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Louisiana Quantum Initiative


The Louisiana Quantum Initiative is the statewide endeavor to advance the research and technology of quantum systems, particularly toward evolving the second quantum revolution, developing the strategy and technological infrastructure of quantum-driven networks and devices. The constellation of scientists in the initiative comprises researchers from all over the state, from both public and private institutions. The Initiative is an ecosystem of research, relying on emergent, dynamic associations and efforts among institutions and members. As a central hub, this site seeks to connect the members and their institutions to support and accelerate Louisiana’s quantum research efforts.

 

Quantum Information Technology (computation, communication, cryptography...)

 

Quantum Information Technology comprises the fields associated with computation, communication, and cryptography derived from quantum information and dynamics, as well as the attendant theoretical, mathematical, computer science, and engineering approaches to developing the technologies that make those fields possible. 

Louisiana State University Researchers

 Jonathan DowlingJonathan Dowling, professor of physics and astronomy and Hearne Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics (PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1988), is researching quantum sciences and technologies with a focus on quantum sensors and imagers.

 

 Seung-Jong (Jay) ParkSeung-Jong (Jay) Park, professor of computer science and faculty member at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology (PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2004), is researching big data and deep learning using high-speed networking and high-performance computing for large-scale data analysis.

 

 Lu PengLu Peng, Gerard L. “Jerry” Rispone Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD, University of Florida, 2005), is researching GPUs, quantum computer architecture, deep learning hardware accelerators, and application-specific processor design.

 

 Jagannathan “Ram” RamanujamJagannathan “Ram” Ramanujam, John E. and Beatrice L. Ritter Distinguished Professor in the Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Floating Point Systems Endowed Chair in Computational Methods and director of the LSU Center for Computation & Technology (PhD, The Ohio State University, 1990), is researching computation- and data-enabled science and engineering, high-performance computing and machine learning, and quantum computing.

 

 Ravi RauRavi Rau, alumni professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, University of Chicago, 1970), is researching entanglement and other correlations such as quantum discord, their evolution under dissipative and decoherent processes and how they may be controlled, geometrical and symmetry studies of operators and states of N qubits and connections betweem the Lie and clifford algebras involved with topics in projective geometry and design theory.

 

 Mark M. WildeMark M. Wilde, associate professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, University of Southern California, 2008), is researching quantum information and communication theory, quantum optical communication, entanglement theory, quantum error correction, and quantum computational complexity theory. He is the author of Quantum Information Theory (Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2017).

 

 

Louisiana Tech University Researchers

 Jinyuan ChenJinyuan Chen, assistant professor of electrical engineering (PhD, Télécom ParisTech, France, 2014), is researching information theory, communication theory, security and privacy, blockchain, distributed computing, and machine learning.

 

 Benjamin DrozdenkoBenjamin Drozdenko, assistant professor of cyber engineering and computer science (PhD, Northeastern University, 2017), has expertise in Internet of Things and smart cities; wireless networking protocols; FPGA and system-on-chip HW-SW codesign; computing and cognitive and software-defined radio; and embedded/cyber-physical systems modeling and simulation.

 

 

Tulane University Researchers

 Lev KaplanLev Kaplan, professor of physics and department chair (PhD, Harvard University, 1996), investigates quantum computation, quantum communication, quantum encoding, and quantum metrology to use multi-photon states to perform information processing tasks.

 

 Michael W. MisloveMichael W. Mislove, Pendergraft Herbert Buchanan Professor of Mathematics and professor of computer science (PhD, University of Tennessee, 1969), researches topological algebra, domain theory, ordered structures, category theory, and non-well-founded set theory, as well as semantics of high-level programming languages, concurrency theory, process algebra, and probabilistic models.

 

 

Grambling State University Researchers

 Yenumula B. ReddyYenumula B. Reddy, professor of computer science (PhD, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, 1978), is researching cognitive radios and sensor networks, as well as applications of game models, neural networks, and genetic algorithms to wireless networks.

 

 

University of New Orleans Researchers

 Peter BierhorstPeter Bierhorst, assistant professor of mathematics (PhD, Tulane University, 2014), is researching the mathematical structures of quantum entanglement and nonlocality, with a focus on applications in quantum information theory.

 

 Md Tamjidul HoqueMd Tamjidul Hoque, associate professor of computer science (PhD, Monash University, Australia, 2008), is researching machine learning, bioinformatics, optimization, and quantum computing.

 

 

Quantum computer

 

Quantum Manipulation and Dynamics (photonics, spintronics, nanomechanics...)

 

The investigation into the properties and processes of quantum systems includes a wide array of goals, techniques, and frameworks to fill out our understanding of properties at very small and very fast scales. Quantum Manipulation and Dynamics thus contains a variety of approaches and concerns, including the manipulation and engineering of light and its interaction with matter; transport processes; and research into quantum thermodynamics.

Louisiana State University Researchers

 Louis H. HaberLouis H. Haber, associate professor of chemistry (PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2009), is researching chemical, structural, electronic, and photophysical dynamics at nanomaterial interfaces using ultrafast and nonlinear optical spectroscopy techniques, such as second harmonic generation, transient absorption, and pump-probe reflectivity.

