Barry Sanders

Name:Barry Sanders




Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada


Imperial College Doctor of Science


Director, Institute for Quantum Science and Technology, University of Calgary


AITF iCORE Strategic Chair in Quantum Information Science, Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary


iCORE Chair of Quantum Science and Technology, Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary


Director, Institute for Quantum Information Science, University of Calgary


iCORE Professor of Quantum Information Science Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary


Adjunct Professor, Physics, Macquarie University


Professor, Physics, Macquarie University


Head of Department, Physics, Macquarie University


Associate Professor, Physics, Macquarie University


Diploma of Imperial College


Doctor of Philosophy (Physics with P. L. Knight) Imperial College


Diploma of Imperial College (Mathematical Physics with T. W. B. Kibble) University of Calgary


Bachelor of Science (Honours Physics) University of Calgary




Theoretical quantum information


quantum optics


quantum control


 Former Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Nigum Arshed (ORCID)

Wei-Wei Zhang (homepage, ORCID)

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

PhD Students

Xu Shu (homepage, ORCID)

Wu Jizhou (homepage, ORCID)

Sun Xiangxiang (ORCID)

Akhtar Munir (homepage, ORCID)

Naeem Akhtar (homepage, ORCID)

Abdul Wahab Khan (ORCID)

Marouane Hanhasse (ORCID)

MSc Students




M. Saffman, I. I. Beterov, A. Dalal, E. J. Paez and B. C. Sanders, Symmetric Rydberg CZ gates with adiabatic pulses, Physical Review A, 13 May 2020, arXiv. org:1912.02977. (accepted or in press).


A. Khalique, H. de Guise and B. C. Sanders, Interferometrically estimating a quadratic form for any immanant of a matrix and its permutations, Physical Review A 101(5): 052314 (9 pp.), 7 May 2020.


D. Lake, M. J. Mitchell, B. C. Sanders and P. E. Barclay, Two-colour interferometry and switching through optomechanical dark mode excitation, Nature Communications 11: 2208 (7 pp.), 5 May 2020.


M. Jafarzadeh, Y.-D. Wu, Y. R. Sanders and B. C. Sanders, Randomized benchmarking for qudit Clifford gates, New Journal of Physics, 15 April 2020, arXiv. org:1911.08162. (accepted or in press).


S. Asgarnezhad-Zorgabad, R. Sadighi-Bonabi, B. Kibler, S. K. Özdemir and B. C. Sanders, Surface-polaritonic phase singularities and multimode polaritonic frequency combs via dark rogue-wave excitation in hybrid plasmonic waveguide, New Journal of Physics 22(3): 033008 (23 pp.), 6 March 2020.


W. K. Tham, H. Ferretti, K. Bonsma-Fisher, A. Brodutch, B. C. Sanders, A. M. Steinberg and S. Jeffery, Experimental demonstration of quantum fully homomorphic encryption with application in a two-party secure protocol, Physical Review X 10(1): 011038 (17 pp.), 18 February 2020.


X. Zhan, K. K. Wang, L. Xiao, Z. H. Bian, Y. S. Zhang, B. C. Sanders, C. J. Zhang and P. Xue, Experimental quantum cloning in a pseudo-unitary system, Physical Review A 101(1): 010302(R) (7 pp.), 17 January 2020.


M. Habibidavijani and B. C. Sanders, Continuous-variable ramp quantum secret sharing with Gaussian states and operations, New Journal of Physics 21(11): 113023 (24 pp.), 12 November 2019.


S. Sadana, B. C. Sanders and U. Sinha, Double-slit interferometry as a lossy beam splitter, New Journal of Physics 21(11): 113022 (21 pp.), 12 November 2019.


A. Karigowda, Adwaith K. V., Pradosh K. N., S. Sudha, B. C. Sanders, F. Bretenaker and A. Narayanan, Phase-sensitive amplification of an optical field using microwaves, Optics Express 27(22): 32111 - 32121, 28 October 2019.


S. Sadana, B. C. Sanders and U. Sinha, Double-slit interferometry as a lossy beam splitter, New Journal of Physics, 16 October 2019. (accepted or in press).


J.-Z. Wu, W. W. Zhang and B. C. Sanders, Topological quantum walks: theory and experiments, Frontiers of Physics 14(6): 61301 (6 pp.), 27 July 2019.


Y.-D. Wu and B. C. Sanders, Efficient verification of bosonic quantum channels via benchmarking, New Journal of Physics 21: 073026 (22 pp.), 17 July 2019.


P. Palittapongarnpim and B. C. Sanders, Robustness of quantum-enhanced adaptive phase estimation, Physical Review A 100(1): 012106 (17 pp.), 8 July 2019.


N. Shukla, N. Akhtar and B. C. Sanders, Quantum tetrachotomous states: Superposition of four coherent states on a line in phase space, Physical Review A 99(6): 063813 (14 pp.), 10 June 2019.


