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Q-FARM newsletter, issue 2
December 11, 2020 |

Hello from Q-FARM:

As autumn quarter closes, we look forward to winter break. The break will be unusual, but brings a sense of relief and restorative potential. We hope each of you take time to rejuvenate yourself; rest, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy much laughter over the next few weeks.

Reflecting on the accomplishments of Q-FARM students and faculty during the past (very unusual!) quarters brings us tremendous joy. Please continue reading the highlights that we are so proud to share!

If this newsletter sparks an idea or question, please reach out to us at – we'd love to hear from you!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Jelena & Patrick

Professor Monika Schleier-Smith awarded MacArthur Genius Grant 

Stanford quantum physicist Monika Schleier-Smith has been named a 2020 fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for her creative approach to studying many-particle quantum systems.  Read more

Meet the 2020-21 Q-FARM Fellowship Awardees: Kfir Dolev and Ryotatsu Yanagimoto

Kfir, top photo, is in the Physics department and Ryotatsu, pictured bottom, is in Applied Physics. We are happy to welcome them to Q-FARM!

Read more about their research interests

Welcome New Interdisciplinary Faculty

From left to right: Adam Bouland (Computer Science), Dan Congreve (Electrical Engineering), Vedika Khemani (Physics), Andy Mannix (Material Science)

The Wilde Experience

Prof Mark Wilde

Mark M. Wilde is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for Computation and Technology at Louisiana State University. He has been on sabbatical visiting Q-FARM from January through December 2020.

Read Professor Wilde's reflection on his past year at Stanford

Q-FARM: Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitecture and Machines initiative
Q-FARM Newsletter • Issue 2 • December 2020  •  Contact Q-FARM:


image of prof. Jelena Vuckovic
In this podcast, Professor Jelena Vučković talks about the challenges involved in creating scalable quantum computers and also reflects on the roles that engineers and physicists play in the development of quantum technologies.
She is joined by Michelle Simmons, director of Australia’s Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.
Stanford quantum physicist Monika Schleier-Smith has been named a 2020 fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The fellowship, also referred to as “genius grants,” recognize individuals “who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” Fellows receive $625,000 stipends that come with no conditions in order to “pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” Monika is among 21 recipients of the prestigious fellowship this year.
“We’re delighted that the MacArthur Foundation has recognized two outstanding Stanford scholars,” said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne. “Monika Schleier-Smith and Forrest Stuart conduct research in different disciplines using very different methods, but both exemplify creativity in their work and demonstrate what is possible when you bring fresh perspectives to thorny problems. We are all tremendously proud of their achievements, and I can’t wait to see where their research takes them.”
image of 2020 Fellowship winners, Kfir and Ryotatsu
August 28, 2020 |

Kfir Dolev and Ryotatsu Yanagimoto have been awarded the 2020-21 Academic Year Q-FARM Fellowships. 

Kfir Dolev, PhD candidate, Physics (pictured left)
Research focus: I intend to research the structure and implications of relativistic quantum tasks, meaning protocols which require a collection of individuals to collaborate in order to move and process quantum information through spacetime in a desired manner.
Advisors: Prof. Ayfer Ozgur, Electrical Engineering and Prof. Patrick Hayden, Physics
Ryotatsu Yanagimoto, PhD candidate, Applied Physics (pictured right)
Research focus: Dynamics of emergent ultra-broadband photonic devices operated in the highly-quantum regime are intrinsically intractable in general due to the immense dimensions of state space involved. My research interests are in developing new theoretical frameworks to unravel and exploit the rich quantum dynamics of broadband optics for quantum engineering and information.

Advisor: Prof. Hideo Mabuchi

Q-FARM Fellowships are awarded to students working on quantum measurement, quantum materials, quantum information, quantum optics or a related area. 

Please join us in welcoming Kfir and Ryotatsu to Q-FARM.


August 26, 2020 | SLAC News Feature

Q-NEXT will tackle next-generation quantum science challenges through a public-private partnership, ensuring U.S. leadership in an economically crucial arena.

Today the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the creation of five new Quantum Information Science Research Centers led by DOE national laboratories across the country. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University will partner with other institutions on one of the national QIS centers, Q-NEXT, led by Argonne National Laboratory.

Q-NEXT will bring together nearly 100 world-class researchers from three national laboratories, 10 universities and 10 leading U.S. technology companies with the single goal of developing the science and technology to control and distribute quantum information. These activities, along with a focus on rapid commercialization of new technologies, will support the emerging “quantum economy” and ensure that the U.S. remains at the forefront in this rapidly advancing field.