 

 Robert LiptonRobert Lipton, Nicholson Professor of Mathematics (PhD, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, 1986), is researching multi-scale materials systems and wave phenomena generated by the interaction of light with matter.

 

 Omar Magaña-LoaizaOmar Magaña-Loaiza, assistant professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, University of Rochester, 2016), is researching the fundamental and applied aspects of optical physics and quantum optics, exploring novel properties of light and its potential for developing quantum technologies.

 

 Kenneth LopataKenneth Lopata, associate professor of chemistry (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010), is researching first-principles simulations of attosecond electron dynamics in molecules and materials, as well as time-resolved ultraviolet/visible and X-ray absorption spectroscopies.

 

 Ilya VekhterIlya Vekhter, professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, Brown University, 1998), is researching ordering phenomena in strongly correlated systems, especially magnetism and unconventional superconductivity, as well as interfaces of topological and other spin-orbit coupled materials.

 

 

Louisiana Tech University Researchers

 Pedro A. DerosaPedro A. Derosa, professor of physics (PhD, National University of Córdoba, Argentina, 1997), is researching electronic structure and transport in molecular and nano-sized systems using DFT, Green Functions, and Monte Carlo Modeling.

 

 Dentcho A. GenovDentcho A. Genov, associate professor of physics and electrical engineering (PhD, Purdue University, 2005), is working on electromagnetic theory and applications, including quantum optics and photonics, plasmonics, quantum size effects of nanoparticles and structures, and more.

 

 Arden MooreArden Moore, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2010), is researching microdevices for studying multiscale energy transport (electrical and thermal), phonon physics, 2D materials, nanostructures, phase change processes, and sensor development.

 

 

Tulane University Researchers

 Denys BondarDenys Bondar, assistant professor of physics (PhD, University of Waterloo, Canada, 2011), is working on theoretical and computational research at the boundary of quantum thermodynamics and ultrafast nonlinear optics; quantum technology and nonlinear optical properties; and nonlinear optical effects in quantum information processing tasks.

 

 Matthew EscarraMatthew Escarra, assistant professor of engineering physics (PhD, Princeton University, 2011), is studying nanophotonic manipulation of light in sub-wavelength structures, with a focus on low-loss (dielectric) and tunable (phase change) materials, as well as the large-scale synthesis and device development of two-dimensional materials for optoelectronics.

 

 Ryan T. GlasserRyan T. Glasser, assistant professor of physics (PhD, Louisiana State University, 2009), uses nonlinear optical phenomena to investigate and discover novel configurations of multi-party quantum states and is developing machine learning techniques to increase the robustness of quantum communications and networking schemes.

 

 

Loyola University New Orleans Researchers

 Martin McHughMartin McHugh, chair of the physics department (PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder), has recently been working on quantum optics experiments with a number of undergraduate student collaborators, such as tests of Bell’s theorem using polarization-entangled states.

 

 Armin KargolArmin Kargol, Rev. James C. Carter, S.J, Distinguished Professor in Experimental Physics (PhD, Virginia Tech, 1994), is researching membrane transport, including experimental and modeling studies of ion channel gating in cell membranes, and quantum effects in photosynthesizing processes.

 

 

University of Louisiana Lafayette Researchers

 Gabriele MorraGabriele Morra, associate professor of physics and geosciences (PhD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2004), is researching computational physics and machine learning applied to planetary science, most recently investigating how material properties at extremely high temperature and pressure control the initial stages of planetary formation.

 

 

Quantum manipulation and dynamics

Quantum Materials (fabrication, electronic or magnetic properties, structure...)

 

Quantum Materials refers to the areas of condensed-matter physics that explores the electromagnetic properties of materials—particularly stemming from electronic correlations, topological order, and high temperatures—as well as their design and synthesis. Unlike traditional investigations of materials, the physics and engineering of quantum materials arise from dynamic properties of materials (such as how electrons behave in relationships), rather than from static properties (such as hardness).

Louisiana State University Researchers

 Theda Daniels-RaceTheda Daniels-Race, professor of electrical and computer engineering with a joint appointment at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, and an M.B. Voorhies Distinguished Professor (PhD, Cornell University, 1990), is researching nanoscale electronic materials and structures and their quantum electro-optical phenomena.

 

 John DiTusaJohn DiTusa, professor of physics and astronomy and department chair (PhD, Cornell, 1992), is researching the consequences of chiral and non-centrosymmetric crystal structures on the electronic, magnetic, and phononic properties of materials, as well as their couplings.

 

 Rongying JinRongying Jin, professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 1997), is researching novel quantum materials with profound quantum phenomena, such as topological insulators/semimetals/superconductors and quantum magnets.

 

 Revati KumarRevati Kumar, assistant professor of chemistry and faculty member at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, year TBA), is... TBA.

 

 Richard L. KurtzRichard L. Kurtz, professor of physics and astronomy and director of CAMD (PhD, Yale University, 1983), is researching oxide and thin-film surfaces using synchrotron radiation, including Fermi surfaces, showing that both initial and final states in the photoemission process contribute to the measured k-space contours.

 

 Kevin McPeakKevin McPeak, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Nanofabrication Facility (PhD, Drexel University, 2010), is researching photocatalysis, plasmonic materials, nanofabrication, and nanoscale chirality.

