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Quantum Computing

With $80+ million in funding from IARPA, ARO, NSF and DOE to date, Duke ECE’s internationally recognized quantum computing team—part of the Duke Quantum Center—is replacing the bits of traditional computers with trapped ion qubits, which exist in multiple states at once. These powerful new quantum systems have the potential to perform multitudes of computations in quantum superposition, enabling algorithmic shortcuts for blazing fast computation. The future holds promise for applications in cybersecurity, AI, and modeling complex biological, chemical, pharmacological, environmental and financial systems. 

Eric Pretzsch works on a quantum computer setup in the Brown Lab

Research areas

  • Quantum error correction
  • Quantum control
  • Quantum computer architecture
  • Ion trapping
  • Spectroscopy of sympathetically cooled molecular ions
  • Quantum information
  • Novel photonic devices
  • Quantum thermodynamics
  • Quantum resource theory

Centers and Consortiums


Good to Know

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Spinoff IonQ has raised $77M in investor funding to date and has built two of the most accurate quantum computers in existence

Iman Marvian

Iman Marvian has won an NSF CAREER Award

Jungsang Kim has been named a Fellow of the American Physics Society

Robert Calderbank

Robert Calderbank was named a 2021 SIAM Fellow

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Foundational Step Shows Quantum Computers Can Be Better Than the Sum of Their Parts

Duke researchers show for the first time that an assembly of quantum computing pieces can be better than the worst parts used to make it

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Duke Joins $25M NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Robust Quantum Simulation

The Duke Quantum Center will help drive a suite of novel simulation devices that can predict and understand quantum phenomena

Associated Faculty

Kenneth R Brown

Kenneth R Brown

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Quantum error correction, quantum control, quantum computer architecture, ion trap quantum computing, and the spectroscopy of sympathetically cooled molecular ions

Robert Calderbank

Robert Calderbank

Charles S. Sydnor Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

Research Interests: Error control codes for quantum computing, wireless communication and the internet of things, coding theory for computer architecture, signal processing, machine learning

Jungsang Kim

Jungsang Kim

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Quantum Computing with Trapped Ions, Quantum Information Science, Novel Photonic Devices, Application of Quantum Computers

Iman Marvian

Iman Marvian

Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Quantum information and computation theory

Christopher R Monroe

Christopher R Monroe

Gilhuly Family Presidential Distinguished Professor

Research Interests: quantum physics, applications in quantum information science

Henry Pfister

Henry Pfister

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Information theory, communications, probabilistic graphical models, machine learning, and deep neural networks