November 15, 2019

Will featured in MIT xPRO blog post | Cambridge, MA

Will explained the origins and effects of the term “quantum supremacy” in MIT xPRO’s professional blog, The Curve. The post is entitled, “Getting Beyond the Hype of the Google-IBM Quantum Supremacy debate,” and it discusses the Google demonstration and what it represents for quantum computing.

November 13, 2019

Will speaks at MTQS | Princeton, NJ

Will gave an invited talk at Marching Towards Quantum Supremacy, a conference held at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science. The conference provided a status update on the leading quantum technologies and cover emerging platforms that may be more resilient to errors.

November 1, 2019

Billy featured in MIT News | Cambridge, MA

MIT News profiled SuperUROP Billy Woltz in a student spotlight piece titled, “Drawn to open-ended problems.”

In the feature, Billy shares his experiences growing up in a rural town and running cross country, and how his analytical approach to life impacts his research and career.

October 31, 2019

Will speaks at BeyondC | Vienna, Austria

Will was invited to speak at the Austrian Quantum Information Conference 2019 organized by the SFB BeyondC.

The program, “Quantum Information Systems Beyond Classical Capabilities (BeyondC),” unites researchers from several Austrian universities and institutes, as well as collaborators from the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics. Focusing on photons, ions in ion traps, superconducting circuits, and theory, the conference highlighted present achievements and future perspectives for building future quantum information systems.


September 22, 2019

EQuS welcomes group mascot | Cambridge, MA

The EQuS group welcomed its newest member, a pet rock named SQUID “Dirac” Junction. With a new name plate for his desk, he’s hard to miss in the staging room!


September 16, 2019

Youngkyu’s paper published in Nature Communications | Cambridge, MA

Congratulations to grad student Youngkyu Sung and his contributing authors on the publication of their paper, “Non-Gaussian noise spectroscopy with a superconducting qubit sensor” in Nature Communications.

In this work, a collaboration between MIT EQuS, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and the Viola group at Dartmouth, the team performed the first demonstration of non-Gaussian noise spectroscopy using a superconducting qubit. The work extends noise spectroscopy to the regime of high-order polyspectra, enabling a new tool for characterizing noise in the qubit environment.

All contributing authors: Y. Sung, F. Beaudoin, L. M. Norris, F. Yan, D. K. Kim, J. Y. Qiu, U. von Lüpke, J. L. Yoder, T. P. Orlando, S. Gustavsson, L. Viola, W. D. Oliver.

This work was also featured in and MIT News.

September 6, 2019

Manning, Billy, and Erik awarded SuperUROPs | Cambridge, MA

Congratulations to undergraduate students, Manning Chuor, Vilhelm (Billy) Woltz, and Erik Porter, who were awarded SuperUROPs from EECS for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Manning is working on analytically evaluating optimal parameters for improving qubit readout.

Billy’s project involves minimizing induced noise as a by-product of processing quantum information by improving the design of his quantum processors.

Erik’s research aims to characterize chips to see how coherence times and other parameters are affected by the switch to a 3D structure.  This will involve modifying current chip designs to explore different methods of 3D integration by breaking out of the 2D plane so lattices can have more complex designs with less restrictive control line layout.

August 17, 2019

EQuS and friends celebrate Terry Orlando and his 40 years of research | Cambridge, MA

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the proposal of the superconducting persistent-current flux qubit, friends, family, and colleagues of Terry Orlando gathered in Cambridge to celebrate his long-standing research career.

Current and former collaborators spanning his 40-year research career — from the US and abroad — gathered for a surprise picnic at the MIT Sailing Pavilion. Several people who were unable to attend submitted video greetings from afar.

At the culmination of the event, Terry was presented with a bound, hardcover copy of his 40 most impactful publications during his 40-year research career.

On behalf of all of Terry’s former research collaborators, the EQuS group would like to thank Terry for all that he has done for his students, friends, and the Institute. His numerous, impactful contributions to the field have been invaluable in progressing the fields of high-Tc superconductivity, non-linear dynamics, and superconducting quantum computing.

Thank you, Terry, and we look forward to working with you for years to come!

July 9, 2019

Wayne, Greg, and Alex’s paper published in Physical Review Applied | Cambridge, MA

Wayne, Greg, and Alex’s paper, “Determining interface dielectric losses in superconducting coplanar-waveguide resonators,” was published in Physical Review Applied. Congratulations to them and their co-authors!