 

 Juana MorenoJuana Moreno, associate professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, Rutgers University, 1997), is researching computational tools, such as the dynamical mean-field theory, the dynamical cluster approximation, and quantum Monte Carlo solvers, to simulate quantum materials quantitatively using parameters extracted from first principles calculations.

 

 Ward PlummerWard Plummer, Boyd Professor of Physics & Astronomy and special assistant to the LSU Vice President of Research & Economic Development (PhD, Cornell University, 1968), is researching quantum dynamical properties and quantum phenomena associated with the unique environment at a surface or interface driven by broken symmetry and reduced dimensionality.

 

 Daniel SheehyDaniel Sheehy, associate professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001), is researching superfluid phases of cold atomic gases, the electronic properties of graphene, and topological phases of matter.

 

 William A. SheltonWilliam A. Shelton, professor of chemical engineering and faculty member at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology (PhD, University of Cincinnati, 1989), is researching computational condensed matter and high-performance computing, including shared memory, distributed memory, and hybrid distributed memory parallel computing.

 

 Phillip SprungerPhillip Sprunger, professor of physics and astronomy and scientific director of the LSU Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1993), is researching surface electronic/vibrational/structural properties of model catalytic and environmental chemistry systems.

 

 Georgios VeronisGeorgios Veronis, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and Rubicon Professor (PhD, Stanford University, 2002), is researching theory and simulation of photonic materials and devices, nanoscale photonic devices, plasmonics, and computational electromagnetics.

 

 Wanjun WangWanjun Wang, Jack Holmes Professor of Mechanical Engineering (PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1989), is researching lithography technologies, micro- and nano-fabrication, micro-optical and microfluidic systems, sensors and technologies, and additive manufacturing.

 

 Weiwei XieWeiwei Xie, assistant professor of chemistry (PhD, Iowa State University, 2014), is researching solid-state materials by coupling both experimental and theoretical aspects, with a specific emphasis on novel superconductors and magnetic topological quantum materials.

 

 David YoungDavid Young, professor of physics and astronomy and Webster Parish Alumni Professor (PhD, Florida State University, 1998), is researching synthesis and characterization of intermetallic strongly correlated electron materials, as well as single crystal growth and noncentrosymmetric and topological materials, magnetism, superconductivity, and thermoelectrics.

 

 Jiandi ZhangJiandi Zhang, professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, Syracuse University, 1994), is researching novel properties of complex materials like transition-metal oxides by the effects of broken symmetry, reduced dimensionality, and spatial confinement, and by controlling lattice strain and chemical composition.

 

 

Louisiana Tech University Researchers

 Mark A. DeCosterMark A. DeCoster, associate director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (PhD, Medical College of Virginia/VCU, 1989), studies self-assembly of nanomaterials in biological environments; characterization and utilization of nano- and micro-scale high-aspect-ratio structures (HARS); and microscopy and image analysis of nano- and micro-scale materials, among other areas.

 

 Yuri LvovYuri Lvov, professor of chemistry (PhD, Moscow State University, 1979), is researching nano- and micro-fabrication; nano-architectural material production; electrostatic layer-by-layer nanoparticle self-assembly; ceramic nanotubes; metal-ceramic core-shell nanotube systems; encapsulated quantum dots; and organic-inorganic nanocomposites.

 

 Kasra MomeniKasra Momeni, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (PhD, Iowa State University, 2015), is researching multiscale framework development for vapor-based synthesis of 2D materials to provide guidelines for their synthesis by design; optimizing the current growth processes; and predicting properties of as-grown 2D materials.

 

 Adarsh D. RadadiaAdarsh D. Radadia, F.E. Hogan Family Professor of Chemical Engineering (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009), is researching micro-and nano-fabrication of diamond, graphene, and hexagonal boron nitride devices using conventional lithography, reactive ion etching, and atomic force microscopy tip-based lithography.

 

 Ramu RamachandranRamu Ramachandran, professor of chemistry (PhD, Kansas State University, 1987), is researching DFT calculations on bulk materials and surfaces (metal/ceramic interfaces, oxidation of metals and alloys); structure and spin states of nanoparticles of metals, metal oxides, and bimetallic nanoparticles; and molecular systems.

 

 Shabnam SiddiquiShabnam Siddiqui, research assistant professor (PhD, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 2006), is looking at the development of mathematical and computational models for studying electrical and chemical properties of nanomaterials enabled electrodes for applications in biological, neuro-chemical sensing and energy storage. She is the author of Quantum Mechanics: A Simplified Approach.

 

 

Tulane University Researchers

 Jianwei SunJianwei Sun, assistant professor of physics (PhD, Tulane University, 2010), is studying quantum materials such as cuprates, iron-based superconductors, topological materials, and magnetic materials, with particular interest in couplings between charge, spin, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom of quantum materials and computational materials.

 

 Diyar TalbayevDiyar Talbayev, associate professor of physics (PhD, Stony Brook University, 2004), is using time-resolved spectroscopy to study optical and electronic properties of quantum materials, including those with strong electronic correlations and non-trivial topologies of electronic bands.

