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Quantum Sensing, Simulation, & Computation

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Quantum gas of the most magnetic atom, dysprosium for quantum simulation of exotic many-body physics (Lev group)

Quantum engineering in the Department of Applied Physics seeks to develop new quantum sensors & devices, to explore and exploit novel quantum many-body physics, and to develop new directions for quantum information processing and computing

Applied Physics has a strong experimental effort in the burgeoning field of quantum engineering. Our research spans the topics of quantum sensing and devices, quantum analog simulation of many-body physics, and quantum information processing/computation. These efforts complement those explored in other Stanford departments such as Physics and Electrical Engineering.

Our research directions include:

  • Atom interferometry for precision tests of gravity;
  • The use of quantum gases as a novel sensor to image transport in quantum materials;
  • Creating exotic quantum states of matter made of light and atoms for high-precision sensors and as testbeds for quantum theory;
  • Exploring nonequilibrium properties of quantum matter to broaden our understanding of quantum many-body physics;
  • Theory of quantum feedback and control and quantum information processors;
  • The experimental use of atoms, photons, superconducting microwave circuits, and optomechanics to create novel devices for quantum information processing, including quantum neuromorphic computational machines.

Quantum Sensing & Devices

Quantum Simulation

Quantum Computation

Courtesy faculty:  Shanhui Fan, David Goldhaber-Gordon, Vedika KhemaniJelena Vuckovic

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Related faculty in the Department of Physics:
Ben Feldman, Patrick Hayden, Vedika Khemani, Monika Schleier-Smith


Cryostat for superconducting novel qubit research (Safavi-Naeini group)

Physics hardware

(Safavi-Naeini group)

Physics hardware

Image of the SQCRAMscope: a novel Scanning Quantum Cryogenic Atom Microscope for studying quantum materials (Lev group)