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CMP Seminar: Dr. Eric Holland: Superconducting Quantum Technologies: Past, Present, and Future


When: Thursday, October 17, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Central

Where: Technological Institute, F160, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Cristian Pennington  

Group: Physics and Astronomy Condensed Matter Physics Seminars

Category: Academic


At present, quantum technologies appear to be on a tremendous ascent towards transformative applications in both simulation and sensing.  To appreciate how we have arrived at such an auspice moment in scientific history I will describe the basics of quantum information science at both the theoretical and experimental level.  I will then summarize the current state of the art for superconducting quantum devices as well as segue to our current efforts at Fermilab.  Our flagship activity is to couple the world’s most coherent, synthesized structures, superconducting radio frequency cavities, to superconducting quantum bits enabling research in creating and controlling the rich physics of a quantum harmonic oscillator.  To do so we, as do dozens of groups in academia, industry, and national laboratories around the world, use the quantum optics paradigm, circuit quantum electrodynamics, to make, manipulate, and measure the quantum many-body physics enabled by strongly coupled superconducting devices.  

Dr. Eric Holland, Fermilab

Eric Holland is the Fermilab Deputy Head of Quantum Technology whose central focus is developing and deploying the world’s most coherent, synthesized quantum architectures for data processing, quantum simulation, and quantum sensing.  Prior to Fermilab, Dr. Holland served as the chief quantum hardware and application architect for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory developing ultra-high kinetic inductance additive manufacture superconducting resonators as well as hardware enabled encodings for the simulation of lite nuclei scattering by a chiral effective field theory including pion exchange.  Additionally, Dr. Holland served as the principle quantum research scientist at semiconductor manufacturer consortia SEMATECH developing the first demonstration of 193nm immersion lithography superconducting qubits at a 300mm manufacturing pilot line facility.  Dr. Holland holds a PhD from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Saint Anselm College.

Host: Jens Koch

Keywords: Physics, Astronomy, Condensed Matter

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