June 25, 2019

Ben’s paper published in IEEE IMS Proceedings | Cambridge, MA

Ben’s paper, “Microwave Packaging for Superconducting Qubits,” was published in the IEEE IMS Proceedings. Congratulations to Ben and his co-authors!

June 19, 2019

Philip’s review paper published in Applied Physics Reviews | Cambridge, MA

The review paper, “A quantum engineer’s guide to superconducting qubits,” was published this week as a Featured Article in Applied Physics Reviews as part of a special topic on quantum computing. It covers many fundamentals of design, control, and readout of superconducting qubits.

This review is a contemporary resource with an engineering bent for new and existing practitioners alike. With more than 50 pages and 400 references, it represents a substantial amount of work by Philip Krantz and his co-authors. Congratulations all!

June 3, 2019

Ben wins an award at IEEE IMS 2019 | Boston, MA

Ben Lienhard won third place at a competition held at the IEEE IMS 2019 conference in Boston from June 2-7. During IMS, there was the Three Minute Thesis (3MT)  Competition, where contestants are judged on their ability to deliver a comprehensive, three-minute presentation on an approved thesis topic. The presentation is allowed to be supported by a single static slide.

The goal of the contest is to stimulate interest in the applications of microwave technology. Ben’s presentation was on “The Mystery of Quantum Computers”. More information on the competition can be found here.


May 19-25, 2019

Will attends WACQT Scientific Advisory Board meeting | Gothenburg, Sweden

Will went to The Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology (WACQT) at Chalmers to attend a Scientific Advisory Board meeting.

May 11-18, 2019

Joel and Will celebrate at SQ20th | Tsukuba, Japan

Joel and Will went to the 20th Anniversary of Superconducting Qubits (SQ20th): Progress and Future Directions. Riken organized the symposium to celebrate the progress made with superconducting qubits over the last two decades.


April 12, 2019

Will visits IBM | Yorktown Heights, NY

Will went to IBM Yorktown Heights to talk about our work on quantum engineering with superconducting qubits.


April 9, 2019

Will speaks at MIT ILP conference | Cambridge, MA

Will gave an invited talk at the 2019 MIT Information and Communication Technologies Conference: Digital Frontiers organized by the MIT Industrial Liaison Program.

In the talk, he gave an introduction to quantum computing, highlighting the MIT Center for Quantum Engineering and its role in helping to define the quantum future.


April 2, 2019

Ami is awarded a Google PhD Fellowship | Cambridge, MA

Congratulations to third-year graduate student Ami Greene on being awarded the 2019 Google PhD Fellowship in Quantum Computing!

Effective for two years with a possibility of extending to a third year, schools could nominate only two people for each fellowship program.

March 29-31, 2019

EQuS and Blais Group attend off-site to discuss high-fidelity two-qubit gates | Lincoln, NH

Students and postdocs from the EQuS group and Alexandre Blais’ group from the University of Sherbrooke attended an off-site conference to discuss pathways to achieving 99.9% two-qubit gate fidelity.

Throughout the weekend, members of both groups gave talks, held free-form discussions, and participated in organized break-out sessions regarding high-fidelity two-qubit gates and their potential use with machine learning, quartons, microwave squeezing, and quantum simulation. Bharath Kannan gave an after-dinner talk on his latest results in waveguide QED.

March 4-8, 2019

EQuS goes to March Meeting 2019 | Boston, MA

Held in Boston this year, the EQuS group spent the week at the Boston Convention and Expo Center to attend the annual APS March Meeting.

12 EQuS members gave presentations over the course of the five-day conference. Simon and Philip also represented Labber, a software for instrument control and measurement automation.

Image captions

  1. Tim Menke, graduate student – “A many-body coupler for coherent 4-local interaction of superconducting flux qubits” (A42.11 )
  2. Bharath Kannan, graduate student – “Generating non-classical and spatially-correlated photons in a waveguide QED architecture” (B26:10)
  3. Daniel Campbell, former postdoc – “Coherent, Landau-Zener control of a superconducting composite qubit” (B42:11)
  4. Charlotte Bøttcher, graduate student – “Using magnetically-resilient circuit QED techniques to study 2D materials” (C35:4)
  5. Joel I. J. Wang, postdoc – “Quantum coherent control of graphene-based transmon qubit” (C29:10)
  6. The group enjoying dinner together with Lincoln Lab colleagues
  7. Debriefing the first two days of March Meeting and recapping interesting talks
  8. Youngkyu Sung, graduate student – “Non-Gaussian noise spectroscopy with a superconducting qubit” (L26:7)
  9. Antti Vepsäläinen, postdoc – “Superadiabatic Stimulated Raman adiabatic passage in a three-level transmon” (L29:13)
  10. Simon Gustavsson, principal research scientist, and Philip Krantz, former postdoc, marketing Labber
  11. Philip demonstrating how to use Labber
  12. Ben Lienhard, graduate student – “Simulation and analysis of packaging of superconducting qubits” (P26:2)
  13. Megan Yamoah, undergraduate student – “Microwave dielectric loss of hexagonal Boron Nitride in the low-temperature, single-photon regime” (P11:6)

