Professor Michael Biercuk

Director, Quantum Control Laboratory
Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems

Telephone +61 2 9036 5301

Website The Quantum Control Laboratory
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Biographical details

Prof. Michael J. Biercuk is a quantum physicist, innovator, and Director of the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney. His group is working to develop a new generation of advanced technologies powered by the strangest phenomena in quantum physics – Quantum Tech.

As an expert in quantum physics and quantum technology Michael is also the founder and CEO of Q-CTRL, a quantum technology company. Q-CTRL is supported entirely by venture capital and operates from the campus of the University of Sydney.

Michael was educated in the United States, earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Harvard University.He held a research fellowship in the Ion Storage Group at NIST Boulder under the supervision of 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics Dr. David Wineland, and has served as a consultant to US Defence Agency DARPA, helping to steer government venture investments in advanced technology.

As an academic Michael is a regular contributor to both the technical literature and the popular press, driving public debate on issues pertaining to innovation, technology policy, and the role of science in society. He has spoken at TEDxSydney and appeared on ABC's Q&A, along with presenting numerous keynote addresses to major business and public sector audiences.

Research interests

The world on the atomic scale is very different from the world around us. The simple principles that govern the behaviour of our classical world – principles elucidated by the likes of Newton and Maxwell – break down and give way to a new set of rules provided by quantum mechanics. To date, quantum mechanics represents our most accurate and widely applicable scientific theory, providing deep insight into the fundamental nature of light and matter.

Quantum mechanics has captured our imagination more than any other physical theory because of the intrinsic strangeness of many of its principles – particles as waves, light as particles, hidden correlations between systems separated by huge distances. These phenomena, however, are not manifested in our daily existence and have largely been inaccessible due to the barrier between the classical and quantum worlds.

A new discipline – Quantum Science – is opening a door between our world and that of the quantum, allowing classical systems access to the most exotic quantum mechanical phenomena. The past two decades have seen an explosion in the number of systems that have been able to provide access to the quantum realm: from superconducting circuits and semiconductor nanostructures, to trapped atoms and single-photon optics.

Quantum coherent devices are real and accessible to scientists today. But building quantum technologies – exploiting the strangest quantum effects – will take a new kind of effort. It will require systems engineering in the quantum regime.

The Quantum Control Laboratory combines theory and experiment to tackle the most challenging problems in the field of quantum physics, and to usher in a new revolution in quantum-enabled technology. The lab provides access to one of he leading quantum technologies worldwide – trapped atomic ions. Using a combination of custom ultra-high-vacuum systems, precision stabilized lasers, high-stability radiofrequency oscillators, and flexible microwave control systems, this laboratory allows detailed measurements of the control, evolution, and interactions of quantum systems.

Current projects

QUANTUM CONTROL AND QUANTUM FIRMWARE: Control theory is a universal enabling discipline within the engineering community. We are seeking to bring insights from control theory to the quantum domain, allowing us to efficiently exploit quantum coherent systems. Our aim is to produce a flexible quantum control toolkit that is adaptable to any future quantum technology, but with specific emphasis on quantum computing. Specific projects relate to dynamical error suppression and the development of filter transfer functions for arbitrary quantum control.

QUANTUM SIMULATION:The simulation of interacting many-body systems is a promising near-term application of quantum information systems. Through experiments using linear Paul traps and ion arrays in Penning traps we are seeking to engineer designer Hamiltonians for studies of problems including quantum magnetism. Our research marries with questions of quantum control theory quantum information theory, as we seek to develop techniques allowing a user to execute a “program” on constrained simulator hardware.

QUANTUM METROLOGY: We are seeking to develop new sensing and metrology techniques leveraging trapped atomic ions as model quantum coherent systems. Our owrk includes the development of ion-based force and field detectors as well as applications of quantum control techniques to the development of precision frequency standards.