K. K. Wang, X.-Z. Qiu, L. Xiao, X. Zhan, Z. H. Bian, B. C. Sanders, W. Yi and P. Xue, Observation of emergent momentum-time skyrmions in parity-time-symmetric non-unitary quench dynamics, Nature Communications 10: 2293 (8 pp.), 29 May 2019.


S. Asgarnezhad-Zorgabad, P. Berini and B. C. Sanders, Polaritonic frequency-comb generation and breather propagation in a negative-index metamaterial with a cold four-level atomic medium, Physical Review A 99(5): 051802(R) (5 pp.), 10 May 2019.


V. V. Konotop, B. C. Sanders and D. A. Zezyulin, Spectral singularities of a potential created by two coupled microring resonators, Optics Letters 44(8): 2024 - 2027, 9 April 2019.


K.-J. Wei, N. Tischler, S.-R. Zhao, Y.-H. Li, J. M. Arrazola, Y. Liu, W.-J. Zhang, H. Li, L.-X. You, Z. Wang, Y. -A. Chen, B. C. Sanders, Q. Zhang, G. J. Pryde, F.-H. Xu and J.-W. Pan, Experimental quantum switching for exponentially superior quantum communication complexity, Physical Review Letters 122(12): 120504 (6 pp.), 28 March 2019.


L. Xiao, X.-Z. Qiu, K. K. Wang, Z. H. Bian, X. Zhan, H. Obuse, B. C. Sanders, W. Yi and P. Xue, Higher winding number in a non-unitary photonic quantum walk, Physical Review A 98(6): 063847 (10 pp.), 28 December 2018.


W. Sun, C.-R. Yi, B.-Z. Wang, W. W. Zhang, B. C. Sanders, X.-T. Xu, Z.-Y. Wang, J. Schmiedmayer, Y.-J. Deng, X.-J. Liu, S. Chen and J.-W. Pan, Uncover topology by quantum quench dynamics, Physical Review Letters 121(25): 250403 (5 pp.), 18 December 2018,


R J. Spiteri, M Schmidt, J. Ghosh, E. Zahedinejad and B. C. Sanders, Quantum control for high-fidelity multi-qubit gates, New Journal of Physics 20(11): 113009 (13 pp.), 6 November 2018.


H. de Guise, L. Maccone, B. C. Sanders and N. Shukla, State-independent uncertainty relations, Physical Review A 98(4):042121 (8 pp.) 22 October 2018.


C. Chen, X. Ding, J. Qin, Y. He, Y.-H. Luo, M.-C. Chen, C. Liu, X.-L. Wang, W.-J. Zhang, H. Li, L.-X. You, Z. Wang, D.-W. Wang, B. C. Sanders, C.-Y. Lu and J.-W. Pan, Observation of topologically protected edge states in a photonic two-dimensional quantum walk, Physical Review Letters 121(10): 100502 (6 pp.), 6 September 2018.


S. Asgarnezhad-Zorgabad, R. Sadighi-Bonabi and B. C. Sanders, Excitation and propagation of surface polaritonic rogue waves and breathers, Physical Review A 98(1): 013825 (17 pp.), 13 July 2018.


J.-Z. Wu, H. de Guise and B. C. Sanders, Coincidence landscapes for polarized bosons, Physical Review A 98(1): 013817 (11 pp.), 10 July 2018.


Y.-D. Wu, A. Khalid and B. C. Sanders, Efficient code for relativistic quantum summoning, New Journal of Physics 20(6): 063052 (18 pp.), 29 June 2018.


M. Ahmadi, H. B. Dang, G. Gour and B. C. Sanders, Quantification and manipulation of magic states, Physical Review A 97(6): 062332 (9 pp.), 20 June 2018.


A. Khalid, D. Spivak, B. C. Sanders and H. de Guise, Permutational symmetries for coincidence rates in multimode multiphotonic interferometry, Physical Review A (6): 063802 (18 pp.), 5 June 2018,


S. Xu, X. X. Sun, J. Z. Wu, W. W. Zhang, N. Arshed and B. C. Sanders, Quantum walk on a chimera graph, New Journal of Physics 20(5): 053039 (13 pp.), 15 May 2018.


P. Palittapongarnpim and B. C. Sanders, Enter the machine, Nature Physics 14(5): 432 - 433, 1 May 2018.


Z. Shaterzadeh-Yazdi, B. C. Sanders and G. A. DiLabio, Ab-Initio characterization of coupling strength for all types of dangling-bond pairs on the hydrogen-terminated Si(100)-2x1 surface, Journal of Chemical Physics 148(15): 154701 (8 pp.), 16 April 2018. (Editor's Pick).


