Spring 2020

Fullerton and Hatridge named 2020 Sloan Research Fellows

  • By Jenny Stein
  • 12 February 2020

A hearty congratulations to both Prof. Susan Fullerton in Pitt Chemical Engineering and Prof. Michael Hatridge in Pitt Physics as recipients of 2020 Sloan Research Fellowships! Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships honor scholars in the U.S. and Canada whose creativity, leadership, and independent research achievements make them some of the most promising researchers working today. Winners receive $75,000, which may be spent over a two-year term on any expense supportive of their research.

POSTPONED: 13th Elsevier Distinguished Lecture in Mechanics​​​​​​​: Quantum Information and Deep Learning for Turbulent Combustion Modeling & Simulation

Peyman Givi
Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 10:00am

13th Elsevier Distinguished Lecture in Mechanics

Quantum Information Science (QIS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are having a dominant influence in many aspects of life in industrial societies. The importance of these fields to the global economy and security are very well recognized, promoting the rapid growth of the related technologies in the upcoming decades. This growth is fueled by very large investments by many governments and leading industries. An arena in which QIC and AI are being promoted to play a more significant role is combustion. The fact is that...

Studies of Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis

Victor Batista
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 2:30pm

Research statement: Our research is concerned with the development of rigorous and practical methods for simulations of quantum processes in complex systems as well as with applications studies of photochemical processes in proteins, semiconductor materials, and systems of environmental interest. We have recently made significant progress toward the establishment of rigorous quantum mechanical approaches for describing equilibrium and dynamical properties of complex quantum systems. We are currently investigating how to extend these calculations to investigate quantum mechanical processes...

POSTPONED Public Lecture: Towards a Large Scale Quantum Computer using Advanced Fabrication Technologies

James Clarke
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 4:00pm

This event will tentatively take place in Fall 2020.

A large scale quantum computer could change the world.  Performing certain calculations in minutes that would take the largest supercomputer millions of year.  The impact to applications such as cryptography, chemistry, finance, etc would be huge.

Today’s quantum processors are limited to 10’s of entangled quantum bits.   If you believe the hype, a commercially relevant system is just around the corner that can outperform our largest supercomputers.   The reality, however, is that we are still at mile 1 of...

Quantum steampunk: Quantum information meets thermodynamics

Nicole Yunger Halpern
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 3:30pm

Thermodynamics has shed light on engines, efficiency, and time’s arrow since the Industrial Revolution. But the steam engines that powered the Industrial Revolution were large and classical. Much of today’s technology and experiments are small-scale, quantum, and out-of-equilibrium. Nineteenth-century thermodynamics requires updating for the 21st century. Guidance has come from the mathematical toolkit of quantum information theory. Applying quantum information theory to thermodynamics sheds light on fundamental questions (e.g., how does entanglement spread during quantum thermalization?...

POSTPONED: Einstein’s Light Quanta : From Millikan to Circuit QED

Douglas Stone
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 4:00pm

Einstein is well known for his rejection of quantum mechanics in the form it emerged from the work of Heisenberg, Born and Schrodinger in 1926.  Much less appreciated are the many seminal contributions he made to quantum theory prior to his final scientific verdict: that the theory was at best incomplete.   His many key conceptual innovations leading to the emergence of modern quantum theory place him as arguably its central figure [1].  In this talk I will focus on his introduction of the idea of quanta of light in 1905, the beginning of the photon concept in physics.  Einstein recognized...

Revealing the Scaling Properties of Matter Through Low-Dimensional Crystals

Thomas Kempa
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 11:30am

The physical properties of matter change dramatically as atoms assemble into extended solids. Low dimensional crystals could be used to reveal the intricate evolution of material properties across extremes of scale. However, overcoming profound challenges to progress will require methods for systematic and precise control over the size, shape, and structure of these crystals. To this end, we have developed strategies for controlled crystallization of low-dimensional materials and have identified that even subtle tuning of their dimensionality and morphology yields substantial property...