Prospective Students
Quantum Information Science (QIS) and Quantum-related Courses
Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECE 305 - Introduction to Quantum Systems I |
ECE 405 - Introduction to Quantum Systems II |
ECE 406 - Quantum Information Processing Theory |
ECE 407 - Quantum Optics and Devices |
PHYS 398QIC - Introduction to QIS |
PHYS 403 - Modern Physics Lab |
PHYS 446 - Advanced Computational Physics This is an immersive advanced computational physics course. The goals in this class are to program from scratch, simulate, and understand the physics within a series of multi-week projects spanning areas such as quantum computing (project 1 including quantum gates, and algorithms), statistical mechanics and the renormalization group (project 2 including the Ising model, phase transitions, numerical RG), machine learning (project 3 including Hopfield networks and energy-based models), and topological insulators (project 4 including tight-binding models, graphene, Chern-Insulators). Students will use C/C++ and python, among others, to complete their projects. The course approach (lectures, one-on-one interaction in class, etc.) is centered around giving you the information and skills you need to succeed in carrying out these projects. |
PHYS 485 - Atomic Phys & Quantum Theory |
PHYS 498SQD - Superconductor Devices for QIS Superconductor materials and devices have emerged as key components of quantum sensors and qubits for quantum computing and quantum simulation. In this course, we will first cover the basic phenomena and physics of superconductivity and the still expanding range of superconducting materials. We will then explore the implementation of superconductors in Josephson devices and their applications in the exploration of quantum materials and as quantum detectors in astronomy and cosmology. This will all lead to a survey of the important role of superconductors in qubit architectures for quantum information science and technology. |
CS 598CTO - Quantum Cryptography We will understand how an adversary that breaks advanced protocols can be transformed into an adversary that contradicts basic mathematical assumptions. Our focus will be on understanding key ideas in cryptography research published over the last few years, and identifying new directions and problems for the future. |
MATH 595 - Quantum, Complexity, and Topology Superconductor materials and devices have emerged as key components of quantum sensors and qubits for quantum computing and quantum simulation. In this course, we will first cover the basic phenomena and physics of superconductivity and the still expanding range of superconducting materials. We will then explore the implementation of superconductors in Josephson devices and their applications in the exploration of quantum materials and as quantum detectors in astronomy and cosmology. This will all lead to a survey of the important role of superconductors in qubit architectures for quantum information science and technology. |
MATH 595 - Quantum channels I: Representations and properties This course gives an introduction to the theory of quantum channels in the finite-dimensional setting of quantum information theory. We discuss the various mathematically equivalent representations of quantum channels, focus on some important subclasses of channels, and make connections to the theory of majorization and covariant channels. |
MATH 595 - Quantum Channels II: Data-processing, recovery channels, and quantum Markov chains |
CHEM 442 - Physical Chemistry I |
CHEM 540 - Quantum Mechanics |
CHEM 542 - Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy |
CHEM 550 - Advanced Quantum Dynamics |
Learn About IQUIST's Research Groups
Please find information about IQUIST research opportunities for current and prospective graduate students, undergraduates, and postdocs. This page will continue to be updated; however, for a full list of IQUIST researchers, please check our directory.
Peter Abbamonte
Peter Abbamonte's group uses new electron and x-ray scattering techniques to study the collective dynamics of quantum materials, including superconductors, topological phases, quasi-2D charge density wave materials, nematic phases, and strange metals.
Peter Abbamonte Research Group
Please email Professor Abbamonte at abbamont@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Taking graduate students: 0-1
Taking undergraduate students: 0-1
Mikael Backlund
Mikael Backlund's research interests are in applications of quantum sensing and metrology to problems in the molecular sciences.
Mikael Backlund Research Group
Please email Professor Backlund at mikaelb@illinois.edu if you are interested.
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Taking graduate students: 2–3
Taking undergraduate students: 1–2
Gaurav Bahl
Gaurav Bahl's group brings together engineers and physicists, working with integrated photonics, mechanics, and topological metamaterials, to explore quantum technologies, non-reciprocal devices, and sensing applications.
Please e-mail Professor Bahl at bahl@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include:
- Light-matter interaction and nonlinear optics
- Topological metamaterials (optics, electronics, mechanics)
- Integrated photonics
Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: 2–3
Douglas Beck
Douglas Beck's research is in entanglement in field theories and, separately, in quantum sensing.