K. K. Wang, X. P. Wang, X. Zhan, Z. H. Bian, J. Li, B. C. Sanders and P. Xue, Entanglement-enhanced quantum metrology in a noisy environment, Physical Review A 97(4): 042112 (10 pp.), 7 April 2018. 


D.-X. Quan, L.-L. Zhu, C.-X. Pei and B. C. Sanders, Fault-tolerant conversion between adjacent Reed-Muller quantum codes based on gauge fixing, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical51(11): 115305 (16 pp.), 19 February 2018.


N. Sang-Nourpour, B. Lavoie, R. Kheradmand, M. Rezaei and B. C. Sanders, Characterization of surface-plasmon polaritons at lossy interfaces, Journal of Optics 19(12): 125004 (12 pp.), 20 November 2017.


W. W. Zhang, B. C. Sanders, S. Apers, S. K. Goyal and D. L. Feder, Detecting topological transitions in two dimensions by Hamiltonian evolution, Physical Review Letters 119(19): 197401 (6 pp.), 6 November 2017. 


X. Zhan, L. Xiao, Z. H. Bian, K. K. Wang, X.-Z. Qiu, B. C. Sanders, W. Yi and P. Xue, Detecting topological invariants in nonunitary discrete-time quantum walks, Physical Review Letters 119(13): 130501 (6 pp.), 27 September 2017.


M. Ahmadi, Y.-D. Wu and B. C. Sanders, Relativistic (2,3)-threshold quantum secret sharing, Physical Review D 96(6): 065018 (10 pp.), 25 September 2017.


P. Fraser and B. C. Sanders, Loophole-free Bell tests and the falsification of local realism, The Journal of Student Science and Technology 10(1): 23 - 30, 28 August 2017.


H.-L. Huang, Q. Zhao, X. F. Ma, C. Liu, Z.-E. Su, X.-L. Wang, L. Li, N.-L. Liu, B. C. Sanders, C.-Y. Lu and J.-W. Pan, Experimental blind quantum computing for a classical client, Physical Review Letters 119(05): 050503 (5 pp.), 2 August 2017. 


L. Xiao, X. Zhan, Z. H. Bian, K. K. Wang, X. Zhang, X. P. Wang, J. Li, K. Mochizuki, D. Kim, N. Kawakami, W. Yi, H. Obuse, B. C. Sanders and P. Xue, Observation of topological edge states in parity-time-symmetric quantum walks, Nature Physics 13: 1117 - 1123, 31 July 2017. 


M. Ghosh, A. Karigowda, A. Jayaraman, F. Bretenaker, B. C. Sanders and A. Narayanan, Demonstration of a high-contrast optical switching in an atomic Delta system, Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 50(16): 165502 (8 pp.), 31 July 2017. 


S. M. Barnett, A. Beige, A. Ekert, B. M. Garraway, C. H. Keitel, V. Kendon, M. Lein, G. J. Milburn, H. M. Moya-Cessa, M. Murao, J. K. Pachos, G. M. Palma, E. Paspalakis, S. J. D. Phoenix, B. Piraux, M. Plenio, B. C. Sanders, J. Twamley, A. Vidiella-Barranco and M. S. Kim, Journeys from quantum optics to quantum technology, Progress in Quantum Electronics 54: 19 - 45, 19 July 2017. 


D. Wang, C. Liu, C.-S. Xiao, J.-X. Zhang, H. M. Alotaibi, B. C. Sanders, L.-G. Wang and S.-Y. Zhu, Strong coherent light amplification with double electromagnetically induced transparency coherences, Scientific Reports 7: 5796 (8 pp.), 19 July 2017. 


W. W. Zhang, S. K. Goyal, C. Simon and B. C. Sanders, Decomposition of split-step quantum walks for simulating Majorana modes and edge states, Physical Review A 95(5): 052351 (7 pp.), 30 May 2017. 


P. Palittapongarnpim, P. Wittek, E. Zahedinejad, S. Vedaie and B. C. Sanders, Learning in quantum control: High-dimensional global optimization for noisy quantum dynamics, Neurocomputing 268: 116 - 126, 30 April 2017.


H. Lu, C. Liu, D.-S. Wang, L.-K. Chen, Z.-D. Li, X.-C. Yao, L. Li, N.-L. Liu, C.-Z. Peng, B. C. Sanders, Y. -A. Chen and J.-W. Pan, Experimental quantum channel simulation, Physical Review A 95(4): 042310 (8 pp.), 10 April 2017. 


T. Hill, B. C. Sanders and H. Deng, Cooperative light scattering in any dimension, Physical Review A 95(3): 033832 (5 pp.), 24 March 2017.


M. Y. Niu, B. C. Sanders, F. N. C. Wong and J. H. Shapiro, Unity-efficiency parametric down-conversion via amplitude amplification, Physical Review Letters 118(12): 123601 (6 pp.), 23 March 2017.


