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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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Chris Monroe has been named a Fellow of the Optical Society

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Kenneth Brown has captured a new $1.5m award from the U.S. Army Research Office to simplify quantum characterization

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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 Wins NSF CAREER Award

Jungsang Kim and Chris Monroe flanking the IonQ logo

IonQ Goes Public

With a market capitalization valued around $2 billion, IonQ will become the first publicly traded company focused solely on quantum computing

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Duke Building a World-Class Team for the Quantum Computing Race

In the coming year, a trio of quantum information scientists and engineers will further expand Duke’s quantum capabilities

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Duke Engineers Appointed to National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee

Jungsang Kim and Chris Monroe join the new National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC), whose mission is to “counsel the Administration on ways to ensure continued American leadership in quantum information science”

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

Gihuly Family Presidential Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics

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