Please email Professor Beck at dhbeck@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include:
- Entanglement in field theories
- Sensing of electric and magnetic fields with nitrogen-vacancy diamonds
- Intersection of quantum simulation and quantum sensing
Taking graduate students: 0-1
Taking undergraduate students: 1-2
Alexey Bezryadin
Alexey Bezryadin's research is focused on the area of hybrid topological quantum devices and superconducting qubits.
Alexey Bezryadin Research Group
Please e-mail Professor Bezryadin at bezryadi@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: 0–1
Simeon Bogdanov
Simeon Bogdanov's research is in the area of quantum nanophotonics
Simeon Bogdanov Research Group
Please email Professor Bogdanov at bogdanov@illinois.edu if you are interested.
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Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: 0–1
Barry Bradlyn
Barry Bradlyn's research is focused on using topology and geometry to design and classify quantum materials and metamaterials.
Please email Professor Bradlyn at bbradlyn@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include:
- Topological photonics
- Geometric responses in condensed matter
- Magnetic topological materials
- Quantum Hall physics
Taking graduate students: 0-1
Taking undergraduate students: 0-1
David Cahill
David Cahill studies the thermodynamics, transport, and interactions between phonons, electrons, and spin waves in materials.
Please email Professor Cahill at d-cahill@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include:
- Quantum sensing by color centers
- Coherent phonons Magnetic materials
Taking graduate students: Not at the moment
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment
David Ceperley
David Ceperley's research focuses on quantum Monte Carlo simulations of continuum many body systems.
Please e-mail Professor Ceperley at ceperley@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include:
- High pressure systems, mainly hydrogen and helium
- Low temperature physics, such as superfluids and Wigner crystals
- Machine learning
Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment
Eric Chitambar
Eric Chitambar's research group studies quantum information theory, with a focus on quantum resource theories and quantum communication.
Please e-mail Professor Chitambar at echitamb@illinois.edu if you are interested.
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Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: 0–1
Bryan Clark
Bryan Clark's group works at the intersection of quantum information, condensed matter, and computing. We develop quantum computing algorithms; determine the nature of entanglement phase transitions; and probe emergent quantum phenomena through simulations.
Please email Professor Clark at bkclark@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Taking graduate students: 1-2
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment
Offir Cohen
Offir Cohen's research is in the area of quantum optics and quantum phenomena in light-matter interaction
Please e-mail Professor Cohen at offir@illinois.edu if you are interested.
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Main areas of research include:
- Distributed quantum entanglement
- Fault-tolerant computing
Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: 0–1
Jacob Covey
Jacob Covey's research is in quantum science with arrays of neutral alkaline earth atoms.
Please e-mail Professor Covey at jcovey@illinois.edu if you are interested.
We seek to combine Rydberg-mediated local entanglement with photon-mediated remote entanglement for nuclear and optical qubits of alkaline earth atoms.
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Main areas of research include:
- Distributed quantum entanglement
- Fault-tolerant computing
- Atom array optical atomic clocks
- Telecom-band quantum communication
Taking graduate students: 2–3
Taking undergraduate students: 1–2
Brian DeMarco
Brian DeMarco's research is in quantum computing and simulation using atomic and molecular qubits.
Please e-mail Professor DeMarco at bdemarco@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include quantum simulation, quantum computing and networking.
Current projects:
- Quantum Simulation Hubbard Models using Optical Lattices
- Quantum Simulation of Particle Physics using Ultracold Molecules
- Cluster State Quantum Computing using Ultracold Molecules Confined in Optical Tweezers
- Distributed Quantum Computing and Networking using Trapped Atomic Ions
Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment
Patrick Draper
Patrick Draper's research focuses on the quantum simulation of theories and phenomena that arise in high energy physics, and separately, on the quantum structure of spacetime and thermodynamic aspects of gravity.
Please e-mail Professor Draper at pdraper@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include:
Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment
Jim Eckstein
Jim Eckstein's group makes quantum devices using molecular beam epitaxy of superconducting and topological materials along with advanced nano-fabrication processes.
Please e-mail Professor Eckstein at eckstein@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include:
- Extended superconducting qubit coherence from more perfect materials.
- Topological qubits.
