Kenneth R Brown

Kenneth R Brown

Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Office Location: 
701 W Main St, Suite 400, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 660-1376


Prof. Brown's research interest is the control of quantum systems for both understanding the natural world and developing new technologies. His current research areas are the development of robust quantum computers and the study of molecular properties at cold and ultracold temperatures.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 2003

  • B.S., University Puget Sound 1998

Selected Grants

PFCQC: STAQ: Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum co-design awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2023

Collaborative Research: EPiQC:Enabling Practical-Scale Quantum Computation awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2023

Quantum-hardware focused application performance benchmarks awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2022

Quantum control based on real-time environment analysis by spectator qubits awarded by Army Research Office (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2021

Quantum Computing in Chemical and Material Sciences awarded by Department of Energy (Co-Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

MRI: Development of a Programmable Ion-Trap Quantum Computer awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

Control and Spectroscopy of Single Molecular Ions awarded by Army Research Office (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

Merrill, JT, and Brown, KR. "Progress in compensating pulse sequences for quantum computation." January 1, 2014. 241-294.

Beale, SJ, Wallman, JJ, Gutiérrez, M, Brown, KR, and Laflamme, R. "Quantum Error Correction Decoheres Noise." Physical Review Letters 121.19 (November 2018): 190501-null. Full Text

Calvin, AT, and Brown, KR. "Spectroscopy of Molecular Ions in Coulomb Crystals." The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 9.19 (October 2018): 5797-5804. Full Text

Leung, PH, and Brown, KR. "Entangling an arbitrary pair of qubits in a long ion crystal." Physical Review A 98.3 (September 18, 2018). Full Text

Brown, NC, and Brown, KR. "Comparing Zeeman qubits to hyperfine qubits in the context of the surface code: 174Yb+ and 171Yb+." Phys. Rev. A 97 (May 2, 2018): 052301-052301. Full Text

Trout, CJ, Li, M, Gutiérrez, M, Wu, Y, Wang, S-T, Duan, L, and Brown, KR. "Simulating the performance of a distance-3 surface code in a linear ion trap." New Journal of Physics 20.4 (April 1, 2018): 043038-043038. Full Text

Calvin, AT, Janardan, S, Condoluci, J, Rugango, R, Pretzsch, E, Shu, G, and Brown, KR. "Rovibronic Spectroscopy of Sympathetically Cooled 40CaH+." The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 122.12 (March 9, 2018): 3177-3181. Full Text

Leung, PH, Landsman, KA, Figgatt, C, Linke, NM, Monroe, C, and Brown, KR. "Robust 2-Qubit Gates in a Linear Ion Crystal Using a Frequency-Modulated Driving Force." Physical Review Letters 120.2 (January 2018): 020501-null. Full Text

Condoluci, J, Janardan, S, Calvin, AT, Rugango, R, Shu, G, Sherrill, CD, and Brown, KR. "Reassigning the CaH+ 11Σ → 21Σ vibronic transition with CaD." The Journal of Chemical Physics 147.21 (December 2017): 214309-null. Full Text

Linke, NM, Gutierrez, M, Landsman, KA, Figgatt, C, Debnath, S, Brown, KR, and Monroe, C. "Fault-tolerant quantum error detection." Science Advances 3.10 (October 20, 2017): e1701074-null. Full Text

Li, M, Gutiérrez, M, David, SE, Hernandez, A, and Brown, KR. "Fault tolerance with bare ancillary qubits for a [[7,1,3]] code." Physical Review A 96.3 (September 2017). Full Text


Javadi-Abhari, A, Gokhale, P, Holmes, A, Franklin, D, Brown, KR, Martonosi, M, and Chong, FT. "Optimized surface code communication in superconducting quantum computers." October 14, 2017. Full Text

Heckey, J, Patil, S, JavadiAbhari, A, Holmes, A, Kudrow, D, Brown, KR, Franklin, D, Chong, FT, and Martonosi, M. "Compiler Management of Communication and Parallelism for Quantum Computation." March 14, 2015. Full Text

Kudrow, D, Bier, K, Deng, Z, Franklin, D, Tomita, Y, Brown, KR, and Chong, FT. "Quantum rotations: A case study in static and dynamic machine-code generation for quantum computers." August 12, 2013. Full Text

Home, JP, Jost, JD, Amini, JM, Biercuk, MJ, Blakestad, RB, Bollinger, JJ, Britton, JW, Brown, KR, Hanneke, D, Hume, D, Itano, WM, Knill, E, Langer, C, Leibfried, D, Ospelkaus, C, Ozeri, R, Rosenband, T, Seidelin, S, Uys, H, VanDevender, AP, Walrath, N, Wesenburg, J, and Wineland, DJ. "Progress towards scalable quantum information processing with trapped ions." January 1, 2008.