CHICAGO QUANTUM EXCHANGE

The Chicago Quantum Exchange is an intellectual hub and partnership for advancing academic and industrial efforts in the science and engineering of quantum information. Based in the Institute for Molecular Engineering, this center is designed to coordinate relevant activity across the disciplines and associated laboratories: Argonne National Laboratories and Fermi National Laboratory.

Our Research Areas

Condensed Matter Physics

Condensed Matter Physics explores the exotic behaviors that emerge when many quantum-mechanical particles interact with one another. Exciting theoretical questions range from the origins of high-temperature superconductivity to properties of topological quantum materials and beyond. While many experimental efforts aim to validate these theoretical models, condensed matter techniques have applications across quantum science, from device development and information processing to quantum simulation.

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics has its origins in spectroscopy, and has produced an extremely exciting set of tools for creating and probing many of todays most exciting quantum systems. From quantum simulation and materials science using ultracold atoms in optical lattices and photonic Landau levels on cones, to coherent x-ray science, AMO is an extremely active area at the University of Chicago.

Physical Chemistry

Physical chemistry is the study of how matter behaves across a wide range of length-scales spanning atomic and molecular dimensions and extending to macroscopic systems. It encompasses quantum phenomena at essentially all levels such as the electronic structure of matter and its interaction with optical fields, energy and charge flow, the statistical and thermodynamic behavior of complex ensembles, as well as the quantum chemical dynamics of time-evolving systems.

Quantum Information

Quantum Information Science explores how computation, along with the storage and transmission of information, change once quantum effects come into play. This includes theoretical topics including computation models and error correction, as well as experimental topics such as practical implementations of quantum computers in semiconducting, superconducting, and cold atomic systems.

Quantum Optics

Quantum Optics is a field of research that harnesses interacting photons and atoms to explore the fundamental limits of the physical world; the focus is on observing aspects of the world which are uniquely quantum mechanical, including squeezing, entanglement, and the transition from quantum-to-classical as quantum dynamics compete with dissipation.

Quantum Sensing

A quantum sensor is a device that exploits quantum correlations, such as quantum entanglement, to achieve a sensitivity or resolution that is better than can achieved using only classical systems. A quantum sensor can measure the effect of the quantum state of another system on itself. The mere act of measurement influences the quantum state and alters the probability and uncertainty associated with its state during measurement.

Nanomechanics

Nanomechanics is a branch of nanoscience studying fundamental mechanical (elastic, thermal and kinetic) properties of physical systems at the nanometer scale. Nanomechanics has emerged on the crossroads of classical mechanics, solid-state physics, statistical mechanics, materials science, and quantum chemistry.

Topological Physics

In condensed matter physics, systems such as fractional quantum Hall states, string-net condensed states, and other strongly correlated quantum liquid states, are described possess topologically ordered on a global scale as opposed to that of local symmetries.

Device Physics

The study and development of the physics of devices based on electron, spin, photonic, and phononic transport for use in detectors, information processing, and the study of fundamental properties of matter.

Our People

Yuri Alexeev

Yuri Alexeev

Principal Project Specialist

Quantum Simulation • Quantum Algorithms • Quantum Software •
Quantum Computer Simulation

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David Awschalom

David Awschalom

Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering

Condensed Matter • Physics Device Physics • Quantum Information • Quantum Optics Quantum Sensing

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Timothy Berkelbach

Timothy Berkelbach

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Physical Chemistry  

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Hannes Bernien

Hannes Bernien

Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics • Quantum Information • Quantum Optics

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Clarence Chang

Clarence Chang

Assistant Physicist, Assistant Professor (Uchicago Astronomy & Astrophysics)

Condensed Matter Physics • Quantum Information • Quantum Sensing • Device Physics

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Cheng Chin

Cheng Chin

Professor of Physics

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics • Condensed Matter Physics

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Fred Chong

Fred Chong

Seymour Goodman Professor of Computer, Architecture in the Department of Computer Science

Quantum Information

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Andrew Cleland

Andrew Cleland

John A. MacLean Sr. Professor for Molecular Engineering Innovation and Enterprise

Device Physics • Nanomechanics • Quantum Information • Quantum Optics • Quantum Sensing

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Aashish Clerk

Aashish Clerk

Professor of Molecular Engineering

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics • Condensed Matter Physics • Quantum Information • Quantum Optics

