EECS Special Seminar: William Oliver "Engineering Quantum Systems of Superconducting Qubits"


Event Speaker: 

William Oliver

Event Location: 

34-401A Grier A

Event Date/Time: 

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 3:00pm

Abstract: Superconducting qubits are coherent artificial atoms assembled from electrical circuit elements and microwave components. Their lithographic scalability, compatibility with microwave control, and operability at nanosecond time scales all converge to make the superconducting qubit a leading candidate for the constituent logical elements of a quantum information processor. Spectacular improvement in their manufacturing and performance over the past decade has moved this technology from the realm of scientific curiosity to the threshold of technical reality.  
Over the past 15 years, my research at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and MIT campus has focused on the science and engineering of superconducting qubits, contributing broadly to the materials, fabrication, design, simulation, control, and measurement of state-of-art devices, as well as the development of cryogenic CMOS and superconducting digital logic for high-performance classical computing. In this talk, I will present this work, our progress, and the exciting challenges associated with engineering quantum systems of superconducting qubits. 
Bio: William D. Oliver is jointly appointed Professor of the Practice of Physics, Associate Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, and Lincoln Laboratory Fellow, all at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is a Principal Investigator in the Engineering Quantum Systems Group (MIT campus) and the Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems Group (MIT Lincoln Laboratory).
Will provides programmatic and technical leadership targeting the development of quantum and classical high-performance computing technologies. His research interests include the science and engineering of superconducting qubits, as well as the development of cryogenic packaging and control electronics involving cryogenic CMOS and single-flux quantum digital logic.
Will is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He serves on the US Committee for Superconducting Electronics; is an IEEE Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) Board Member; serves on several scientific advisory boards related to quantum technologies; and is a member of AAAS, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Tau Beta Pi.
Will received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, his SM in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and a BS in Electrical Engineering and BA in Japanese from the University of Rochester (NY).
Host: Marc Baldo