- Quantum mixers
Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: 0-1
Kejie Fang
Kejie Fang’s research focuses on study of light-matter interactions and light manipulation at micro- and nano-scales for applications in photonic quantum information processing and quantum metrology.
Please e-mail Professor Fang at kfang3@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: 1–2
Tom Faulkner
Tom Faulkner’s research is on applications of quantum information to quantum gravity, black holes and quantum field theory.
Please e-mail Professor Faulkner at tomf@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include holographic duality, quantum gravity, and entanglement in QFT.
We study quantum information in AdS/CFT, also known as the holographic correspondence. We use quantum information to constrain the dynamics of gravity and quantum field theory via energy conditions. We use random tensor networks as toy models of AdS/CFT.
Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment
Eduardo Fradkin
Eduardo Fradkin's research is working in topological phases of matter (particularly, fractional quantum Hall fluids) and high Tc superconductors.
Eduardo Fradkin Research Group
Please e-mail Professor Fradkin at efradkin@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include Topological platforms for qubits
Taking graduate students: Not at the moment
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment
Bryce Gadway
Bryce Gadway's research is primarily in the area of quantum simulation with systems of trapped atoms and molecules. The group also has related interests in quantum sensing and quantum information science, as well as projects on non-Newtonian mechanics.
Please email Professor Gadway at bgadway@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment.
Elizabeth Goldschmidt
Elizabeth Goldschmidt’s research is in experimental quantum optics and atomic physics including quantum light-matter interfaces, quantum memory, and single photon sources, with a particular focus on atom-like emitters in solids as the physical platform for these experiments.
Elizabeth Goldschmidt Research Group
We are frequently looking for graduate, undergraduate, and postdoctoral researchers to join the group. Please email Elizabeth at goldschm@illinois.edu if you are interested.
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Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment.
Axel Hoffmann
Axel Hoffmann's group investigates spin transport and magnetization dynamics in complex magnetic heterostructures and devices.
Please e-mail Professor Hoffmann at axelh@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include:
Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: 0–1
Taylor Hughes
Taylor Hughes' research is in the area of condensed matter theory; primarily topological phases of matter in quantum materials and metamaterials.
Please e-mail Professor Hughes at hughest@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include:
- Topological metamaterials; intersection of condensed matter, quantum information, and high energy physics
- Novel quantum devices and platforms for quantum computation
- Geometry and topology in condensed matter physics
Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: 0–1
Yonatan (Yoni) Kahn
Yoni Kahn's research is focused on developing new theoretical proposals for experiments to detect dark matter and other weakly-coupled new particles in the laboratory and the cosmos.
Please e-mail Professor Kahn at yfkahn@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: 0–1
Dakshita Khurana
Dakshita Khurana's research is in the foundations of post-quantum and quantum cryptography.
Dakshita Khurana Research Group
Please e-mail Professor Khurana at dakshita@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include quantum secure computation, quantum cryptography, secure protocol design
Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: 1–2
Kohei Kishida
Kohei Kishida's research is in foundations of quantum physics and computing and their applications to formal methods such as protocol verification.
Please e-mail Professor Kishida at kkishida@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include:
- Foundations of quantum physics and computing. In particular, I pursue the structural expression of non-locality and contextuality.
- Quantum programming languages. Results of category theory and foundations are applied to obtaining programming languages with desirable features.
Taking graduate students: Not at the moment.
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment.
Angela Kou
Angela Kou's research is focused on building novel superconducting circuits for quantum simulation and investigating topological phenomena.
Please e-mail Professor Kou at akou@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: 0–1
Paul Kwiat
Paul Kwiat’s research is in the area of atomic molecular and optical physics and quantum optics, including generation, characterization and engineering of photonic quantum states, quantum memories, and single-photon-level spectroscopy.
Kwiat Quantum Information Group
Please e-mail Professor Kwiat at kwiat@illinois.edu if you are interested.
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Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: 1–2
Felix Leditzky
Felix Leditzky's research focuses on mathematical and computational aspects of quantum information theory, in particular topics in quantum communication and quantum information processing. This subfield is sometimes referred to as "quantum Shannon theory" in analogy to classical Shannon theory (viz. information theory), pioneered by Claude Shannon in his landmark paper of 1948. See below for a more detailed list of research topics, as well as mathematical and numerical methods used to study them.
