Group Members

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Hartmut Häffner

Office Location: 301H, Old LeConte
Office Phone: (510) 664-4299
Lab Phone: (510) 664-4296

I like to experiment with the quantum information stored in trapped ions. I lead now a group sharing the same passion. In my previous life, I measured how strong electric fields change the magnetic moment of the electron, studied quantum chaos, ran quantum gates, characterized entangled states, and teleported quantum information over 10 micrometers. Notable current achievements of my group are ultra low-noise ion traps and a Michelson-Morley test for electrons. When not behind a keyboard, I love being outside such as on playgrounds with my daughters or on the water windsurfing.

Sara Wexler

Administrative Assistant

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Neha Yadav


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Sara Mouradian


After working with solid state systems during my PhD I am excited to work with trapped ions. Regardless of implementation, I am interested in building and using large coherent quantum systems for computation, communication, and sensing. Outside the lab I am usually climbing, cooking, or eating.

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Alberto Alonso


After working on antimatter spectroscopy with positronium atoms during my PhD, I am now interested in learning more about the extreme fidelity and control that can be attained with ion traps by manipulating single ions at a time, as well as the implications for fundamental physics and technological applications. I also enjoy playing boardgames, hiking, and videogames when I'm not in the lab.

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Sumanta Khan


After working with quantum optics experiments using vapor cells during my PhD, I am really excited to work on quantum information processing experiments using trapped ions. I am working on simulating a quantum system with trapped ions. Outside of the lab, I like roaming around the bay area, travelling, cooking, listening to music and watching TV series.

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Joseph Broz

Grad Student

My interests lie in exploring the nontrivial and often nonintuitive dynamics that can arise in modestly sized but very precisely controlled and manipulated atomic systems. Currently I am working on an emulation of non-classical energy transfer in a spin chain coupled to a mesoscopic bosonic bath, which is difficult or impossible to numerically calculate. Outside of the lab I enjoy long walks in the hills with my 10 year old German shepherd, Lia.

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Da An (Chi Chi)

Grad Student

I'm a graduate student, excited to learn about the theory and techniques of ion trapping, along with its applications to quantum information. Outside of the lab, I enjoy playing card/board games and eating.

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Neil Glikin

Grad Student

I love being able to see the effects of quantum mechanics on a tabletop, as well as just learning and discovering how the universe works. I enjoy exploring the bay area, video games, and making lists.

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Nicole Greene

Grad Student

Having previously worked on the local Lorentz invariance experiment, I now spend my time designing an apparatus that will soon shuttle and entangle large chains of ions. Outside the lab I enjoy exploring San Francisco, watching films, and skiing.

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Ryan Shaffer

Grad Student

I spent several years programming classical computers before coming to Berkeley to study quantum computers. I'm most interested in the intersection of computer science with quantum information, and how to realize this in physical systems. I also enjoy some human things, like playing basketball, cooking, and traveling.

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Qian Yu

Grad Student

I'm interested in the physical realization of quantum computation and techniques of ion trapping, and I like to explore the quantum dynamics of strongly interacting systems including coherent evolution and decoherence. Outside the lab I like traveling, reading, cooking and playing board games.

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Shuqi Xu

Grad Student

My research interests lie in tackling challenges towards scalable trapped ion quantum computers, as well as the emergent physics revealed in such quantum system. When not in the lab, I enjoy traveling, playing video games, watching and playing soccer.

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Ben Saarel

Grad Student

Current Visitors

Current Undergraduates

Group Alumni

Wei-Ting Chen  
Eli Megidish Physicist at Atom Computing
Clemens Matthiesen Senior Scientist at Oxford Ionics
Maya Berlin-Udi Process Engineer at DiCon Fiberoptics
Crystal Noel Assistant Professor of Physics, Duke University
Erik Urban Electrical Engineer at Exponent
Alex Chuang NSF Fellow, PhD Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Boerge Hemmerling Assistant Professor of Physics, UC Riverside
Soenke Moeller Senior Research Engineer at Cutera
Dylan Gorman Physicist at Honeywell Quantum Solutions
Philipp Schindler Staff Scientist at Innsbruck University, Austria
Nikos Daniilidis Data Scientist at Credit Karma
Anthony Ransford Physicist at Honeywell Quantum Solutions, was PhD Student at UC Los Angeles
Michael Ramm Data Science Manager at Netflix
Thaned (Hong) Pruttivarasin Lecturer at Mahidol University, Thailand

Ishan Talukdar Brian Timar Thilo van Hoevel Ahmed Adelrahman  
Omid Khosravani Sankara Narayanan Josselin Bernardoff Christian Zimmer  
Ryan Blais Ross Hutson Charles Paul    
Mark Kokish Sebastian Gerber Greg Bolloten Daniel Tatum Ian Hayes
Calvin Lau Axel Kreuter Oliver Neitzke Boyan Tabakov Sam Fendell
Kelsey Johnsen Nathan Poon Jiachen Yang Isabela Le Bras Todd Karin
Andy Li Cheong Yiu Chris Overstreet Gebhard Littich Sean Arifin David Gee
Christopher Reilly Alex Georges Jessica Yu Andre He Thomas Lloyd
Zhao Zhang Nadav Drechsler Lara Ostertag Samuel Cui Tim Guo
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