M. Beig-Mohammadi, N. Sang-Nourpour, B. C. Sanders, B. Lavoie and R. Kheradmand, Hybrid modes tunability in metamaterial nano-waveguides, Optical Engineering 56(2): 027105 (9 pp.), 15 February 2017. 


A. Khalique and B. C. Sanders, Long-distance quantum key distribution using concatenated entanglement swapping with practical resources, Optical Engineering 56(1): 016114 (8 pp.), 25 January 2017,


H. M. Alotaibi and B. C. Sanders, Enhanced nonlinear susceptibility via double-double electromagnetically induced transparency, Physical Review A 94(5): 053832 (11 pp.), 16 November 2016. 


E. Zahedinejad, J. Ghosh and B. C. Sanders, Designing high-fidelity single-shot three-qubit gates: A machine-learning approach, Physical Review Applied 6(5): 054005 (18 pp.), 16 November 2016. 


W. W. Zhang, S. K. Goyal, F. Gao, B. C. Sanders and C. Simon, Creating cat states in one-dimensional quantum walks using delocalized initial states, New Journal of Physics 18(9): 093025 (14 pp.), 14 September 2016.


P. Hayden, S. Nezami, G. Salton and B. C. Sanders, Spacetime replication of continuous variable quantum information, New Journal of Physics 18(8): 083043 (30 pp.), 24 August 2016.


E. Martín-Martínez and B. C. Sanders, Precise space-time positioning for entanglement harvesting, New Journal of Physics 18(4): 043031 (10 pp.), 20 April 2016.


M. Adcock, P. Høyer and B. C. Sanders, Quantum computation with coherent spin states and the close Hadamard problem, Quantum Information Processing 15(4): 1361 - 1386, 1 April 2016. 


K.-P. Marzlin, A. Panwar, M. S. G. Razul and B. C. Sanders, Propagation of radiation pulses through gas-plasma mixtures, Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 49(7): 075501 (13 pp.), 17 March 2016, 


J. Ghosh and B. C. Sanders, Quantum simulation of macro and micro quantum phase transition from paramagnetism to frustrated magnetism with a superconducting circuit, New Journal of Physics 18(3): 033015 (8 pp.), 7 March 2016, 


I. Dhand, A. Khalid, H. Lu and B. C. Sanders, Accurate and precise characterization of linear optical interferometers, Journal of Optics 18(3): 035204 (20 pp.), 29 February 2016, 


X. Zhan, X. Zhang, J. Li, B. C. Sanders and P. Xue, Realization of the contextuality-nonlocality tradeoff with a qubit-qutrit photon pair, Physical Review Letters 116(9): 090401 (4 pp.), 29 February 2016. (Editors' Suggestion).


E. Bae, G. Gour, S. Lee, J. Park and B. C. Sanders, Stability theorem of depolarizing channels for the minimal output quantum Rényi entropies, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical  49(11): 115304 (13 pp.), 2 February 2016. 


Y. R. Sanders, J. J. Wallman and B. C. Sanders, Bounding quantum gate error rate based on reported average fidelity, New Journal of Physics 18(1): 012002 (13 pp.), 21 December 2015. 


I. Dhand, B. C. Sanders and H. de Guise, Algorithms for SU(n) boson realizations and D-functions, Journal of Mathematical Physics 56(11): 111705 (19 pp.), 12 November 2015,


A. Khalique and B. C. Sanders, Practical long-distance quantum key distribution through concatenated entanglement swapping with parametric down-conversion sources , Journal of the Optical Society of America B 32(11): 2382 - 2390, 30 October 2015. 


M. Tillmann, S.-H. Tan, S. E. Stoeckl, B. C. Sanders, H. de Guise, R. Heilmann, S. Nolte, A. Szameit and P. Walther, Generalized multi-photon quantum interference, Physical Review X 5(4): 041015, 27 October 2015, 


P. Xue, R. Zhang, Z. H. Bian, X. Zhan, H. Qin and B. C. Sanders, Localized state in a two-dimensional quantum walk on a disordered lattice, Physical Review A 92(4): 042316, 30 September 2015.


G. K. Brennen, P. Rohde, B. C. Sanders and S. Singh, Multiscale quantum simulation of quantum field theory using wavelets, Physical Review A 92(3): 032315 (11 pp.), 15 September 2015,


V. Gheorghiu, M. C. de Oliveira and B. C. Sanders, Nonzero classical discord, Physical Review Letters 115(3): 030403 (5 pp.), 14 July 2015,


Z. H. Bian, J. Li, H. Qin, X. Zhan, R. Zhang, B. C. Sanders and P. Xue, Realization of single-qubit positive operator-valued measurement via a one-dimensional photonic quantum walk, Physical Review Letters 114(2): 203602 (5 pp.), 22 May 2015,