 

 Jiang WeiJiang Wei, associate professor of physics (PhD, University of Washington at Seattle, 2010), is researching the design and fabrication of nanostructures and electrical and optical properties of low-dimensional quantum materials and devices, and developing device fabrication and characterization methods for qubits and sensors based on topological materials.

 

 

Southern University Researchers

 Diola BagayokoDiola Bagayoko, professor of physics and dean of the Honors College (PhD, Louisiana State University, 1983), is researching first-principle quantum computations for the electronic and related properties of solids and clusters.

 

 Yaser BanadakiYaser Banadaki, assistant professor of computer science (PhD, Louisiana State University, 2016), is researching computational modeling and experimental validation of novel materials and nanostructures for information technology and sensor devices, and material knowledge discovery techniques using machine learning algorithms.

 

 Feng GaoFeng Gao, assistant professor of physics (PhD, Shandong University, 2011), is researching magnetism and magnetic materials, and nanomaterials as catalysts for fuel cells.

 

 Shizhong YangShizhong Yang, associate professor of computer science (PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2006) is researching nano-material dislocation dynamics and strength under high pressure; electronic structure and properties of superconductors; computational materials design of multicomponent alloys; and coating in extreme environments.

 

 

Grambling State University Researchers

 Naidu V. SeetalaNaidu V. Seetala, Edward Bouchet Endowed Professor of Physics (PhD, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta, India, year TBA), is researching ultra-high-temperature ceramic nanocomposites, polymer composites, nanocatalysts, nanoporosity using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, and magnetic nanoparticles for storage media applications.

 

 Haeyeon YangHaeyeon Yang, assistant professor of physics (PhD, Brown University, 1996), is researching optical properties, including photoluminescence, of quantum dots and wires that are fabricated by epitaxial, colloidal, and laser interferential techniques. His recent work includes the study of laser interaction with materials for the fabrication of novel nanomaterials.

 

 

University of Louisiana Lafayette Researchers

 Michalis CharilaouMichalis Charilaou, assistant professor of physics (PhD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2012), is researching computational modeling of magnetic materials and nanostructures to elucidate the occurrence of complex magnetization textures with non-trivial topology, such as skyrmions and emergent monopoles.

 

 

Quantum materials

Quantum Metrology and Detection (interferometry, spectroscopy, correlations...)

 

Quantum Metrology and Detection describes those areas of research devoted to improving the theory and practice of the measurement and detection of particles and their interactions, as well as related phenomena.

Louisiana State University Researchers

 Thomas CorbittThomas Corbitt, associate professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008), is researching quantum sensing for gravitational wave detection.

 

 Hwang LeeHwang Lee, associate professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, Texas A&M University, 1998), is researching the generation of non-classical states of radiation fields and their applications in precision measurements, quantum computing, and communication.

 

 

Louisiana Tech University Researchers

 Kristopher HarrisKristopher Harris, assistant professor of chemistry (PhD, University of Alberta, 2009), is focused on solid-state NMR spectroscopy (including quantum theory of spin angular momentum for nuclei and applications of NMR spectroscopy to 2D materials, etc.) and computational methods (e.g., relating properties to electronic wavefunctions).

 

 H. Lee SawyerH. Lee Sawyer, Charles and Newellyn Spruell Distinguished Professor of Physics (PhD, Florida State University, 1991), researches calorimetry of particles; searches for new particles (particularly supersymmetric); measures the properties of jet physics and the strong nuclear force; and works on the design and simulation of particle detectors.

 

 Neven SimicevicNeven Simicevic, professor of physics (PhD, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1990), is researching computational and numerical methods in quantum mechanics, theoretical nuclear physics, experimental techniques in nuclear and particle physics, research of Hadron structure and hypernuclear physics, and simulation and theoretical interpretation of nuclear reactions.

 

 

Tulane University Researchers

 Fred WietfeldtFred Wietfeldt, professor of physics (PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1994), is focused on two areas of neutron physics: free neutron decay and neutron interferometry, making high precision measurements of neutron scattering lengths and neutron interactions with matter.

 

 

Quantum metrology

 

 

Quantum Research News 

Eneet Kaur

By Leaps and Bounds: PhD Student Positions LSU as a Leading Contributor to Research on Quantum Key Distribution

Eneet Kaur is a doctoral student and rising star in quantum information science at LSU. She recently presented her work on quantum key distribution, a method to secure communications based on the physical principles of quantum mechanics, as an invited talk at the QCrypt conference in Montreal, Canada.

 

 

 

Quantum computer photo from NY Times

Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

Google said on Wednesday that it had achieved a long-sought breakthrough called quantum supremacy, which could allow new kinds of computers to do calculations at speeds that are inconceivable with today’s technology.

 

 

 

 

LSU Research magazine cover

LSU Research — “Quantum Realm”

If you’ve seen any of the recent movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’ve probably spent at least a brief moment pondering the word “quantum.” Like a lot of scientific words used in movies, quantum sounds important, difficult, and powerful. And it gets thrown around a lot to explain difficult plot necessities. As Scott Lang says in Ant-Man and The Wasp, “Do you guys just put the word quantum in front of everything?”