*Not photographed:

  1. Niels Jakob Søe Loft, former visiting graduate student – “High-fidelity conditional two-qubit swapping gate using tunable ancillas” (L29:3)
  2. Yanjie (Jack) Qiu, graduate student – “Broadband amplification and squeezed light generation with dispersion engineered Josephson metamaterial” (V28:2)
  3. Uwe von Lüpke, former visiting graduate student – “Two-qubit spectroscopy of spatiotemporally correlated noise in superconducting qubits. Part 2: experiment” (X35:6)

February 15, 2019

RLE announces the MIT Center for Quantum Engineering | Cambridge, MA

The EQuS group is pleased to be an inaugural member of the MIT Center for Quantum Engineering (CQE), an initiative that will support and advance quantum science and engineering at the Institute. See the announcement here.

In a joint effort to lead the field forward, the CQE will facilitate the coordination of resources and expertise at the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. In addition, the CQE will support the development of new curricula in quantum engineering to help train a quantum workforce, as well as establishing a consortium to link industry partners to students and scientists.

January 19-26, 2019

Will and Joel give talks in Taiwan | Taipei and Hsinchu, Taiwan

Will and Joel spoke at National Taiwan University, National Tsing Hua University, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited. Will presented on quantum engineering and Joel presented his research on graphene qubits.


January 23, 2019

Will discusses the QC talent shortage with MIT News | Cambridge, MA

MIT News covered “The talent shortage in quantum computing” in a Q&A session with Will.

Quantum information science and technology is a rapidly growing field. In this piece, Will discusses the impending talent shortage, and the crucial role that places like MIT and MIT xPRO – MIT’s online professional development education program – will play in creating a quantum-smart workforce.

January 13-17, 2019

Will speaks at the 687 WE-Heraeus Seminar and attends OpenSuperQ kick-off meeting | Bad Honnef, Germany

Will gave an invited talk at the 687 WE-Heraeus Seminar on “Scalable Hardware Platforms for Quantum Computing. (See photos below.)

In addition, Will also attended the kick-off meeting for OpenSuperQ, the European flagship program aiming to build a 100-qubit superconducting quantum computer and user facility.

Will is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for OpenSuperQ, one of the two quantum computing efforts funded by the flagship.

January 7, 2019

EQuS members teach Intro to Quantum class | Cambridge, MA

New to quantum? This IAP, MIT will offer an “Introduction to Quantum Computing” course taught by grad student, Amir Karamlou, and UROPs, Francisca Vasconcelos and Megan Yamoah.

Within the first three weeks, the course will cover some fundamental quantum mechanics, survey quantum circuits, as well as introduce important quantum algorithms. In the fourth and final week, they will survey advanced topics, such as quantum error correction and quantum communication, as well as applications to fields ranging from machine learning to chemistry.

For more information, contact Amir Karamlou at karamlou (at)

December 31, 2018

Joel and Dani’s latest work published in Nature Nanotechnology| Cambridge, MA

Congratulations to postdocs Joel Wang and Dani Rodan (Jarillo-Herrero Group at MIT) on the publication of their paper, “Coherent control of a hybrid superconducting circuit made with graphene-based van der Waals heterostructures” in Nature Nanotechnology.

All contributing authors: J. I-J. Wang, D. Rodan-Legrain, L. Bretheau, D. L. Campbell, B. Kannan, D. Kim, M. Kjaergaard, P. Krantz, G. O. Samach, F. Yan, J. L. Yoder, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, T. P. Orlando, S. Gustavsson, P. Jarillo-Herrero, W. D. Oliver

In this work, featured in MIT News, Joel and Dani demonstrate temporal coherence and single qubit-control of a transmon qubit made with a graphene weak link.

December 16, 2018

EQuS celebrates at second annual holiday party | Cambridge, MA

Friends, families, and members of EQuS gathered to celebrate the end of the year at the annual holiday party. Dinner, dessert, and drinks were served at Flour, featuring a few special treats made by EQuS’ own.

