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Alicia Kollár

Assistant Professor

Alicia Kollár portrait

Contact Information



PSC 2112 (Office)
University of Maryland
Atlantic Building 2207
College Park, MD 20742

Office Phone:
(301) 405-4058
PSC B0156

Research Groups

Recent Publications

Recent News

  • a figure of a particular mathematical graph that looks like a criss-crossed grid

    Graphs May Prove Key in Search for Holy Grail of Quantum Error Correction

    October 24, 2022

    In February 2019, JQI Fellow Alicia Kollár, who is also an assistant professor of physics at UMD, bumped into Adrian Chapman, then a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sydney, at a quantum information conference. Although the two came from very different scientific backgrounds, they quickly discovered that their research had a surprising commonality. They both shared an interest in graph theory, a field of math that deals with points and the connections between them. Their ensuing collaboration resulted in a new tool that aids in the search for new quantum error correction schemes—including the Holy Grail of self-correcting quantum error correction. They published their findings recently in the journal Physical Review X Quantum.

  • Alicia  Kollár wearing glasses and a blue and white plaid shirt in front of red and clear windows.

    JQI Fellow Kollár Bridges Abstract Math and Realities of the Lab

    March 30, 2022

    The research of JQI Fellow Alicia Kollár, who is also a Chesapeake Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, embodies the give and take between physics and mathematics. In her lab, she brings abstract theories to life and in turn collaborates on new theorems. She has forged a research program of manipulating light on a chip, coaxing the light into behaving as though it lives on the surface of a sphere, or a mathematical abstraction known as a hyperbolic surface. She also collaborates with mathematicians, furthering both the understanding of what these chips can do and their underlying mathematics. A direct collaboration with pure mathematicians is uncommon for a physicist, particularly an experimentalist. But Kollár is no stranger to mathematics.

  • Alicia  Kollár wearing glasses and a blue and white plaid shirt in front of red and clear windows.

    JQI Fellow Kollár Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

    February 15, 2022

    JQI Fellow Alicia Kollár has been awarded a prestigious 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship. This award is given to early career researchers by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to recognize distinguished performance and the potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Each fellowship provides $75,000 to support the fellow’s research over two years.