Kenneth R Brown

Kenneth R Brown

Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Associate Professor of Physics (Joint)

Associate Professor of Chemistry (Secondary)

Associate Professor of Physics (Secondary)

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, Berkeley 2003

  • B.S., University of Puget Sound 1998

Selected Grants

Workshop on Research Themes in Quantum Information in the United States and Europe awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2020


Beale, Stefanie J., et al. “Quantum Error Correction Decoheres Noise.Physical Review Letters, vol. 121, no. 19, Nov. 2018, p. 190501. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.121.190501. Full Text

Calvin, Aaron T., and Kenneth R. Brown. “Spectroscopy of Molecular Ions in Coulomb Crystals.The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol. 9, no. 19, Oct. 2018, pp. 5797–804. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b01387. Full Text

Leung, P. H., and K. R. Brown. “Entangling an arbitrary pair of qubits in a long ion crystal.” Physical Review A, vol. 98, no. 3, Sept. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.98.032318. Full Text

Brown, Natalie C., and Kenneth R. Brown. “Comparing Zeeman qubits to hyperfine qubits in the context of the surface code: 174Yb+ and 171Yb+.” Phys. Rev. A, vol. 97, May 2018, pp. 052301–052301. Manual, doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.97.052301. Full Text

Trout, C. J., et al. “Simulating the performance of a distance-3 surface code in a linear ion trap.” New Journal of Physics, vol. 20, no. 4, Apr. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1367-2630/aab341. Full Text

Calvin, Aaron T., et al. “Rovibronic Spectroscopy of Sympathetically Cooled 40CaH+.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 122, no. 12, Mar. 2018, pp. 3177–81. Manual, doi:10.1021/acs.jpca.7b12823. Full Text

Leung, Pak Hong, et al. “Robust 2-Qubit Gates in a Linear Ion Crystal Using a Frequency-Modulated Driving Force.Physical Review Letters, vol. 120, no. 2, Jan. 2018, p. 020501. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.120.020501. Full Text

Condoluci, J., et al. “Reassigning the CaH+ 11Σ → 21Σ vibronic transition with CaD.The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 147, no. 21, Dec. 2017, p. 214309. Epmc, doi:10.1063/1.5016556. Full Text

Linke, Norbert M., et al. “Fault-tolerant quantum error detection.Science Advances, vol. 3, no. 10, Oct. 2017, p. e1701074. Epmc, doi:10.1126/sciadv.1701074. Full Text

Li, M., et al. “Fault tolerance with bare ancillary qubits for a [[7,1,3]] code.” Physical Review A, vol. 96, no. 3, Sept. 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.96.032341. Full Text