eV last year, discuss this year's operations and review the ADMX G2 plans to continue the search to cover the entire mass range.


The Prospects for Scalable Quantum Computing with Superconducting Circuits

Robert Schoelkopf

Robert Schoelkopf presents the first implementation of a teleported C-NOT gate, which is a key building block for the modular approach.


MIRAI Program and the New Super-high Field NMR Initiative in Japan

Hideaki Maeda

A brief review of the JST-MIRAI Program, initial results of the investigation on superconducting joints, preliminary results for the medium field persistent NMR magnets, and the current status of the joints for railway systems.


Microstructure-Property Correlations in Superconducting Wires

Peter J. Lee

How key developments in our understanding of superconductors wire made possible by combining quantitative microscopic & microchemical techniques with detailed characterizations of superconducting properties.


High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) as Enabling Technology for Sustainable Mobility and Energy Efficiency

Tabea Arndt

Tabea Arndt (Siemens )examines HTS materials as possible enabling technologies for sustainable mobility and energy efficiency in power technology.


Superconducting RF Cavities and Future Particle Accelerators

Barry Barish

Prof. Barish opens the conference with a discussion that will stimulate our thoughts about large projects, such as particle accelerators, which rely upon superconductivity.


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Special Session on Quantum Information



Superconducting Quantum Computing Research in Japan

Yasunobu Nakamura

Professor Nakamura gives an overview of research activities on superconducting quantum computing in Japan, including his group's approach toward integrated superconducting qubit platforms for quantum computing.


Quantum Technologies in Europe – The Quantum Flagship Initiative

Thomas Ortlepp

The presentation gives a survey of the objectives and activities in Europe in the context of the quantum flagship covering all topics but emphasizing those based on superconducting materials and devices.


Superconducting Quantum Computing in China

Xiaobo Zhu

Professor Zhu first gives an overview of the Chinese government Quantum information programs. He then focuses on the main target quantum computing in the next few years in China.


Superconducting Quantum Computing Research and Applications in the United States

Moe Khalil

This presentation provides a survey of the activities in quantum computing research and development in the United States.


Quantum Annealing: Current Status and Future Directions

Richard Harris

This lecture consists of a brief review of current state-of-the-art QA technology by Richard Harris (D-Wave Systems).


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Introduction & Awards Presentations



Opening of ASC 2018

Matthew Jewell , Luigi Muzzi

General Chair Matt Jewell opens the ASC 2018 in Seattle, Washington. Program Chair Luigi Muzzi introduces the technical program for the conference.


Jan Evetts Award Presentation & In Memoriam Tribute

Catherine P. Foley , Bruce Strauss

Jan Evetts SUST awardee recognition followed by an In Memoriam video tribute to superconductivity community members that have passed since the 2016 ASC.

Awards Ceremony

IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship & ASC Best Student Paper Awards (2018)

Bruce Strauss

IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship & ASC Best Student Paper Awards presented on the Friday of ASC 2018 in Seattle.

Awards Ceremony

IEEE CSC Awards Presented at Applied Superconductivity Conference 2018; CSA Boom Award Presentation

Bruce Strauss

IEEE CSC Awards presented in Seattle at the ASC 2018, and Cryogenic Society of America Roger W. Boom award presentation by Chris Rey.


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IRDS (International Roadmap for Devices & Systems)



Part I - "Cramming More Qubits Onto Quantum Computers"

Paolo Gargini

Dr. Gargini provides an overview of the development of semiconductor technology roadmaps and their recent evolution to encompass other materials (including superconductors).


IRDS 2018 - Part II - Intro - "Focus on Cryogenics & Superconductors"

Scott Holmes

Dr. Holmes reprises some of the background regarding semiconductor technology roadmaps evolving recently into the "International Roadmap for Devices and Systems" (IRDS).


Part III - Panel Discussion

Nancy Missert , Pascal Febvre , Scott Holmes , Michael P. Frank , John Spargo , Deepnarayan Gupta , Oleg Mukhanov

Panelists share insights on the status & prospects for cryogenics-based & superconductivity-based technologies for computation, information, communication, including quantum computing.


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HTS Magnets Roundtable Discussion


Roundtable Discussion

HTS Magnets at the Frontier of Science and Technology

Joseph Minervini , Seungyong Hahn , Tengming Shen , Zachary Hartwig

Three experts in the fields of NMR/MRI, High Energy Physics, and Magnetic Confinement Fusion are brought together to discuss the expansion of the scientific and technical horizons enabled by HTS technology.


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