 

 

 

 

Chenglong You in the LSU Quantum Photonics Lab

LSU Physicist Awarded Prestigious 2019 Emil Wolf Award

As the first researcher ever from Louisiana, Chenglong You, a postdoctoral researcher in the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, was recently named as a recipient of the 2019 Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition. You’s paper, titled “Multiphoton quantum metrology without pre- and post-selected measurements,” features his research in demonstrating the first protocol for quantum-enhanced phase estimation without conditional measurements.

 

 

LSU Quantum Photonics Lab

Light in a New Light: Creating Different Kinds of Light with Manipulable Quantum Properties

Omar Magaña-Loaiza, assistant professor in the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, and his team of researchers describe a noteworthy step forward in the quantum manipulation and control of light, which has far-reaching quantum technology applications in imaging, simulation, metrology, computation, communication, and cryptography, among other areas.

 

 

 

Google used a 54-qubit processor called Sycamore to carry out its quantum supremacy experiment.

What Google's Quantum Supremacy Claim Means for Quantum Computing

“There are many in the classical computer community, who don't understand quantum theory, who have claimed that quantum computers are not more powerful than classical computers,” says Jonathan Dowling, a professor in theoretical physics and member of the Quantum Science and Technologies Group at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. “This experiment pokes a stick into their eyes.”

 

 

 

QuILT group

Quantum Buzz (No Bee)

It’s not a quilting bee. QuILT stands for Quantum Information Technologies in Louisiana, and QuILT Days are a series of events organized by Mark Wilde of the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Center for Computation & Technology, Ryan Glasser of Tulane University, and Peter Bierhorst of University of New Orleans. Joined by researchers from around Louisiana for a day of quantum information science and related presentations, their goal is to foster future collaborations and expand the state’s overall research effort.

 

 

 

White House Roundtable

LSU at the White House Meeting on Quantum Information Science

“The White House meeting on quantum information science was a great opportunity for LSU to help shape the future of an exciting, rapidly growing, and strategically important field,” said Samuel J. Bentley, Vice President of Research & Economic Development.

 

 

 

 

The number 2

The Quantum Random Number Generator

The random numbers made at NIST’s Boulder labs in 2018 come from the inherent indeterminacy of the quantum world. The scientist leading the project, Peter Bierhorst (now at the University of New Orleans), made these numbers by applying the quantum effect called entanglement to photons. Here’s why that matters.

 

 

 

Thomas Corbitt

Hello, Quantum Vacuum, Nice to See You

Thomas Corbitt, associate professor in the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, and his team of researchers measure quantum behavior at room temperature, visible to the naked eye, as reported today in the journal Nature.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Dowling and Ward Plummer

LSU Gears Up for Quantum Race

When China launched the world’s first quantum science satellite in August of 2016, Jonathan Dowling, LSU professor and Hearne Chair of Theoretical Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, called it a “Sputnik moment.” Now scholars from across the U.S. will gather on LSU campus for a two-day workshop about quantum research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Mislove

Tulane Awarded $3.67 Million Grant for Quantum Computing

Tulane University professor Michael Mislove has received a $3.67 million grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to help develop cutting-edge technology related to quantum computing.

 

 

 

 

 

Quantum Research: Watch & Listen 

LSU's Jonathan Dowling and other researchers explain the race to build a quantum computer, on BBC.

LSU's Jonathan Dowling discusses quantum sensing and communications at a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine colloquium.

  LSU, Louisiana Tech, Tulane, Southern, Grambling, Loyola New Orleans, UNO, University of Louisiana Lafayette

 Thomas CorbittThomas Corbitt, associate professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008), is researching quantum sensing for gravitational wave detection.

 

 Theda Daniels-RaceTheda Daniels-Race, professor of electrical and computer engineering with a joint appointment at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, and an M.B. Voorhies Distinguished Professor (PhD, Cornell University, 1990), is researching nanoscale electronic materials and structures and their quantum electro-optical phenomena.

 

 John DiTusaJohn DiTusa, professor of physics and astronomy and department chair (PhD, Cornell, 1992), is researching the consequences of chiral and non-centrosymmetric crystal structures on the electronic, magnetic, and phononic properties of materials, as well as their couplings.

 

 Jonathan DowlingJonathan Dowling, professor of physics and astronomy and Hearne Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics (PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1988), is researching quantum sciences and technologies with a focus on quantum sensors and imagers.

 

 Louis H. HaberLouis H. Haber, associate professor of chemistry (PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2009), is researching chemical, structural, electronic, and photophysical dynamics at nanomaterial interfaces using ultrafast and nonlinear optical spectroscopy techniques, such as second harmonic generation, transient absorption, and pump-probe reflectivity.

 

 Rongying JinRongying Jin, professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 1997), is researching novel quantum materials with profound quantum phenomena, such as topological insulators/semimetals/superconductors and quantum magnets.

 

 Revati KumarRevati Kumar, assistant professor of chemistry and faculty member at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, year TBA), is... TBA.

 

 Richard L. KurtzRichard L. Kurtz, professor of physics and astronomy and director of CAMD (PhD, Yale University, 1983), is researching oxide and thin-film surfaces using synchrotron radiation, including Fermi surfaces, showing that both initial and final states in the photoemission process contribute to the measured k-space contours.