Please e-mail Professor Leditzky at leditzky@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment
Anthony J. Leggett
Anthony Leggett's "research group", such as it is (me plus my last remaining graduate student) studies primarily the kinetics of the Meissner effect in superconductors and the symmetry of the order parameter in Sr_2RuO_4.
Please e-mail Professor Leggett at aleggett@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include:
- Foundations of quantum mechanics,especially tests of the superposition principle at the meso/macroscopic level.
- Possible topological superconductivity in Sr_2RuO_4 and elsewhere.
- Low-temperature properties of glasses (why are they not just qualitatively but so quantitatively universal?)
Taking graduate students: Not at the moment
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment
Rob Leigh
Rob Leigh and his research group study quantum information structures in continuum quantum field theories, especially topological field theories, as well as their relevance to gravitation. The group has established many detailed results and developed computational techniques for entanglement measures in Chern-Simons theories, including interesting connections with conformal field theories and knot theory. A key link between quantum information concepts and energy conditions in gravity was recently established by the group.
Please e-mail Professor Leigh at rgleigh@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main area of research includes entanglement and complexity in quantum field theories.
Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: 0–1
Virginia Lorenz
Virginia Lorenz’s research is in the area of atomic molecular and optical physics and quantum optics, including generation, characterization and engineering of photonic quantum states, quantum memories, and single-photon-level spectroscopy.
Virginia Lorenz Research Group
Please e-mail Professor Lorenz at vlorenz@illinois.edu if you are interested.
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Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: 0–1
Vidya Madhavan
Vidya Madhavan's research focuses on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Quantum Materials.
Please e-mail Professor Madhavan at vm1@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Nanoscale studies of topological superconductors and Majorana modes.
Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: 1–2
Fahad Mahmood
Fahad Mahmood's research involves using light-matter interaction at short (fs to ps) timescales to understand and alter the collective behavior of electrons in a variety of quantum materials.
Please e-mail Professor Mahmood at fahad@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Techniques include:
- Time and Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (tr-ARPES)
- Time-domain THz spectroscopy and polarimetry
- Non-linear THz light-matter interaction
Materials of Interest:
- Topological semi-metals and insulators
- Unconventional superconductors
- Frustrated magnets
Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: 0–1
Nancy Makri
Nancy Makri's group focuses on the development of real-time path integral methods for simulating the quantum dynamics of systems in condensed-phase environments.
Please e-mail Professor Makri at nmakri@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include:
- Quantum coherence in dissipative environments
- Excitation energy transfer
- Spin dynamics and entanglement
Taking graduate students: 1–2
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment
Nadya Mason
Nadya Mason's research focuses on experimental studies of quantum transport in low-dimensional and hybrid materials, including nanoscale superconductors, topological-magnetic, topological-superconducting, semiconducting nanowires, and 2D systems.
Please e-mail Professor Mason at nadya@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: 0–1
Wolfgang Pfaff
The Pfafflab focuses on linking superconducting and hybrid quantum processors through propagating photons to study quantum networks and open quantum systems.
Please e-mail Professor Pfaff at wpfaff@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: 1–2
Thomas Searles
Thomas Searles's research focuses on a variety of topics in quantum engineering including quantum information, quantum materials and light-matter interaction.
Please e-mail Professor Searle's at tsearles@uic.edu if you are interested.
Main areas of research include:
- Quantum computing
- quantum information
- quantum materials
- quantum networking
New projects in quantum engineering include activities in quantum information, quantum communications and applications of classical machine learning methods to quantum systems/devices.
Taking graduate students: 1-2
Taking undergraduate students: 2-3
Edgar Solomonik
Edgar Solomonik's research is in numerical analysis, high performance computing, and quantum simulation.
Edgar Solomonik Research Group
Please e-mail Professor Solomonik at solomon2@illinois.edu if you are interested.
Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: 0–1
Smitha Vishveshwara
Smitha Vishveshwara's research delves into correlated quantum states of matter in a range of settings from the atomic and nanoscale to the astronomical.
Smitha Vishveshwara Research Group
Please e-mail Professor Vishveshwara at smivish@illinois.edu if you are interested.
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Current projects (year 2021) include studying topological qubits, quench dynamics in correlated quantum systems, bosons in optical lattices, quantum condensates aboard the International Space Station, and anyon and black hole-like dynamics in quantum Hall systems.
Taking graduate students: 0–1
Taking undergraduate students: Not at the moment