2019 IQIM Seminars

IQIM Seminar Series


The IQIM Seminar Series is a weekly event providing an overview of the different activities conducted within the IQIM through informal, accessible talks. Graduate students, post-docs and faculty are brought together to keep to date with progress in the different branches of the IQIM, with an opportunity for additional discussions at the provided lunch and coffee.

When, what, where

*Fridays, starting with lunch served at 12:00, in 114 East Bridge

Information for Speakers

Because of the varying backgrounds in the IQIM community, talks are welcome to be kept as simple as possible and on a high level. Speakers are encouraged to spend half of their presentation providing a fleshed-out introduction of their field to the full IQIM community, introducing and motivating all the relevant concepts and allowing the full audience to appreciate the importance of the presented results. A focus on a strong take-home message is usually preferable over detailed coverage of all latest results. We invite talks to target a length of 30-40min, bearing in mind that informality and interactivity with the audience are generally welcome and that the presentation length may in consequence naturally be prolonged to some extent. Questions and additional discussions may furthermore continue over coffee.

Organizing Committee

The IQIM Seminar Series is organized by a committee of graduate students and postdocs. Contact any one of us if you have any questions or wish to participate.

A list of all talks, including upcoming speakers can be found at on the Caltech master calendar.

Date Speaker Talk Title
December 6 Kohtaro Kato, Postdoctoral Scholar, Brandao Group
November 22 Alex Thomson, Sherman Fairchild Postdoctoral Scholar in Theoretical Physics
Recovery of massless Dirac fermions at charge neutrality in strongly interacting twisted bilayer graphene with disorder
November 15 Kevin Satzinger, Google *Talk will be in 105 Annenberg
Quantum Supremacy: Understanding and Calibrating the Sycamore Processor
November 8 András Gilyén, IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar, Vidick/Preskill group
Quantum-inspired classical sampling algorithms for machine learning
November 1 John Martinis, Research Scientist and Professor of Physics Google and UCSB Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor
October 25 Alireza Marandi, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics
Networks of Optical Parametric Oscillators: From Ising Machines to Quantum Photonic Engineering
October 18 Refael Jaramillo, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, MIT Defect-Level Switching: A New Mechanism for Electronic Devices
October 11 Hannes Pichler,  Moore Postdoctoral Scholar in Theoretical Physics Towards quantum information processing with arrays of Rydberg atoms
August 22 Gianmaria Durastante, Graduate Student, IQI, Austrian Academy of Sciences – Talk is at 12 noon Dipolar Quantum Mixtures of Erbium and Dysprosium: a new tool for quantum simulation
August 2 Jee Woo Park, Postdoctoral Scholar, Seoul National University – Talk is at 2 pm Experiments with strongly interacting Fermi gases of atoms and molecules
July 29 Wei Chen, Professor, PUC-Rio – Talk is at 3 pm Universality classes of topological phase transitions
June 20 Aishwarya Kumar, Graduate Student, Weiss Group, Pennsylvania State University – Talk begins at 11:30 am in 469 Lauritsen
Neutral atom quantum computing: Quantum gates and Maxwell’s demon
June 7 Oleg Kabernik, Graduate Student, Raussendorf Group, University of British Columbia Operator Algebras in Quantum Theory: A Practical Perspective
May 31 Jinsoo Park, Graduate Student, Bernardi Group &  Jin-Jian Zhou, Postdoctoral Scholar, Bernardi Group Ab initio electronic T1 spin relaxation times in silicon and diamond & Computing charge transport in materials from first principles
May 24 Hakan Türeci, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University Quantum Electrodynamics of Superconducting Circuits
May 17 Richard Kueng, Postdoctoral Scholar in Theoretical Physics, Preskill and Tropp groups
Projected least squares: a numerically cheap quantum tomography procedure with optimal error bounds
May 10 Special IQIM Seminar, Peter Rabl, Assistant Professor, TU Wien – Talk is at 3 pm
PT-symmetry breaking in microscopic gain-loss systems
May 10 Philip Stamp, Professor, University of British Columbia
Entanglement, Decoherence & Quantum Ising Systems
May 3 Special IQIM Seminar, Andreas Wallraff, Professor for Solid State Physics, ETH Zurich – Talk is at 3 pm
Single Photon Detectors, Parity Measurements and Heralded Cat States in the Microwave Domain
May 3 Alexander Kemper, Assistant Professor, NC State University
Room temperature photo-induced electron-hole gas-to-liquid transition in 2D materials
April 26 Daniel Riedel, Postdoctoral Scholar in Applied Physics & Materials Science, Faraon Group

Increasing spin-photon interface efficiencies via a tunable Fabry-Perot microcavity

April 19 Hechen Ren, IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar, Nadj-Perge Group
Probing Topological Superconductivity in a Phase-Controlled Planar Josephson Junction
April 12 Xiao-Gang Wen, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, * Note: Talk will be in 201 E. Bridge, with lunch available after the talk in 114 E. Bridge
Emergent higher symmetry in topological phases of matter
April 5 Jon Kindem, Postdoctoral Scholar, Faraon Group
Quantum Nanophotonics with Ytterbium in Yttrium Orthovanadate
March 15 Anand Natarajan, IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar, Vidick Group
Algorithms and Lower Bounds for Entangled XOR Games
Thursday, March 7 Special IQIM/AMO seminar – Matt Nichols, Graduate Student, MIT * Note: Talk location is 469 Lauritsen
Probing the 2D Fermi-Hubbard Model Under a Quantum Gas Microscope
March 1 Lightning Round – Victor Albert, Kevin Slagle
February 22 Talk cancelled on February 22
February 8 Student Seminar: Alex Dalzell, Brandao Group and Robbie Polski, Nadj-Perge Group
Dalzell – Approximating 1D ground states with MPS: Trading locality for better bond dimension; Polski -Proximity effect in 2D van der Waals
February 1 Nathan Shammah, Postdoctoral Researcher, RIKEN, Japan
Collective and local effects in the driven-dissipative dynamics of many-body quantum systems
January 25, 2019 Andrea Coladangelo, Graduate Student, Vidick Group
Unconditional separation of finite and infinite-dimensional quantum correlations
January 11, 2019 Patrick Lee, William & Emma Rogers Professor of Physics, MIT
Physics archaeology: unearthing a 45 year old quantum spin liquid