 

 Hwang LeeHwang Lee, associate professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, Texas A&M University, 1998), is researching the generation of non-classical states of radiation fields and their applications in precision measurements, quantum computing, and communication.

 

 Robert LiptonRobert Lipton, Nicholson Professor of Mathematics (PhD, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, 1986), is researching multi-scale materials systems and wave phenomena generated by the interaction of light with matter.

 

 Kenneth LopataKenneth Lopata, associate professor of chemistry (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010), is researching first-principles simulations of attosecond electron dynamics in molecules and materials, as well as time-resolved ultraviolet/visible and X-ray absorption spectroscopies.

 

 Omar Magaña-LoaizaOmar Magaña-Loaiza, assistant professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, University of Rochester, 2016), is researching the fundamental and applied aspects of optical physics and quantum optics, exploring novel properties of light and its potential for developing quantum technologies.

 

 Kevin McPeakKevin McPeak, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Nanofabrication Facility (PhD, Drexel University, 2010), is researching photocatalysis, plasmonic materials, nanofabrication, and nanoscale chirality.

 

 Juana MorenoJuana Moreno, associate professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, Rutgers University, 1997), is researching computational tools, such as the dynamical mean-field theory, the dynamical cluster approximation, and quantum Monte Carlo solvers, to simulate quantum materials quantitatively using parameters extracted from first principles calculations.

 

 Seung-Jong (Jay) ParkSeung-Jong (Jay) Park, professor of computer science and faculty member at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology (PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2004), is researching big data and deep learning using high-speed networking and high-performance computing for large-scale data analysis.

 

 Lu PengLu Peng, Gerard L. “Jerry” Rispone Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD, University of Florida, 2005), is researching GPUs, quantum computer architecture, deep learning hardware accelerators, and application-specific processor design.

 

 Ward PlummerWard Plummer, Boyd Professor of Physics & Astronomy and special assistant to the LSU Vice President of Research & Economic Development (PhD, Cornell University, 1968), is researching quantum dynamical properties and quantum phenomena associated with the unique environment at a surface or interface driven by broken symmetry and reduced dimensionality.

 

 Jagannathan “Ram” RamanujamJagannathan “Ram” Ramanujam, John E. and Beatrice L. Ritter Distinguished Professor in the Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Floating Point Systems Endowed Chair in Computational Methods and director of the LSU Center for Computation & Technology (PhD, The Ohio State University, 1990), is researching computation- and data-enabled science and engineering, high-performance computing and machine learning, and quantum computing.

 

 Ravi RauRavi Rau, alumni professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, University of Chicago, 1970), is researching entanglement and other correlations such as quantum discord, their evolution under dissipative and decoherent processes and how they may be controlled, geometrical and symmetry studies of operators and states of N qubits and connections betweem the Lie and clifford algebras involved with topics in projective geometry and design theory.

 

 Daniel SheehyDaniel Sheehy, associate professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001), is researching superfluid phases of cold atomic gases, the electronic properties of graphene, and topological phases of matter.

 

 William A. SheltonWilliam A. Shelton, professor of chemical engineering and faculty member at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology (PhD, University of Cincinnati, 1989), is researching computational condensed matter and high-performance computing, including shared memory, distributed memory, and hybrid distributed memory parallel computing.

 

 Phillip SprungerPhillip Sprunger, professor of physics and astronomy and scientific director of the LSU Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1993), is researching surface electronic/vibrational/structural properties of model catalytic and environmental chemistry systems.

 

 Ilya VekhterIlya Vekhter, professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, Brown University, 1998), is researching ordering phenomena in strongly correlated systems, especially magnetism and unconventional superconductivity, as well as interfaces of topological and other spin-orbit coupled materials.

 

 Georgios VeronisGeorgios Veronis, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and Rubicon Professor (PhD, Stanford University, 2002), is researching theory and simulation of photonic materials and devices, nanoscale photonic devices, plasmonics, and computational electromagnetics.

 

 Wanjun WangWanjun Wang, Jack Holmes Professor of Mechanical Engineering (PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1989), is researching lithography technologies, micro- and nano-fabrication, micro-optical and microfluidic systems, sensors and technologies, and additive manufacturing.

 

 Mark M. WildeMark M. Wilde, associate professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, University of Southern California, 2008), is researching quantum information and communication theory, quantum optical communication, entanglement theory, quantum error correction, and quantum computational complexity theory. He is the author of Quantum Information Theory (Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2017).

 

 Weiwei XieWeiwei Xie, assistant professor of chemistry (PhD, Iowa State University, 2014), is researching solid-state materials by coupling both experimental and theoretical aspects, with a specific emphasis on novel superconductors and magnetic topological quantum materials.

 

 David YoungDavid Young, professor of physics and astronomy and Webster Parish Alumni Professor (PhD, Florida State University, 1998), is researching synthesis and characterization of intermetallic strongly correlated electron materials, as well as single crystal growth and noncentrosymmetric and topological materials, magnetism, superconductivity, and thermoelectrics.

 

 Jiandi ZhangJiandi Zhang, professor of physics and astronomy (PhD, Syracuse University, 1994), is researching novel properties of complex materials like transition-metal oxides by the effects of broken symmetry, reduced dimensionality, and spatial confinement, and by controlling lattice strain and chemical composition.

