Research

The IQIM is driven by the belief that there is a rare convergence of theoretical insights and experimental capabilities that offers remarkable opportunities for discoveries of new principles and phenomena at the multidisciplinary interfaces of Physics and Quantum Information Science (QIS). IQIM aims to discover new physics in the quantum realm and to build scientific foundations for designing materials and devices with remarkable properties. Researchers in QIS and several fields of physics will come together to explore large-scale quantum phenomena that are possible when particles such as atoms, photons and electrons are strongly correlated or entangled.  In four major research thrusts outlined below, IQIM scientists investigate and manipulate entangled systems and materials in order to advance basic science and build the foundations for future technologies including quantum computers.

Quantum Information

in which the existing NSF sponsored Institute for Quantum Information (IQI – now integrated into IQIM) will take the lead in investigations of quantum coherence and entanglement as related to the physical properties of exotic quantum states of matter, as well as continuing its world leading programs on quantum computation and communication. Researchers in this area are Fernando Brandão, Xie ChenManuel EndresAlexei KitaevJohn Preskill, Gil RefaelLeonard Schulman, and Thomas Vidick.

Eisenstein Lab

Quantum Matter

with an emphasis on emergent quantum phenomena, including quantum Hall physics, topological states of matter, exotic magnetic systems, and ultra-cold atomic gases, with strong connections to powerful theoretical techniques from QIS. Our researchers in these areas are Xie ChenJim Eisenstein, Manuel EndresMatthew Fisher, David HsiehAlexei KitaevLesik MotrunichStevan Nadj-PergeGil Refael, and Nai-Chang Yeh.

Quantum Optics

in which capabilities for quantum control of strong interactions of single atoms and photons will be extended to explore quantum many-body systems composed of 1- and 2-D arrays of atoms whose interactions are mediated by photons in microscopic quantum optical circuits. Researchers in this area include professors Manuel Endres, Andrei FaraonJeff Kimble, Oskar Painter, Gil Refael, and Kerry Vahala.

Mechanical Quantum Systems

that will build upon recent advances in opto-and electro-mechanics  1) to achieve quantum control of single phonons in simple material systems, thereby enabling lithographic fabrication of quantum many-body systems with phonon mediated interactions, and 2) to create human-sized objects in entangled quantum states within the setting of LIGO. Faculty in this area include Rana Adhikari, Yanbei ChenJeff KimbleOskar Painter, Keith Schwab, and Kerry Vahala.