PQI Profiles: Hideo Mabuchi

Professor Hideo Mabuchi from Stanford University talks about joining the Caltech faculty straight out of graduate school, coherent Ising machines, and learning to take oneself seriously.

Hideo Mabuchi received an AB in Physics from Princeton and a PhD in Physics from Caltech.  He served as Chair of the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford from 2010-2016.  His early scientific research was focused on understanding open quantum systems, quantum measurement, and the quantum-to-classical transition.  In recent years his research group has turned towards fundamental issues of quantum engineering, such as quantum nonlinear dynamics, quantum feedback control and quantum model reduction.  Along the way his group has also worked substantially on single-molecule biophysics, quantum information science, and quantum materials.  In parallel with directing his group's sponsored research, Hideo has developed a deep personal interest in exploring the interfaces of modern science with traditional craft, aesthetic philosophy and new materialism.  He has been experimenting with novel teaching initiatives to help resurrect the ideals of liberal education in the modern university.

PQI Graduate Student Profile: Chenxu Liu

Chenxu Liu is a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh.

He works in the Pekker Lab on understanding the dynamics of various driven-dissipative quantum systems and their possible applications to operational quantum computers. He focuses on answering the question of how to achieve efficient and high fidelity manipulation of both matter and photon qubits in order to improve entangled state preparation, gate operation, transmission and detection of the resulting states of the qubits.

Chenxu was a PQI Graduate Student Research Fellow in 2018/2019.

PQI Graduate Student Profile: Azarin Zarassi

Azarin Zarassi is a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Pitt.

She works in the Frolov lab and is assembling a Majorana qubit with a superconducting qubit to use the coupling between them to read the state of the Majorana qubit from the microwave frequency response of the resonator in the superconducting qubit. This device paves the way to future generation of quantum computers and is the beginning of many studies to exploit Majorana fermions and their unique topological features.

Azarin was a PQI Graduate Student Research Fellow in 2018/2019.

PQI Profiles: Sue Coppersmith

Dr. Susan Coppersmith is the Robert E. Fassnacht and a Vilas Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She is a theoretical condensed matter physicist who has worked on a broad range of problems in the area of complex systems, and has made substantial contributions to the understanding of subjects including glasses, granular materials, the nonlinear dynamics of magnetic flux lattices in type-II superconductors, and quantum computing. 

Dr. Coppersmith has served as Chair of the UW-Madison physics department, as a member of the NORDITA advisory board, as a member of the Mathematical and Physical Science Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, and as a Trustee at the Aspen Center for Physics.  She has served as Chair of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics of the American Physical Society, as Chair of the Section on Physics of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Gordon Research Conferences, and as Chair of the External Advisory Board of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

PQI Graduate Student Profile: Edward Beall

Edward Beall is a graduate student in in the Department of Chemistry at Pitt.

He works in the Waldeck lab and observes charge transport through molecular bridges by studying the electrical conductance of a single molecule. This will aid in miniaturizing circuitry, hopefully to the nanoscale. 

Edward won a travel award at the Science 2015 poster session for his poster on "Scanning Tunneling Microscope Break Junction Method with Continuous Bias Modulation”.