 

 

 Jinyuan ChenJinyuan Chen, assistant professor of electrical engineering (PhD, Télécom ParisTech, France, 2014), is researching information theory, communication theory, security and privacy, blockchain, distributed computing, and machine learning.

 

 Mark A. DeCosterMark A. DeCoster, associate director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (PhD, Medical College of Virginia/VCU, 1989), studies self-assembly of nanomaterials in biological environments; characterization and utilization of nano- and micro-scale high-aspect-ratio structures (HARS); and microscopy and image analysis of nano- and micro-scale materials, among other areas.

 

 Pedro A. DerosaPedro A. Derosa, professor of physics (PhD, National University of Córdoba, Argentina, 1997), is researching electronic structure and transport in molecular and nano-sized systems using DFT, Green Functions, and Monte Carlo Modeling.

 

 Benjamin DrozdenkoBenjamin Drozdenko, assistant professor of cyber engineering and computer science (PhD, Northeastern University, 2017), has expertise in Internet of Things and smart cities; wireless networking protocols; FPGA and system-on-chip HW-SW codesign; computing and cognitive and software-defined radio; and embedded/cyber-physical systems modeling and simulation.

 

 Dentcho A. GenovDentcho A. Genov, associate professor of physics and electrical engineering (PhD, Purdue University, 2005), is working on electromagnetic theory and applications, including quantum optics and photonics, plasmonics, quantum size effects of nanoparticles and structures, and more.

 

 Kristopher HarrisKristopher Harris, assistant professor of chemistry (PhD, University of Alberta, 2009), is focused on solid-state NMR spectroscopy (including quantum theory of spin angular momentum for nuclei and applications of NMR spectroscopy to 2D materials, etc.) and computational methods (e.g., relating properties to electronic wavefunctions).

 

 Yuri LvovYuri Lvov, professor of chemistry (PhD, Moscow State University, 1979), is researching nano- and micro-fabrication; nano-architectural material production; electrostatic layer-by-layer nanoparticle self-assembly; ceramic nanotubes; metal-ceramic core-shell nanotube systems; encapsulated quantum dots; and organic-inorganic nanocomposites.

 

 Kasra MomeniKasra Momeni, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (PhD, Iowa State University, 2015), is researching multiscale framework development for vapor-based synthesis of 2D materials to provide guidelines for their synthesis by design; optimizing the current growth processes; and predicting properties of as-grown 2D materials.

 

 Arden MooreArden Moore, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2010), is researching microdevices for studying multiscale energy transport (electrical and thermal), phonon physics, 2D materials, nanostructures, phase change processes, and sensor development.

 

 Adarsh D. RadadiaAdarsh D. Radadia, F.E. Hogan Family Professor of Chemical Engineering (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009), is researching micro-and nano-fabrication of diamond, graphene, and hexagonal boron nitride devices using conventional lithography, reactive ion etching, and atomic force microscopy tip-based lithography.

 

 Ramu RamachandranRamu Ramachandran, professor of chemistry (PhD, Kansas State University, 1987), is researching DFT calculations on bulk materials and surfaces (metal/ceramic interfaces, oxidation of metals and alloys); structure and spin states of nanoparticles of metals, metal oxides, and bimetallic nanoparticles; and molecular systems.

 

 H. Lee SawyerH. Lee Sawyer, Charles and Newellyn Spruell Distinguished Professor of Physics (PhD, Florida State University, 1991), researches calorimetry of particles; searches for new particles (particularly supersymmetric); measures the properties of jet physics and the strong nuclear force; and works on the design and simulation of particle detectors.

 

 Shabnam SiddiquiShabnam Siddiqui, research assistant professor (PhD, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 2006), is looking at the development of mathematical and computational models for studying electrical and chemical properties of nanomaterials enabled electrodes for applications in biological, neuro-chemical sensing and energy storage. She is the author of Quantum Mechanics: A Simplified Approach.

 

 Neven SimicevicNeven Simicevic, professor of physics (PhD, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1990), is researching computational and numerical methods in quantum mechanics, theoretical nuclear physics, experimental techniques in nuclear and particle physics, research of Hadron structure and hypernuclear physics, and simulation and theoretical interpretation of nuclear reactions.

 

 

 Denys BondarDenys Bondar, assistant professor of physics (PhD, University of Waterloo, Canada, 2011), is working on theoretical and computational research at the boundary of quantum thermodynamics and ultrafast nonlinear optics; quantum technology and nonlinear optical properties; and nonlinear optical effects in quantum information processing tasks.

 

 Matthew EscarraMatthew Escarra, assistant professor of engineering physics (PhD, Princeton University, 2011), is studying nanophotonic manipulation of light in sub-wavelength structures, with a focus on low-loss (dielectric) and tunable (phase change) materials, as well as the large-scale synthesis and device development of two-dimensional materials for optoelectronics.

 

 Ryan T. GlasserRyan T. Glasser, assistant professor of physics (PhD, Louisiana State University, 2009), uses nonlinear optical phenomena to investigate and discover novel configurations of multi-party quantum states and is developing machine learning techniques to increase the robustness of quantum communications and networking schemes.

