Latest News and Research
Latest News and Research
JQI Fellow Gretchen Campbell has been named the new NIST Co-Director of the Joint Quantum Institute, effective April 1, 2016. Campbell joined the JQI in 2009 and is also a UMD Adjunct Associate Professor and APS Fellow. In recent years she has received various accolades for her atomtronics research, including the APS Maria Goeppert-Mayer award. Campbell succeeds JQI Fellow Charles Clark, who... Continue Reading
Oscillating currents point to practical application for topological insulators
- April 22, 2016
- Research News
Scientists studying an exotic material have found a potential application for its unusual properties, a discovery that could improve devices found in most digital electronics.Under the right conditions the material, a compound called samarium hexaboride, is a topological insulator—something that conducts electricity on its surface but not through its interior. The first topological insulators... Continue Reading
The swirling field of a magnet—rendered visible by a sprinkling of iron filings—emerges from the microscopic behavior of atoms and their electrons. In permanent magnets, neighboring atoms align and lock into place to create inseparable north and south poles. For other materials, magnetism can be induced by a field strong enough to coax atoms into alignment.In both cases, atoms are typically... Continue Reading
Rogue rubidium leads to atomic anomalyUnexpected high-energy atoms illuminate the physics of potential quantum processors
The behavior of a few rubidium atoms in a cloud of 40,000 hardly seems important. But a handful of the tiny particles with the wrong energy may cause a cascade of effects that could impact future quantum computers. Some proposals for quantum devices use Rydberg atoms—atoms with highly excited electrons that roam far from the nucleus—because they interact strongly with each other and offer easy... Continue Reading
Nanoscale cavity strongly links quantum particlesSingle photons can quickly modify individual electrons embedded in a semiconductor chip and vice versa
- February 8, 2016
- Research News
Today’s networks use electronic circuits to store information and optical fibers to carry it, and quantum networks may benefit from a similar framework. Such networks would transmit qubits – quantum versions of ordinary bits – from place to place and would offer unbreakable security for the transmitted information. But researchers must first develop ways for qubits that are better at storing... Continue Reading
Sankar Das Sarma included on Thomson Reuter’s 2015 list of Highly Cited Researchers
- January 29, 2016
- People News
Beating the heatUltrafast sensing and quantum control
Harnessing quantum systems for information processing will require controlling large numbers of basic building blocks called qubits. The qubits must be isolated, and in most cases cooled such that, among other things, errors in qubit operations do not overwhelm the system, rendering it useless. Led by JQI Fellow Christopher Monroe, physicists have recently demonstrated important steps towards... Continue Reading
Phil Richerme is a postdoc in Chris Monroe's Trapped Ion Quantum Information Group. He studies quantum magnetism using a well-controlled and well-isolated system of atomic ion spins, realizing Feynman's original proposal for a quantum simulator. These experiments probe the ground state and dynamical evolution of interacting spin systems, which are difficult (or impossible) for classical computers to calculate for even a few dozen spins. Phil received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2012, working with Gerald Gabrielse and the ATRAP collaboration at CERN to trap antihydrogen atoms for sensitive tests of CPT symmetry.
Shantanu Debnath is a graduate student in Chris Monroe's trapped ion quantum information group. He earned an undergraduate degree in engineering physics from the Indian Institute of Technology-Mumbai and afterward briefly studied the correlations that arise in 3- and 4-qubit entangled quantum states. As a PhD student at JQI, he has helped develop a 5-qubit trapped ion quantum computer that a user can program with any sequence of logic gates. This software-defined connectivity of many qubits opens up the possibility of executing large-scale quantum algorithms and simulations.
Zachary Eldredge, a PhD student at JQI and QuICS, received undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics from the University of Oklahoma. At JQI, he has studied the emergence of a self-organized structure in atoms near a nanofiber, working closely with Luis Orozco’s to investigate nanofiber platforms and cold atom physics. Now, he works with Alexey Gorshkov and studies the physics of long-range quantum information and quantum networks.
Former NRC postdoctoral fellow Steven Olmschenk is currently faculty at Denison University located in Granville, Ohio. Steve was a graduate student in Chris Monroe’s Trapped Ion Quantum Information group and then a postdoc in the NIST Laser Cooling and Trapping Group. While at NIST he worked on Trey Porto’s double-well optical lattice experiment. At Dension he has a group researching physics at the interface of quantum optics and trapped atomic ions http://personal.denison.edu/~olmschenks/.
Wes Campbell is a JQI alumni and now a faculty member at UCLA where his group studies cold molecules and trapped ions. His cold molecule research is an outgrowth of the NSF Physics Frontier Center’s seed funding program, here at JQI. While at JQI, Wes did research in Chris Monroe’s trapped ion quantum information group. Wes was instrumental in constructing an experiment that focuses on ultrafast gates with ions. Later in his postdoc, he worked on quantum simulations of magnetism with ion chains. More about his current group at http://campbellgroup.physics.ucla.edu/
Jonathan Vannucci, a graduate fellow at JQI, received undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh. There, his research focused on using nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond as magnetic sensors. Now, he works in the quantum materials device laboratory with James Williams to engineer Silicon based nano-devices intended to probe the dynamics of the spin-glass transition near the Metal-Insulator-Transition in Silicon. They further wish to exploit this exotic many-body system in hope of developing new techniques of quantum computation.
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