Quantum Information Science

Quantum Chip

Quantum Information Science is an interdisciplinary field at the boundary of physics, engineering, and computer science. One of the main goals of this field is finding  methods for exploiting the quantum mechanical effects in nature, such as superposition and entanglement, to perform information processing tasks.

On the one hand, this field looks at the fundamental limits of nature on computation and communication, and on the other hand, it studies more practical questions, such as how to overcome decoherence and build a fault-tolerant quantum computer, or how to efficiently simulate the ground state and the dynamics of a many-body system. 

At Duke University, we work on a wide range of topics in this field, including:

Ion-trap quantum computing, Quantum error correction and fault tolerance, Quantum Shannon theory and communication, Quantum resource theories, Quantum thermodynamics, Quantum algorithms, Quantum metrology, Quantum simulations and many-body dynamics, Quantum dots, Superconducting quantum computing.

You can find more information about research on quantum information science at Duke, at this website.  


Harold U. Baranger
Thomas Barthel
Kenneth Brown
Jianfeng Lu
Iman Marvian

Kenneth R Brown
Gleb Finkelstein
Jungsang Kim
Maiken H Mikkelsen

Quantum Information Science Faculty

  • Professor of Physics
    Research Interest:
    Theory of quantum phenomena at the nanometer scale; many-body effects in quantum dots and wires; conduction through single molecules; quantum computing; quantum phase transitions
  • Charles H. Townes Assistant Professor of Physics

    Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics
    Research Interest:
    Quantum condensed matter theory and numerics, strongly correlated systems, quantum information, phase transitions, response functions, nonequilibrium phenomena, open systems, tensor network state techniques
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Associate Professor of Chemistry (Secondary)

    Associate Professor of Physics (Secondary)
    Research Interest:
  • Professor of Physics

    Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
    Research Interest:
    Electronic transport in carbon nanotubes and graphene; Inorganic nanostructures based on self-assembled DNA scaffolds; Experiments on quantum transport at low temperature; carbon nanotubes; Kondo effect; cryogenic scanning microscopy; self-assembled DNA template
  • Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Research Interest:
    Quantum Information & Integrated Nanoscale Systems
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics

    Associate Professor of Physics (Secondary)

    Associate Professor of Chemistry (Secondary)
    Research Interest:
    Electronic structure and many body problems; quantum molecular dynamics; multi-scale modeling and analysis; rare events and sampling techniques
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics (Joint)
    Research Interest:
    Quantum information and computation theory