 

 Lev KaplanLev Kaplan, professor of physics and department chair (PhD, Harvard University, 1996), investigates quantum computation, quantum communication, quantum encoding, and quantum metrology to use multi-photon states to perform information processing tasks.

 

 Michael W. MisloveMichael W. Mislove, Pendergraft Herbert Buchanan Professor of Mathematics and professor of computer science (PhD, University of Tennessee, 1969), researches topological algebra, domain theory, ordered structures, category theory, and non-well-founded set theory, as well as semantics of high-level programming languages, concurrency theory, process algebra, and probabilistic models.

 

 Jianwei SunJianwei Sun, assistant professor of physics (PhD, Tulane University, 2010), is studying quantum materials such as cuprates, iron-based superconductors, topological materials, and magnetic materials, with particular interest in couplings between charge, spin, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom of quantum materials and computational materials.

 

 Diyar TalbayevDiyar Talbayev, associate professor of physics (PhD, Stony Brook University, 2004), is using time-resolved spectroscopy to study optical and electronic properties of quantum materials, including those with strong electronic correlations and non-trivial topologies of electronic bands.

 

 Jiang WeiJiang Wei, associate professor of physics (PhD, University of Washington at Seattle, 2010), is researching the design and fabrication of nanostructures and electrical and optical properties of low-dimensional quantum materials and devices, and developing device fabrication and characterization methods for qubits and sensors based on topological materials.

 

 Fred WietfeldtFred Wietfeldt, professor of physics (PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1994), is focused on two areas of neutron physics: free neutron decay and neutron interferometry, making high precision measurements of neutron scattering lengths and neutron interactions with matter.

 

 

 Diola BagayokoDiola Bagayoko, professor of physics and dean of the Honors College (PhD, Louisiana State University, 1983), is researching first-principle quantum computations for the electronic and related properties of solids and clusters.

 

 Yaser BanadakiYaser Banadaki, assistant professor of computer science (PhD, Louisiana State University, 2016), is researching computational modeling and experimental validation of novel materials and nanostructures for information technology and sensor devices, and material knowledge discovery techniques using machine learning algorithms.

 

 Feng GaoFeng Gao, assistant professor of physics (PhD, Shandong University, 2011), is researching magnetism and magnetic materials, and nanomaterials as catalysts for fuel cells.

 

 Shizhong YangShizhong Yang, associate professor of computer science (PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2006) is researching nano-material dislocation dynamics and strength under high pressure; electronic structure and properties of superconductors; computational materials design of multicomponent alloys; and coating in extreme environments.

 

 

 Yenumula B. ReddyYenumula B. Reddy, professor of computer science (PhD, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, 1978), is researching cognitive radios and sensor networks, as well as applications of game models, neural networks, and genetic algorithms to wireless networks.

 

 Naidu V. SeetalaNaidu V. Seetala, Edward Bouchet Endowed Professor of Physics (PhD, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta, India, year TBA), is researching ultra-high-temperature ceramic nanocomposites, polymer composites, nanocatalysts, nanoporosity using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, and magnetic nanoparticles for storage media applications.

 

 Haeyeon YangHaeyeon Yang, assistant professor of physics (PhD, Brown University, 1996), is researching optical properties, including photoluminescence, of quantum dots and wires that are fabricated by epitaxial, colloidal, and laser interferential techniques. His recent work includes the study of laser interaction with materials for the fabrication of novel nanomaterials.

 

 

 Martin McHughMartin McHugh, chair of the physics department (PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder), has recently been working on quantum optics experiments with a number of undergraduate student collaborators, such as tests of Bell’s theorem using polarization-entangled states.

 

 Armin KargolArmin Kargol, Rev. James C. Carter, S.J, Distinguished Professor in Experimental Physics (PhD, Virginia Tech, 1994), is researching membrane transport, including experimental and modeling studies of ion channel gating in cell membranes, and quantum effects in photosynthesizing processes.

 

 

 Peter BierhorstPeter Bierhorst, assistant professor of mathematics (PhD, Tulane University, 2014), is researching the mathematical structures of quantum entanglement and nonlocality, with a focus on applications in quantum information theory.

 

 Md Tamjidul HoqueMd Tamjidul Hoque, associate professor of computer science (PhD, Monash University, Australia, 2008), is researching machine learning, bioinformatics, optimization, and quantum computing.

 

 

 Michalis CharilaouMichalis Charilaou, assistant professor of physics (PhD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2012), is researching computational modeling of magnetic materials and nanostructures to elucidate the occurrence of complex magnetization textures with non-trivial topology, such as skyrmions and emergent monopoles.

 

 Gabriele MorraGabriele Morra, associate professor of physics and geosciences (PhD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2004), is researching computational physics and machine learning applied to planetary science, most recently investigating how material properties at extremely high temperature and pressure control the initial stages of planetary formation.

 

 

 

2019 Quantum Materials Workshop 

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Quantum Research Groups 

LSU Quantum Photonics Group

LSU Quantum Science and Technologies Group

Tulane Escarra Research Group

Tulane Quantum Device Laboratory

Tulane Quantum Information and Nonlinear Optics Group