In addition to wrapping up another year of hard work, challenges, and successes, we also recognized postdoc Daniel Campbell, as he moves onto his next chapter as a quantum scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton in January. You will be missed, Dan! Thank you for the scientific contributions, mentorship, and kindness you’ve been bringing to this group since joining in 2015.

Looking forward to another year or learning and growing in EQuS!

December 14-16, 2018

Will speaks at ISS2018 | Tsukuba, Japan

Will gave an invited talk at the International Symposium on Superconductivity (ISS2018) entitled, “Quantum Engineering of Superconducting Qubits.”

His talk featured Joel’s work on a transmon qubit with a graphene junction, which was done in collaboration with Pablo Jarillo-Herrero’s group at MIT, as well as Jack’s work on single-mode and two-mode squeezing using the Josephson traveling wave parametric amplifier, done in collaboration with Kevin O’Brien.

December 4, 2018

MIT featured in Tech Review story | Cambridge, MA

Will was interviewed by Martin Giles of the MIT Technology Review about the need for post-quantum cryptography, in connection with the release of the NASEM report on Quantum Computing: Progress and Prospects.

Read more about it here: “Quantum computers pose a security threat that we’re still totally unprepared for.”

December 3, 2018

NASEM releases the consensus study report on quantum computing | Washington, DC

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a report providing an independent assessment of the feasibility and implications of creating a functional quantum computer capable of addressing real-world problems.

Will was a member of the committee led by Mark Horowitz (Stanford University) that created the report over the course of 18 months.

The study focuses on the technical risks associated with developing a quantum computer, the implications of having one, the future of public key cryptography, and the costs and benefits from a national security perspective.

November 4, 2018

DOE BES awards sponsored research grant | Cambridge, MA

The EQuS group has been selected by The Department of Energy (DOE), Basic Energy Sciences (BES), to perform sponsored research as part of the Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science program.

The selected proposal, titled “High-Coherence Multilayer Superconducting Structures for Large-Scale Qubit Integration and Photonic Transduction,” is led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and includes co-PIs from UC Berkeley and the EQuS group at MIT.

The three-year program will focus on the development of novel materials, fabrication, and design to enable high-coherence qubits, as well as the generation and detection of non-classical light.

October 22, 2018

Will speaks at the AVS Symposium | Long Beach, CA

Will spoke about quantum engineering of superconducting qubits at the 65th International Symposium and Exhibition held by the American Vacuum Society (AVS).

The week-long symposium fosters a multidisciplinary environment within science and technology. In addition, it features papers from AVS technical divisions, research groups, and emerging technologies.

October 1-5, 2018

Tim visits and speaks at QUANTIC | Barcelona, Spain

Grad student Tim Menke visited the QUANTIC group, an exciting quantum computing joint venture of several institutes in Barcelona.

He presented his work on inverse design of superconducting circuits at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and the University of Barcelona. With Pol Forn-Díaz (see picture below), he discussed new circuits for quantum annealing. He also helped with  an experiment that is set to demonstrate the first quantum control of a superconducting qubit in the Mediterranean area.

For more information on Tim’s visit, see the blog post written by the QUANTIC about his visit.


October 4, 2018

MIT.nano is unveiled | Cambridge, MA

Will gave a keynote address on quantum computing at the MIT.nano launch. His talk was followed by a panel of industry and research leaders, including Bogdan Mihaila (NSF),  Mark Ritter (IBM), and Eric Dauler (MIT Lincoln Lab). Isaac Chuang, an MIT professor of EECS and the Senior Associate Dean of Digital Learning, moderated the panel.

MIT.nano is MIT’s new fabrication facility, and quantum information science represents one of the major thrusts at the Institute that will be enabled by these new facilities. To learn more, please visit

October 1-2, 2018

Will teaches in Okinawa | Okinawa, Japan

Will lectured at the Okinawa School in Physics 2018: Coherent Quantum Dynamics (QD2018). The week-long program was held at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.

September 24, 2018

Will speaks at EuMW | Madrid, Spain

Will gave an invited tutorial on superconducting quantum computing at European Microwave Week 2018.

During the week, Will attended the European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference, which focuses on high-frequency related topics, including materials, technology, integrated circuits, and applications.


September 4, 2018

New school year, new members | Cambridge, MA

As EQuS continues to grow, please welcome our newest batch of UROPs (Emma Batson, Manning Chuor, and Francisca Vasconcelos), grad students (Amir Karamlou and Gabriel Samach), and postdoc (Antti Vepsäläinen).

