Opportunities

Membership in IQIM is through affiliation with an IQIM faculty member or research group participating in IQIM. IQIM is not a separate department; all members of IQIM are also members of the Physics, Applied Physics, Computer Science, or other associated department. The path to join IQIM is first to join the institute in the appropriate category:

  • Postdoctoral Scholars apply through specific calls (such as IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar, Burke Fellows) or directly with Caltech faculty members.
  • Graduate students are admitted by Caltech department: Physics, Applied Physics, Computer Science, etc.
  • Undergraduate students affiliate through acceptance to Caltech, and then by association with an IQIM faculty member. Participation can be through undergraduate research fellowships (SURF), or involvement in outreach activities such as Physics Club or InnoWorks.

Several key roles in the IQIM outreach efforts include graduate students; they have led qcraft (the quantum application of the online game MineCraft) demonstrations and collaborative games, and have taken on the role of guest curator for the IQIM twitter account.

Postdoctoral Scholars are often key mentors to graduate students and to undergraduates participating in the SURF program.

Program Details

Undergraduates can affiliate with IQIM through participation in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Program. An overview of the program, including details about the program and FAQ is available here.

Examples of participation in the SURF program include this Caltech Media story about Patrick Rall, A Passion for Entanglement and these IQIM publications co-authored with SURF students:

General information about applying to Caltech is available on the admissions page and the Graduate Office webpage.  A broad listing of internal and external graduate fellowships is included on the Graduate Office webpage.

Caltech’s Physics department also lists research opportunities and links to fellowships, including detailed information about the program.

An overview of the Applied Physics & Material Science department with details on courses and timelines is available here.

Information about applying as an IQIM postdoctoral scholar is available here. Opportunities for Postdoctoral positions are listed on the Caltech application website and the PMA and EAS websites.

IQIM Activities for Students and Postdocs

The IQIM weekly seminar is run by Graduate students and Postdocs; it is currently organized by Graduate student Tejas Deshpande, who also maintains a video archive. Student organizers select and invite the speakers from Caltech and other institutions. The weekly talk begins with an introduction followed by a short break and refreshments. A focused topic-specific session follows the break, and concludes with additional discussion. This format accommodates members of IQIM who may not be topic specialists, while still allowing time for specific discussion of research and challenges for those who wanted a more detailed talk.

Graduate students assume many key roles in IQIM outreach efforts. They have led qCraft (the quantum application of the online game MineCraft) demonstrations and collaborative games, and have taken on the role of guest curator for the IQIM twitter account.

Postdoctoral Scholars are often key mentors to graduate students and to undergraduates participating in the SURF program.

Courses Related to IQIM Research

A current listing of courses can be found here.

Basic

  • Ph 125 abc. Quantum Mechanics, Instructors: Chen, Cheung
  • Ph 127 abc. Statistical Physics, Instructors: Alicea, Refael

Intermediate and Advanced:

  • Ph 135a Condensed Matter, Instructor: Motrunich
  • Ph 135b Quantum Optics, Instructors: Schwab, Kimble
  • Ph/CS 219 a. Quantum Computation, Instructor: Kitaev
  • Ph/APh 223 abc. Advanced Condensed-Matter Physics, Instructors: Alicea, Motrunich
  • APh 114 abc. Solid-State Physics, Instructors: Atwater, Schwab
  • APh 190 abc. Quantum Electronics, Instructors: Vahala, Painter
  • APh 150 abc. Introduction to Quantum Devices, Instructor: Painter

Related topics:

  • EE/APh 131. Light Interaction with Atomic Systems – Lasers, Instructor: Atwater
  • EE/APh 180. Nanotechnology, Instructor: Scherer
  • APh/MS 105 abc. States of Matter, Instructors: Johnson, Fultz

Contact Information

Marcia Brown

IQIM Program Administrator
150 West Bridge Laboratory, MC 103-33
Phone: (626) 395-4013
Email: marciab@caltech.edu