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IQUIST Seminar Series featuring Dr. Prineha Narang, September 6, 2022 at 11am in 190 Engineering Sciences Building

IQUIST Seminar: "Building Blocks of Scalable Quantum Information Science," presented by Prineha Narang, University of California, Los Angeles

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190 Engineering Sciences Building, 1101 W Springfield Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
Sep 6, 2022   11:00 - 11:50 am  
Prineha Narang, Howard Reiss Development Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
Hannah Stites
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IQUIST Seminar Series

Building Blocks of Scalable Quantum Information Science

Abstract: Quantum information technologies are expected to enable transformative technologies with wide-ranging global impact. Towards realizing this tremendous promise, efforts have emerged to pursue quantum architectures capable of supporting distributed quantum computing, networks and quantum sensors. Quantum architecture at scale would consist of interconnected physical systems, many operating at their individual classical or quantum limit. Such scalable quantum architecture requires modeling that accurately describes these mesoscopic hybrid phenomena. By creating predictive theoretical and computational approaches to study dynamics, decoherence and correlations in quantum matter, our work could enable such hybrid quantum technologies1,2. In this talk, I will present examples from my research group on describing, from first principles, the microscopic dynamics, decoherence and optically-excited collective phenomena in matter at finite temperature to quantitatively link predictions with 3D atomic-scale imaging, quantum spectroscopy, and macroscopic behavior. Capturing these dynamics poses unique theoretical and computational challenges. The simultaneous contribution of processes that occur on many time and length-scales have remained elusive for state-of-the-art calculations and model Hamiltonian approaches alike, necessitating the development of new methods in computational physics3–5. I will show selected examples of our approach in ab initio design of active defects in quantum materials6–8, and control of collective phenomena to link these active defects9,10. Building on this, in the second part of my seminar, I will present promising physical mechanisms and device architectures for coupling (transduction) to other qubit platforms via dipole-, phonon-, and  magnon-mediated  interactions9–12. In a molecular context, will discuss approaches to entangling molecules in the strong coupling regime. Being able to control molecules at a quantum level gives us access to degrees of freedom such as the vibrational or rotational degrees to the internal state structure. Entangling those degrees of freedom offers unique opportunities in quantum information processing, especially in the construction of quantum memories. In particular, we look at two identical molecules spatially separated by a variable distance within a photonic environment such as a high-Q optical cavity. By resonantly coupling the effective cavity mode to a specific vibrational frequency of both molecules, we theoretically investigate how strong light-matter coupling can be used to control the entanglement between vibrational quantum states of both molecules. Linking this with detection of entanglement and quantifying the entanglement with an appropriate entanglement measure, we use quantum tomographic techniques to reconstruct the density matrix of the underlying quantum state. Taking this further, I will present some of our recent work in capturing non-Markovian dynamics in open quantum systems (OQSs) built on the ensemble of Lindblad's trajectories approach 13–16. Finally, I will present ideas in directly emulating quantum systems, particularly addressing the issues of model abstraction and scalability, and connect with the various quantum algorithm efforts underway.

Short Biosketch: Dr. Prineha Narang is a Professor in Physical Sciences at UCLA holds the Howard Reiss Chair, where her group spans chemistry, physics, and engineering. Prior to moving to UCLA, she was an Assistant Professor of Computational Materials Science at Harvard University. Before starting on the Harvard faculty in 2017, Dr. Narang was an Environmental Fellow at HUCE, and worked as a research scholar in condensed matter theory in the Department of Physics at MIT. She received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech. Narang’s work has been recognized by many awards and special designations, including the 2022 Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award from the Materials Research Society, Mildred Dresselhaus Prize, Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a Max Planck Award from the Max Planck Society, and the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics all in 2021, an NSF CAREER Award in 2020, being named a Moore Inventor Fellow by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for pioneering innovations in quantum science, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a Top Innovator by MIT Tech Review (MIT TR35), and a leading young scientist by the World Economic Forum in 2018. Narang has organized several symposia and workshops relevant to the proposed work, most recently at the APS March Meeting on “Materials for Quantum Information Science”. Her continued service to the community includes chairing the Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting (2022) and the MRS-Kavli Foundation Future of Materials Workshop: Computational Materials Science (2021), as an Associate Editor at ACS Nano, organizing APS, Optica (OSA), and SPIE symposia, and a leadership role in APS’ Division of Materials Physics. 

Relevant References:

  1. Philbin, J. P. & Narang, P. Computational materials insights into solid-state multiqubit systems. PRX Quantum 2, (2021).
  2. Awschalom, D. et al. Development of Quantum Interconnects (QuICs) for Next-Generation Information Technologies. PRX Quantum 2, 017002 (2021).
  3. Rivera, N., Flick, J. & Narang, P. Variational Theory of Nonrelativistic Quantum Electrodynamics. Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 193603 (2019).
  4. Flick, J., Rivera, N. & Narang, P. Strong light-matter coupling in quantum chemistry and quantum photonics. Nanophotonics 7, 1479–1501 (2018).
  5. Flick, J. & Narang, P. Cavity-Correlated Electron-Nuclear Dynamics from First Principles. Physical Review Letters vol. 121 (2018).
  6. Narang, P., Ciccarino, C. J., Flick, J. & Englund, D. Quantum Materials with Atomic Precision: Artificial Atoms in Solids: Ab Initio Design, Control, and Integration of Single Photon Emitters in Artificial Quantum Materials. Adv. Funct. Mater. 29, 1904557 (2019).
  7. Hayee, F. et al. Revealing multiple classes of stable quantum emitters in hexagonal boron nitride with correlated optical and electron microscopy. Nat. Mater. 19, 534–539 (2020).
  8. Ciccarino, C. J. et al. Strong spin–orbit quenching via the product Jahn–Teller effect in neutral group IV qubits in diamond. npj Quantum Materials 5, 75 (2020).
  9. Neuman, T., Wang, D. S. & Narang, P. Nanomagnonic Cavities for Strong Spin-Magnon Coupling and Magnon-Mediated Spin-Spin Interactions. Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 247702 (2020).
  10. Wang, D. S., Neuman, T. & Narang, P. Dipole-coupled emitters as deterministic entangled photon-pair sources. Phys. Rev. Research 2, 043328 (2020).
  11. Neuman, T. et al. A phononic interface between a superconducting quantum processor and quantum networked spin memories. npj Quantum Information 7, 1–8 (2021).
  12. Neuman, T., Trusheim, M. & Narang, P. Selective acoustic control of photon-mediated qubit-qubit interactions. Phys. Rev. A 101, 052342 (2020).
  13. Head-Marsden, K., Krastanov, S., Mazziotti, D. A. & Narang, P. Capturing non-Markovian dynamics on near-term quantum computers. Phys. Rev. Research 3, (2021).
  14. Krastanov, S. et al. Unboxing Quantum Black Box Models: Learning Non-Markovian Dynamics. arXiv [quant-ph] (2020).
  15. Schlimgen, A. W., Head-Marsden, K., Sager, L. M., Narang, P. & Mazziotti, D. A. Quantum Simulation of Open Quantum Systems Using a Unitary Decomposition of Operators. Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 270503 (2021).
  16. Hu, Z., Head-Marsden, K., Mazziotti, D. A., Narang, P. & Kais, S. A general quantum algorithm for open quantum dynamics demonstrated with the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex. Quantum 6, 726 (2022).


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