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Greg Engel

Greg Engel

Professor of Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

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Hal Finkel

Hal Finkel

Computational Scientist Lead, Compiler Technology and Programming Languages

Quantum Information • Quantum Computing

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Giulia Galli

Giulia Galli

Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering

Condensed Matter Physics • Physical Chemistry

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Stephen Gray

Stephen Gray

Senior Physicist and Group Leader

Condensed Matter Physics • Physical Chemistry • Quantum Information • Quantum Optics • Quantum Sensing

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Supratik Guha

Supratik Guha

Professor of Molecular Engineering and Director of Center for Nanomaterials at ANL

Device Physics • Quantum Sensing

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Philippe Guyot-Sionnest

Philippe Guyot-Sionnest

Professor of Chemistry and Physics

Device Physics • Physical Chemistry

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Salman Habib

Salman Habib

Senior Physicist / Computational Scientist

Quantum Information • Quantum Optics • Quantum Sensing • Nanomechanics

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F. Joseph Heremans

F. Joseph Heremans

Staff Scientist

Condensed Matter Physics • Quantum Information • Quantum Optics • Quantum Sensing • Nanomechanics

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Alexander High

Alexander High

Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering

Condensed Matter Physics • Device Physics • Quantum Optics

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Martin Holt

Martin Holt

Scientist

Quantum Information • Nanomechanics • Device Physics

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Woowon Kang

Woowon Kang

Professor of Physics

Condensed Matter Physics • Device Physics • Topological Physics

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Michael Levin

Michael Levin

Associate Professor of Physics

Condensed Matter Physics • Topological Physics

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Kathy Levin

Kathy Levin

Professor of Physics

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics • Condensed Matter Physics

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Peter Littlewood

Peter Littlewood

Professor of Physics

Condensed Matter Physics • Quantum Optics

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Daniel Lopez

Daniel Lopez

Scientist and Group Leader Nanofabrication and Devices

Quantum Optics • Quantum Sensing • Nanomechanics • Device Physics

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Xuedan Ma

Xuedan Ma

Assistant Scientist

Condensed Matter Physics • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics • Physical Chemistry • Quantum Optics • Device Physics

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Peter Maurer

Peter Maurer

Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering

Physical Chemistry • Quantum Optics • Quantum Sensing

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Matthew Otten

Matthew Otten

Maria Goeppert Mayer Fellow

Condensed Matter Physics • Quantum Information • Quantum Optics • Quantum Sensing

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Jiwoong Park

Jiwoong Park

Professor of Chemistry

Condensed Matter Physics • Device Physics • Physical Chemistry

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Shinsei Ryu

Shinsei Ryu

Professor of Physics

Condensed Matter Physics • Topological Physics

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David Schuster

David Schuster

Assistant Professor of Physics

Condensed Matter Physics • Device Physics • Quantum Information • Quantum Optics

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Erik Shirokoff

Erik Shirokoff

Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Device Physics • Quantum Sensing

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Steven Sibener

Steven Sibener

Carl William Eisendrath Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

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Jonathan Simon

Jonathan Simon

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Physics

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics • Condensed Matter Physics • Quantum Optics • Topological Physics

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Dam Son

Dam Son

University Professor of Physics

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics • Condensed Matter Physics • Topological Physics

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Rick Stevens

Rick Stevens

Associate Laboratory Director - Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences

Quantum Simulation • Quantum Algorithms • Quantum Software • Quantum Computer Simulation

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Dmitri Talapin

Dmitri Talapin

Professor of Chemistry

Device Physics • Physical Chemistry

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Valerii Vinokour

Valerii Vinokour

Argonne Distinguished Fellow

Condensed Matter Physics • Quantum Information • Quantum Sensing • Topological Physics • Device Physics

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Paul Wiegmann

Paul Wiegmann

Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor of Physics

Condensed Matter Physics • Topological Physics

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Linda Young

Linda Young

Professor of Physics

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics • Quantum Optics

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Xufeng Zhang

Xufeng Zhang

Assistant Scientist

Quantum Optics • Nanomechanics•  Topological Physics • Device Physics

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Tian Zhong

Tian Zhong

Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering

Condensed Matter Physics • Device Physics • Quantum Information • Quantum Optics

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