UW Molecular Engineering and Materials Center (MEM•C)
UW MEM-C, an NSF MRSEC center, supports a wide range of research projects aimed at accelerating our understanding of quantum materials and materials for quantum information. The first interdisciplinary research group (IRG1) focuses on defects, which can serve as spin qubits and single photon sources in colloidal inorganic nanocrystals. IRG 2 is focused on discovering new forms of quantum matter in atomically layered materials. Learn More
Physics of entanglement
Silas Beane (UW Physics), David Kaplan (UW Physics, INT), Kenneth Roche (PNNL), Alessandro Roggero (INT), Martin Savage (UW Physics, INT) / Learn More
Entanglement is perhaps the defining feature of quantum mechanics. Our group is working to better understand its role in the structure and dynamics of strongly coupled quantum many-body systems.
Coherence control of spin dynamics
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Understanding spin and magnetization dynamics is crucial to many advanced scientific research and technological developments in quantum computing and quantum information systems. The Li group is developing time-dependent many-electron theories and computational methods that can be applied to simulate physically relevant non-equilibrium spin dynamics and internal spin couplings.
Ab initio quantum materials
Xiaodong Xu, Kai-Mei Fu with Dirk Englund (PI, MIT), Jing Kong (MIT), Marko Loncar (Harvard), Jianwei Miao (UCLA), Pineha Narang (Harvard) / Learn More
This project seeks to make a major advances in solid-state quantum technologies by developing tools to predict – from first-principles quantum theory – the properties of quantum materials, and then to fabricate, image and measure them at the atomic scale.
Synthesis of tailored quantum emitters
David Ginger, Brandi Cossairt, Daniel Gamelin
Solution-processable quantum dots and doped materials offer compelling advantages for scaling, tunability, and heterointegration in quantum information systems. Our team is exploring new materials and synthetic methods that can open the door to precisely tailored, chemically synthesized quantum materials with both coherent emission and unique properties (such as a strong optical Stark effect) for quantum-enabled technologies.
Molecular synthesis of nanodiamond quantum sensors
Peter Pauzauskie, Xiaosong Li, Rhonda Stroud (NRL) / Learn More
The synthesis of nanoscale materials for quantum sensing and communication applications remains a persistent challenge. In this project atomically-precise, molecular precursors are being employed for the synthesis of well-defined quantum point defects in nanodiamond materials. Recently, tetraethylorthoxysilane (TEOS) molecules have been used to create negatively-charged silicon-divacancy (SiV) point defect in nanodiamond materials.