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Five fellows comprise the first cohort of Stanford’s new Bloch Fellowship in quantum science and engineering. The fellows program is a central component of the Stanford-SLAC initiative known as Q-FARM, which aims to advance a second wave of discovery and innovation in quantum mechanics through interdisciplinary collaborations.

Read "First Stanford Bloch Fellowship in quantum science and engineering announced," Stanford News, July 27, 2020

image of three Q-FARM faculty that are on the Q-SEnSE effort

Professor Mark Kasevich will co-lead the center and professors Jason Hogan and Leo Hollberg are members of the research team.

The center will be known as Quantum Systems through Entangled Science and Engineering (Q-SEnSE). It will be housed at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Q-SEnSE is comprised of scientists from twelve organizations. Q-SEnSE’s goal is to better understand the “grand challenges” in quantum physics, such as the impacts of quantum phenomena on measurement science and how quantum sensing aids the discovery of fundamental physics.

Q-FARM Newsletter, issue 1
July 15, 2020 |
Hello from Q-FARM:

It has been a productive and unusual year. With the necessary COVID-19 changes to campus and our communities, we hope you continue to take necessary precautions to remain healthy and safe.

Q-FARM had several research and news items during the past year. In this first newsletter, we share highlights from our seminars, fellows, and visiting faculty.
As we go into our second year, we hope to see you at a seminar (or two!), and stop by our website to read more news and upcoming events.

In closing, please share our warm welcome to Lancy Nazaroff, program manager. Lancy comes to us from Electrical Engineering and is an invaluable part of the leadership team – welcome Lancy!

We hope you find this issue helpful, and look forward to seeing you in the summer months, most likely on Zoom!

Jelena & Patrick

Q-FARM Inaugural Fellowship Awardees 

Our first fellowships were awarded to scholars Yudan Guo (Physics) and Yihui Quek (Applied Physics). Yudan's research centers on many-body cavity QED. Yihui's research areas are quantum Shannon theory and near-term quantum algorithms. Read more 

Bloch Fellowship in Quantum in Science and Engineering

2020 Bloch Fellows
The fellowship is named in honor of the late Stanford professor Felix Bloch, whose discoveries play a foundational role in the field. Read more


Visiting Faculty

David Schuster (pictured left), Schuster Lab, Univ. of Chicago
Jonathan Simon (center), Simon Lab, Univ. of Chicago
Mark Wilde (pictured right), Louisiana State University

Q-FARM upcoming visitor

In Fall 2020, we welcome Immanuel Bloch from the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching and professor for experimental physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich. 

The Q-FARM Seminar Series + Event Videos

Q-FARM Seminars + Videos of past seminars

Q-FARM seminars are designed to bring together the various groups in the university interested in quantum science and engineering. The primary goal of these seminars is to strengthen the community and increase collaboration. Theoretical and experimental talks are balanced so that the whole community may participate. Most seminar videos are available on Q-FARM's website.

Q-FARM: Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitecture and Machines initiative
Q-FARM Newsletter • Issue 1 • July 2020  •  Contact Q-FARM:
image of Prof. Felix Bloch
July 07, 2020 |

Congratulations to the recipients of the Q-FARM Bloch FellowshipQ-FARM's Bloch Fellowship awards two years of 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.