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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.”
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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.
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August 25, 2020 |

INVITING APPLICATIONSTo advance quantum research during this exciting time, and help bridge Stanford’s physics and engineering departments, the university has launched a new postdoctoral fellows program named after Felix Bloch, who was a theoretical physicist at Stanford and the university’s first Nobel Prize winner.

The Bloch fellowship is awarded by the Q-FARM (Quantum Fundamentals, Architecture and Machines) initiative, which launched last year (read press release). Q-FARM emerged from Stanford’s long-range planning process as part of a team focused on understanding the natural world. The initiative seeks to utilize the resources of both Stanford and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to accelerate quantum research. 

Apply through Academic Jobs Online, Stanford University Q-FARM Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quantum Science and Engineering, #16710.