David I. Schuster

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics, James Franck Institute, and the College

David I. Schuster is researching hybrid approaches to quantum information processing. Currently most research focuses on building a large-scale system from a single type of element. It has recently become possible to realize small quantum mechanical systems using elements as varied as atoms, spins, photons, and superconducting circuits, to name a few. However, much like a modern classical computer employs many physical processes, transistors for processing, spins for memory, and light for communication, it is likely that a quantum computer will be a similar hybrid of quantum elements. Schuster focuses on trying to connect these different quantum systems using superconducting circuits as a “quantum bus” to interface the different elements.

He has coauthored numerous publications, including “Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics: Coherent Coupling of a Single Photon to a Cooper Pair Box,” “Proposal for Manipulating and Detecting Spin and Orbital States of Trapped Electrons on Helium Using Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics,” “High-Cooperativity Coupling of Electron-Spin Ensembles to Superconducting Cavities,” and “Resolving Photon Number States in a Superconducting Circuit.”

He was the recipient of the McMillan Award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, Yale Quantum Information and Mesoscopic Physics Fellowship, and Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Dissertation Award.

Schuster earned a PhD in physics from Yale University in 2007 and an ScB degree in mathematics-physics from Brown University in 2001.

Schuster joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.

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