Postdoc, Northwestern University; Physics Focus Area Team Member; Devices Focus Area Team Member, SQMS
Areas of Expertise: AMO Physics
Thrust: Technology, Science
Zilin Chen earned his Ph.D. at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His Ph.D. work includes electron decoherence experiments and corresponding simulation and data analysis. He is currently a postdoc in Kovachy group in the CFP under the Department of Physics at Northwestern University. As a member of SQMS, he is researching new synergies between superconducting quantum computing and quantum sensing based on atom interferometry. Working with the SQMS quantum optimal control team, he is contributing to an effort to adapt quantum optimal control algorithms originally developed in the context of superconducting quantum computers so that these methods can enhance the sensitivities of atom interferometers. In turn, these studies will inform the optimization protocols SQMS implements for superconducting quantum computing. The degree of improvement provided by quantum optimal control depends on the specific optimization protocol employed. Zilin’s team will compare the results from a commercial platform to those from custom optimization packages being developed by SQMS researchers, providing critical benchmarking data and identifying features from each platform to synthesize into an ideal quantum optimal control platform for SQMS.