Published on Aug 31, 2015
William Oliver visited the Quantum AI Lab at Google LA on August 13, 2015 and gave this talk: "Quantum Engineering of Superconducting Qubits"Abstract:
Superconducting qubits are coherent artificial atoms assembled from electrical circuit elements. Their lithographic scalability, compatibility with microwave control, and operability at nanosecond time scales all converge to make the superconducting qubit a highly attractive candidate for the constituent logical elements of a quantum information processor. Over the past decade, spectacular improvement in the manufacturing and control of these devices has moved superconducting qubits from the realm of scientific curiosity to the threshold of technological reality. In this talk, we review this progress and present aspects of our work related to the quantum systems engineering of high-coherence devices and high-fidelity control. For more information:  J. Bylander, et al., Nature Physics 7, 565 (2011)  W.D. Oliver & P.B. Welander, MRS Bulletin 38, 816 (2013)Bio:
William D. Oliver is a Senior Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems Group and a Professor of the Practice in the MIT Physics Department. He provides programmatic and technical leadership for programs related to the development of quantum and classical high-performance computing technologies. His interests include the materials growth, fabrication, design, and measurement of superconducting qubits, as well as the development of cryogenic packaging and control electronics involving cryogenic CMOS and single-flux quantum digital logic.
Prior to joining MIT & Lincoln Laboratory in 2003, Will was a graduate research associate with Prof. Yoshihisa Yamamoto at Stanford University investigating quantum optical phenomena and entanglement of electrons in two-dimensional electron gas systems. He previously spent two years at the MIT Media Laboratory developing an interactive computer music installation called the Singing Tree as part of Prof. Tod Machover’s Brain Opera.
Will has published 52 journal articles and 7 book chapters, is an active seminar lecturer, and is inventor or co-inventor on two patents. He serves on the US Committee for Superconducting Electronics; is an Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) Board Member; and is a member of the American Physical Society, IEEE, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, and Tau Beta Pi. In 2013, he was a JSPS visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo.
Will received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Stanford University in 2003, the SM in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1997, and a BS in Electrical Engineering and BA in Japanese from the University of Rochester (NY) in 1995.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VHF7esEeM4&feature=youtu.be