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July 07, 2020 |

Congratulations to the recipients of the Q-FARM Bloch FellowshipQ-FARM's Bloch Fellowship awards two years of funding funding for up to six researchers, with an option for a third year. 

The fellowship is named in honor of the late professor of physics, Felix Bloch, whose discoveries play a foundational role in the field. Professor Bloch, along with Edward Purcell (Harvard), received the Nobel Prize (Physics) in 1952 – Stanford’s first – "for their development of new methods for nuclear magnetic precision measurements and discoveries in connection therewith.” Felix Bloch came to Stanford in 1934 and became emeritus in 1971.

The 2020 Q-FARM Bloch Fellowship in Quantum in Science and Engineering recipients

From left to right,

  • Shahriar Aghaeimeibodi's research is at the intersection of engineering and quantum physics. He works toward future quantum technologies made possible by advances in nanotechnology. Specifically, using nanophotonics as a powerful tool for performing quantum information processing tasks in applications such as quantum simulation, quantum computation, and quantum networking.
  • Vahid Ansari's research interests are in scalable photonic networks for quantum computation and sensing.
  • Anirudh Krishna's research brings together ideas from coding theory and physics to propose new designs to construct error correction schemes for scalable quantum computers.
  • Tibor Rakovszky's research largely focuses on the intersection between the theory of quantum information and condensed matter physics. It has been understood in the past decades that many features of systems with interacting quantum particles are best described in the language of quantum information, using notions such as quantum entanglement. Tibor is interested in using and developing these tools to find universal characteristics of quantum states of matter. In particular, focusing on how quantum correlations evolve in time when one prepares an initial state that is far from thermal equilibrium. It has only recently become possible to study these situations experimentally, and there are many fundamental questions that are still waiting to be answered, some of which are connected to even more exotic topics, such as the behavior of black holes.
  • Yijian Zou is interested in applying novel quantum information techniques, primarily tensor networks, to high energy physics and condensed matter physics. He is particularly interested in (i) simulation of conformal field theory with quantum critical spin chains, (ii) continuous tensor networks for quantum field theory and (iii) entanglement properties of topological phases.

Please join us in welcoming them to Q-FARM!


June 03, 2020 |
For the 2020-21 academic year, Q-FARM will award a pair of two-year fellowships each worth $50,000. Interested applicants must be Stanford PhD students working on quantum measurement, quantum materials, quantum information, quantum optics or a related area. The fellowship is only open to students who have already completed at least one full year of PhD study at Stanford.
Q-FARM (Quantum Fundamentals, Architectures and Machines) is Stanford's initiative in quantum science and engineering, supported by seed funding by the university and SLAC. 


image of prof Jelena Vuckovic
May 06, 2020 |
Professor Jelena Vučković announced as the CLEO 2020 James P. Gordon Memorial SpeakerJelena is the Jensen Huang Professor in Global Leadership in the School of Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering and by courtesy of Applied Physics. She leads the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab, and is a director of Q-FARM, Stanford-SLAC Quantum Science and Engineering Initiative. 
Jelena's research focuses on studying solid-state quantum emitters, such as quantum dots and defect centers in diamond, and their interactions with light. Her team is transforming conventional nanophotonics with the concept of inverse design, by designing arbitrary optical devices from scratch using computer algorithms with little to no human input. These efforts aim to enable a wide variety of technologies ranging from silicon photonics to quantum computing.

The Optical Society (OSA) Foundation memorial speakership pays tribute to Dr. James P. Gordon for his numerous high-impact contributions to quantum electronics and photonics, including the demonstration of the maser. 

CLEO 2020 is an all-virtual web conference this year. All are invited to view Dr. Vučković's talk and ask questions remotely. There is no fee for CLEO attendees, simply register for online participation. You can also watch previous talks from Gordon speakers by visiting

Jelena’s talk will be on 11 May 2020 at 2pm PDT.
image of accelerator section, magnified 25K

Scientists at Stanford and SLAC have created a silicon chip that can accelerate electrons using an infrared laser to deliver, in less than a hair’s width, the sort of energy boost that takes microwaves many feet.

professor Jelena Vučković
December 10, 2019 | Read full IET Press Release

Professor Jelena Vučković has been awarded the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize. She will develop an on-chip integrated pulsed laser, which will revolutionize photonic technology and the applications that require these lasers, such as medicine, optical communications, quantum computing and self-driving cars.