August 29, 2018

EQuS gets new offices | Cambridge, MA

After preparing all summer, the offices on the third floor are finally complete! Thank you to Sampson Wilcox and Creative Office Pavilion for organizing, designing, and facilitating the renovation of the new spaces.

July 2, 2018

Jochen joins the group | Cambridge, MA

Please give a warm welcome to Jochen Braumüller, a new postdoc in the group!

After receiving his Ph.D. from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2017 and completing a short postdoc there, he joined MIT to work on novel qubit architectures and alternative approaches to protect and encode quantum information that potentially allow for a more efficient scaling of quantum hardware.

May 25, 2018

Philip takes his next steps | Cambridge, MA

Best of luck to postdoc, Philip Krantz, as he moves onto a new role as project coordinator at the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT) at Chalmers University, beginning June 1st!

The group gathered at Meadhall a few weeks prior to enjoy a farewell dinner celebrating Philip’s three years at MIT.

It’s been a joy having him in the group twice: once as a graduate student (2013) and then again as a postdoc (2015-2018). Thank you, Philip, for your mentorship, dedication, and scientific contributions. He will surely be missed!

May 2, 2018

Fei and Dan publish a paper | Cambridge, MA

Congratulations to postdocs Fei Yan and Daniel Campbell on the publication of their paper, “Distinguishing coherent and thermal photon noise in a circuit quantum electrodynamical system” in Physical Review Letters.

All contributing authors: Fei Yan, Dan Campbell, Philip Krantz, Morten Kjaergaard, David Kim, Jonilyn L. Yoder, David Hover, Adam Sears, Andrew J. Kerman, Terry P. Orlando, Simon Gustavsson, William D. Oliver

April 13, 2018

Bharath is awarded an NDSEG Fellowship | Cambridge, MA

Congratulations to second-year graduate student Bharath Kannan on his National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship!

Effective for three years and funded by the Department of Defense, less than 2% of applicants were awarded this scholarship.

March 5-9, 2018

EQuS goes to March Meeting 2018 | Los Angeles, CA

The EQuS group traveled to Los Angeles, CA in March for the annual APS March Meeting.

Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 14 EQuS members gave presentations over the course of the five-day conference.

Image captions

  1. Fei Yan, postdoc – “Extensible high-performance two-qubit gate” (A33:11)
  2. Megan Yamoah, undergraduate student – “High-velocity saturation in graphene encapsulated by hexagonal boron nitride” (B06:3)
  3. William Oliver, principal investigator – “Progress and Challenges for Engineering Superconducting Qubits” (B05:4)
  4. Yanjie (Jack) Qiu, graduate student – “Squeezed light generation using a Josephson traveling wave parametric amplifier in non-degenerate four wave mixing” (B33:11)
  5. Daniel Campbell, postdoc – “Single-qubit probe of a 1D transmission line modified by two qubit mirrors” (E28:3)
  6. Bharath Kannan, graduate student – “Dissipation-driven entangled state preparation of two qubits coupled to a transmission line” (E28:4)
  7. Niels Jakob Loft, visiting graduate student – “A quantum transistor with superconducting qubits” (F33:6)
  8. Simon Gustavsson, principal research scientist, and Philip Krantz, postdoc, marketing Labber
  9. The group enjoying dinner together with Lincoln Lab colleagues
  10. Debriefing the first two days of March Meeting and recapping interesting talks
  11. Ami Greene, graduate student – “Qubit feedback on a five-qubit transmon device” (L39:2)
  12. Youngkyu Sung, graduate student – “Non-Gaussian noise spectroscopy with superconducting qubits. Part 2: experiment” (L39:7)
  13. Charlotte Bøttcher, graduate student – “Scalable spin-qubit device with a high impedance resonator” (S33:2)
  14. Tim Menke, graduate student – “A machine learning approach to superconducting circuit design” (S39:4)
  15. Joel Wang, postdoc – “Gate-tunable transmon qubit made with graphene/hBN heterostructures” (S33:4)
  16. Debriefs part two, over hors d’oeurves
  17. Andreas Bengtsson, visiting graduate student – “Temporal fluctuations in the coherence parameters of planar single-junction transmons” (X33:1)
  18. Uwe von Lüpke, visiting graduate student – “An argon ion beam mlling process for native AIOx layers enabling coherent superconducting contacts” (X39:6)