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Comparison of predicted and measured conical intersection simulation with trapped ions

September 10, 2023

Conical Intersections

May 13, 2023

Brown Lab Graduates

Brown and MIST Lab 2023 MS, MEng, and PhD Graduates. Front row: Yuhi Akiyo, PhD; Zhubing Gloria Jia, PhD; Ruchi Pendse, MS; Robert Tripp Spivey, PhD; Swarnadeep Majumder, PhD. Back Row: Shilin Huang, PhD; Leon Riesebos, PhD; Grant Eberle, MEng; Chao Fang, Phd. 

January 16, 2023

Quantum error correction with metastable states of trapped ions using erasure conversion

Quantum error correction (QEC) is necessary for achieving a scalable and fault-tolerant quantum computer, as physical operations on quantum states are prone to errors. QEC can be challenging as entangled states of many physical qubits are used to encode quantum information. The performance of QEC [...]

September 21, 2022

Best Paper Award at IEEE Quantum Week

Leon Riesebos and Kenneth Brown win Best Paper Award: Track: Quantum Systems Software for  "Functional simulation of real-time quantum control software". Pictured here is Leon receiving the award from Professor Greg Byrd the General Chair of QCE 2022. Read more about our control system Duke Artiq [...]

Tomography of entangled motional states

May 24, 2022

Determination of Multimode Motional Quantum States in a Trapped Ion System

  Complex bosonic states play an important role in quantum simulations, quantum computation and spin-boson interactions. While direct readout of multi-mode bosonic states can be challenging, the Jaynes-Cummings type interactions can coherently map the information of bosonic states onto spin states [...]

April 16, 2022

Catherine Liang defends her Honors Thesis

Congratulations to Catherine (Qiyao) Liang on defending her undergraduate Honors Thesis in Physics and receiving Highest Honors! Catherine co-founded the Duke Undergraduate Quantum Information Society ( and has co-authored two papers  on two-qubit trapped ion gates. High-fidelity Two- [...]

October 3, 2021

Bacon-Shor Demonstration

Comparison of b-robust and robust

September 15, 2021

Batch Optimization of Frequency-Modulated Pulses for Robust Two-Qubit Gates in Ion Chains

Uncertainty in control parameters limits the quality of operations and algorithms on a quantum computer. Typical methods for building operations that are robust to these errors still optimize for the ideal case. In our recent publication (Kang, M. et al., Phys. Rev. Applied 16, 024039, [...]

Data showing the advantage of hidden inverses

April 2, 2021

Hidden inverses: Coherent error cancellation at the circuit level

In our new preprint (arXiv: 2104.01119) in collaboration with the MIST lab, we demonstrate a new technique “hidden inverses”, which suppresses slow varying coherent errors in quantum computing circuits efficiently. The “hidden inverses” method reduces control errors by constructing quantum gates [...]

November 3, 2020

Swarnadeep awarded QISE-NET fellowship with ORNL

Brown lab member, Swarnadeep Majumder, was awarded a Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network (QISE-NET) fellowship. Swarnadeep will be a part of the third cohort of the QISE-NET program, an NSF funded national training program for graduate students pursuing careers in quantum science [...]

clifford flag

September 17, 2020

Extended flag gadgets for low-overhead circuit verification

A new work has been posted on the arXiv entitled 'Extended Flag Gadgets for Low-Overhead Circuit Verification.' In this work we propose an extension to the flag qubit framework which can be applied in a more general setting. Our gadgets can detect faults on generic unitaries, and are low overhead [...]

Ca ion and molecualr ion

August 20, 2020

Manipulating molecular ion qubits

Our new preprint on coupling molecular and atomic ion qubits can be found at arXiv:2008.09201 .This work is in collaboration with the Eric Hudson and Wes Campbell groups at UCLA and Michael Heaven at Emory University.   In this article we discuss a novel laser-free method of using an atomic ion for [...]

QCCD Figure

April 10, 2020

Architecting noisy intermediate-scale trapped ion quantum computers

New paper published in the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA2020)!


March 13, 2020

Critical faults of leakage errors on the surface code

Leakage is a particularly damaging error that occurs when a qubit leaves the defined computational subspace.


March 12, 2020

Photon-mediated charge-exchange reactions between 39K atoms and 40Ca+ ions in a hybrid trap

Our detailed study of photon-mediated charge exchange between cold Potassium atoms and calcium ions is published in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.