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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 Duke's quantum information group—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. 

Iman Marvian, Jungsang Kim and Kenneth Brown in Kim's 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

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Kavli Quantum Coffee Hour brings together Duke quantum information enthusiasts

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Duke to Lead $15 Million Program to Create First Practical Quantum Computer

Seven-university, five-year interdisciplinary collaboration is funded by the National Science Foundation's largest quantum computing effort to date

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Spectator Qubits Seek to Improve Control of Four Quantum Computing Systems

International project led by Duke University engineers receives $9 million from Army Research Office

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Grant Targets Quantum Computing's Error Control Challenge

University-industry consortium tackling qubit degradation with ion technology for quantum information applications

Associated Faculty

Kenneth R Brown

Kenneth R Brown

Associate 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 Monroe

Christopher Monroe

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics (beginning January 1, 2021)

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