Fall 2021

UCLA Announces New Masters Degree in Quantum Science

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 15 December 2021

The University of California, Los Angeles is happy to announce their new Master of Quantum Science and Technology (MQST) Degree. MQST is a one-year in-person graduate professional degree program designed to prepare students for careers in quantum science in private industry, national labs, and government agencies.The program curriculum is tailored to students and early career professionals looking to enter the quantum industry workforce with a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to seek opportunities with focused intent and present as attractive highly prepared candidates to employers...

Spin physics in graphene nanostructures

Thomas Frederiksen
Friday, December 10, 2021 - 11:30am

A GNR Qubit MURI Seminar

11:30a-11:35a General discussion and introductions
11:35a-11:40a Intro to MURI team and concept (Levy)
11:40a-11:50a Blitz talk #1 Davis Welakuh Mbangheku
11:50a-12:00p Blitz talk #2 Erin Sheridan
12:00p-12:50p Thomas Frederiksen talk
12:50p-1:00p Discussion and wrap up

Title: Spin physics in graphene nanostructures


Atomic-scale control over size, shape, and composition of graphenenanostructures has become a reality through on-surface synthesiswhereby...

Pushing Quantum Information Across the Channel

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 7 December 2021

Congratulations to Vikesh Siddhu for publishing his paper, "Entropic singularities give rise to quantum transmission," in Nature Communications!

The information age is built on efficiently processing digital data. Today this data is processed classically as bits of zeros and ones. But there exists a more powerful kind of information processing. Quantum information, which obeys the laws of quantum mechanics, can not only carry those classic ones and zeros but it can impart them with unbreakable security and process them with computational power that may go beyond the reach of the most powerful supercomputers. . .


Local to Meso-scale Order in Electronic Ceramics Characterized by Aberration-Corrected Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

Elizabeth Dickey
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:15pm

A CMU MSE Seminar

Abstract: The ability to design the composition and microstructure of electronic ceramics for emerging technological applications requires sophisticated characterization techniques that can provide quantitative information about local structure and chemistry. Such structure quantification is particularly important to the fundamental understanding of properties in many important non-linear dielectrics, where chemical heterogeneities associated with dopants or intrinsic lattice defects give rise to local inhomogeneities in charge, strain and...

NSF Grant Will Boost Pitt’s Research Computing Resources

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 23 November 2021

A multi-disciplinary team of Pitt researchers has landed a $1.2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) award for new computing resources that will greatly boost the Center for Research Computing’s (CRC) capabilities in speed, power, and scope. Chemistry associate professor Geoffrey Hutchison led the proposal along with associate professors Lillian Chong in chemistry, Inanc Senocak in mechanical engineering and materials science, and David Koes in computational and systems biology. Internal Pitt funding added to the grant creates a total of over $1.5 million for new resources...

Structural Inhomogeneity in Oxide Superconductors

Martin Greven
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 4:00pm

Abstract: Superconductivity has been a major research topic for more than a century, yet in many important materials this macroscopic quantum phenomenon remains poorly understood. We have uncovered that superconductivity emerges in an unusual, yet remarkably universal manner upon cooling in three well-known families of complex oxides – strontium titanate, strontium ruthenate, and the cuprates – for which the origin of superconductivity is thought to differ [1]. This breakthrough was enabled by nonlinear magnetic response measurements, an innovative experimental approach...

Quantum Advantage in Optical Laser Communications using NISQ-era Quantum Processors

Kaushik P. Seshadreesan
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 11:00am

A PQI Seminar

Abstract: Optical laser communication forms a cornerstone of modern-day data communications. In the quantum-limited regime of lasercom, where the received optical signal power is small, e.g., in deep-space communications, pre-detection quantum domain collective processing of blocks of received signal pulses corresponding to communication codewords can provide enhanced communication capacity. We present a novel quantum receiver design methodology based on a quantum belief propagation algorithm that attains such enhancement. I will discuss the...

Topological Spintronics

Nitin Samarth
Monday, November 22, 2021 - 3:30pm

A Pitt/CMU Physics Colloquium

Abstract: The past decade has witnessed an explosion of activity in exploring the properties of topological quantum materials whose band structure has interesting features arising from the nexus of topology, spin-orbit coupling, and fundamental symmetries. A key characteristic of the band structure in many of these materials is the ‘spin-momentum correlation’ in helical Dirac states. This leads to the notion of ‘topological spintronics’ devices that seek to exploit efficient spin-charge interconversion for low power, non-...

Singh Named Special Assistant for Quantum Education

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 9 November 2021

Congratulations to Chandralekha Singh, who has been selected as special assistant to the provost for quantum education. 

In her new role, Singh will work to develop undergraduate and graduate programs in quantum science, convening a committee of faculty members from across the University who share interests in quantum science and contribute to our Quantum Science Initiative. 

Cudd said in her announcement that, “The importance of quantum science has emerged as a space that is key to Pitt’s academic and research portfolios...

Continuous Single-Shot Detection of Quasiparticle Trapping

Eli Levenson-Falk
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 3:00pm

A Pitt Physics seminar

Register: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlcOqgpz4vE9EIq_rfZx-3-ap9ZA4qPK8r

Abstract: Superconducting quantum circuits are plagued by nonequilibrium populations of quasiparticle excitations. These quasiparticles can cause relaxation and spurious excitation of qubit states, producing errors in a quantum algorithm, and can cause correlated errors that are particularly difficult to address with error...