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.  

Theory: 

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

Experiment:
Kenneth R Brown
Gleb Finkelstein
Jungsang Kim
Maiken H Mikkelsen

Quantum Information Science Faculty

  • Harold U. Baranger

    Harold U. Baranger

    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
  • Thomas Barthel

    Thomas Barthel

    Charles H. Townes Assistant Professor of Physics, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics
    Research Interest:
    Quantum many-body theory, strongly correlated systems, entanglement, phase transitions, response functions, nonequilibrium phenomena, simulation using DMRG and tensor network states; Theoretical and numerical investigation of ultra-cold atoms in optical lattices, phase transitions, nonequilibrium, thermometry
  • Kenneth R Brown

    Kenneth R Brown

    Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Associate Professor of Physics (Secondary), Associate Professor of Chemistry (Secondary)
    Research Interest:
  • Gleb Finkelstein

    Gleb Finkelstein

    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
  • Jungsang Kim

    Jungsang Kim

    Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Physics (Secondary), Professor in the Department of Computer Science (Secondary)
    Research Interest:
    Quantum Information & Integrated Nanoscale Systems
  • Jianfeng Lu

    Jianfeng Lu

    Associate Professor of Mathematics, Associate Professor of Chemistry (Secondary), Associate Professor of Physics (Secondary)
    Research Interest:
    Mathematical analysis and algorithm development for problems from computational physics, theoretical chemistry, material sciences and others
  • Iman Marvian

    Iman Marvian

    Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Research Interest:
  • Maiken Mikkelsen

    Maiken Mikkelsen

    James N. and Elizabeth H. Barton Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Associate Professor of Physics (Joint), Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (Secondary), Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
    Research Interest:
    Experiments in Nanophysics & Condensed Matter Physics