Remembering Stephen Hawking’s Greatest Scientific Accomplishment — and My Famous Bet Against Him

John Preskill's thoughts about his colleague and friend, Stephen Hawking appear in Time Magazine. While his scientific accomplishments alone would suffice to ensure an enduring legacy, Stephen Hawking also became one of the world’s most successful popularizers of science. Stephen firmly believed that the quest for a complete theory of the universe should be accessible [...]

2018-03-16T10:00:02+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Interviews, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

New work by Vidick and collaborators featured in Nature Communications

A new paper, Practical device-independent quantum cryptography via entropy accumulation by Rotem Arnon-Friedman, Frédéric Dupuis, Omar Fawzi, Renato Renner, Thomas Vidick is in the January 31 issue of Nature Communications. Conventional quantum cryptography is already well developed both in theory and experiments. This is not the case, however, for device-independent quantum cryptography, which is the [...]

2018-01-31T09:57:30+00:00 January 31st, 2018|News, Publications, Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Quanta Article features work by Kitaev, Xie Chen and former student Jeongwan Haah

Quanta magazine's January 3 article, Physicists Aim to Classify All Possible Phases of Matter, provides an overview of current work and also reads like a family tree of connections within the IQIM community. Illustration from Quanta Magazine In the last three decades, condensed matter physicists have discovered a wonderland of exotic new phases [...]

2018-01-05T11:41:13+00:00 January 5th, 2018|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Adhikari and Chen groups explore Science and Art at Pioneer Works

This past summer, scientists from Caltech and other institutes gathered with artists and musicians to discuss everything from gravitational waves to tintype photography. The event took place at the Pioneer Works cultural center, which hosts exhibitions and lectures with the goal of bridging the gaps between different disciplines. For the Caltech physicists who attended the [...]

2018-03-15T16:18:30+00:00 December 11th, 2017|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Quantum Shorts 2017 contest! Enter by December 1

The Quantum Shorts competition is back! Led by partners at the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore, IQIM along with EQuS, IQC, QuantIC and QUTech along with media partners Scientific American and Nature are hosting our annual celebration of quantum-inspired creative works. This year's focus is on short fiction; you have [...]

2017-10-26T12:15:22+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar Positions for 2018

The Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) at Caltech invites applications for postdoctoral scholar positions in quantum science. IQIM investigators span Caltech’s departments of physics, applied physics, and computer science, and are interested in a wide spectrum of both experimental and theoretical research topics. These topics include, but are not limited to, quantum information science, [...]

2018-03-15T16:22:25+00:00 October 6th, 2017|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Faraon Group Develops First On-Chip Nanoscale Optical Quantum Memory

Artist's depiction of Faraon Group device. Credit: Ella Maru Studio Optical quantum memories are essential elements in quantum networks for long distance distribution of quantum entanglement. Recent work by the Faraon group led to development of a computer chip with nanoscale optical quantum memory. "This technology not only leads to extreme miniaturization of [...]

2017-09-22T14:59:05+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|News, Publications, Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Paper MBL-mobile: Many-body-localized engine

Schematic of many-body-localized (MBL) engine. Figure 1 from the paper. Authors Nicole Yunger Halpern, Christopher White, IQIM/Burke Institute alum Sarang Gopalakrishnan and Gil Refael released a new paper in which they designed an engine formed from a many-body localized system. The project combines quantum many-body physics with quantum thermodynamic, and features two branches [...]

2018-03-15T16:25:59+00:00 July 25th, 2017|News, Publications, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Superheros and the quantum realm

In a recent interview with Inverse Entertainment Spiros Michalakis, describes his input as a consultant on the Marvel Cinematic Universe series of films including Ant Man, Dr. Strange and Captain Marvel. He introduced the Marvel team to the idea of a quantum realm “This is a place where the nature of reality changes around you. [...]

2017-06-07T17:18:00+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Interviews, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hsieh group discovers first 3D quantum liquid crystal

These images show light patterns generated by a rhenium-based crystal using a laser method called optical second-harmonic rotational anisotropy. At left, the pattern comes from the atomic lattice of the crystal. At right, the crystal has become a 3-D quantum liquid crystal, showing a drastic departure from the pattern due to the atomic lattice [...]

2017-05-11T12:57:44+00:00 May 1st, 2017|News, Publications, Uncategorized|0 Comments