Awards and honours

Selected Honours
  • TEDxSydney Speaker (2016)
  • Australian Museum Eureka Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher (Winner, 2015)
  • Prime Minister's Malcolm McIntosh Prize (Shortlist, 2015)
  • Australian Innovation Challenge (Finalist, 2014)
  • Australian Innovation Challenge (Finalist, 2013)
  • Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney's 100 Most Influential People (2012)
  • Research selected #8 "World-changing" experiment by BBC Focus (2012)
  • Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science (Finalist, 2012)
  • NMI Prize for Excellence in Measurement Science (Winner, 2011)
  • Australian Innovation Challenge (Finalist, 2011)
  • Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key Honour Societies

In the media

Smart Company

A century-defining technology: What is quantum computing...

30 January 2018

ComputerWorld

Quantum start-up Q-Ctrl “unmixing the soup” of qubit decoherence

3 November 2017

Australian Financial Review

CSIRO’s Main Sequence Ventures backs Q-Ctrl, a quantum computing firmware start-up

2 November 2017

Sydney Morning Herald

Peter Dutton signals room to move on work visas for universities
21 April 2017

Australian Financial Review

Malcolm Turnbull’s 457 visa crackdown a disaster for universities
20 April 2017

The Economist

Technology Quarterly: Here, There and Everywhere

March 2017

The Christian Science Monitor

Machines learn to find patterns in quantum chaos

January 17, 2017

Motherboard

Researchers accurately predicted the future of a quantum system

January 15, 2017

COSMOS

Quantum oracle: AI predicts and fixes qubit failure

16 January 2017

The Australian

Sydney University’s Quantum Leap into the Supercomputing’s Future

16 January 2017

Sydney Morning Herald

How Quantum Physics Research can help us see the future

16 January 2017

Australian Financial Review

Has innovation hit peak hype?”

3 June 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

US intelligence awards multimillion dollar grant to Sydney University quantum science lab

3 May 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Quantum computing leaps: Sydney University and UNSW as the best of frenemies

23 April 2016

The Daily Telegraph

World Leading Institute for Nanoscience

21 April 2016

SBS

Scientists will now be able to work in the most advanced nanoscience facility in the southern hemisphere

20 April 2016

New Scientist

Sydney’s nanoscience lab has floating floors and Faraday cages

18 April 2016

The Sydney Morning Herald

Federal budget: Scientists push for more research funding.

15 April 2016

The Mark Bouris Show

Podcast Ep. 44

Youtube

13 April 2016

The Guardian

Politicisation of NBN a tragedy that has held back innovation, ABC’s Q&A told.”

29 March 2016

Q&A

Innovation (Download)

28 March 2016

The Australian

Big plans loom for uni’s nano hub

23 March 2016

The Australian

On the cusp of the nano revolution

23 March 2016

Seven News

Science fiction comes true in Sydney

9 March 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

“Sydney University to Open Nanoscience Hub for the Quantum Technologies of the Future”

9 March 2016 (Front cover, print edition)

Qantas

“Tech Talk in The Sky Takes Off”

18 Feb 2016

Mashable

The first TEDx talk was held on a plane, but you weren’t invited”

17 Feb 2016

The Australian

Qantas flies our top thinkers on tech route

17 Feb 2016

The Herald Sun

Qantas hosts world’s first tech talk in the sky on its direct Sydney to San Francisco route.

17 Feb 2016

ABC News

Eureka prize honours quantum computing pioneers in their quest for “super computers”

27 Aug 2015

The Australian

Eureka moment for quantum computing

27 Aug 2015

The Conversation

Pioneers of quantum computing are among the 2015 Eureka Prize Winners

27 Aug 2015

ABC News

University of Sydney Launch STRIVE program to help returned soldiers find work, transition into civilian life

21 May 2015

Sydney Morning Herald

Quantum physicist Michael Biercuk and Sydney University set up free course for ex-servicemen and women

6 May, 2015

The Australian

Quantum leap to help build safer and brighter lifestyles

November 1, 2014

ABC Science [commentary]

New accuracy record set for quantum computing

October 14, 2014

Sydney Alumni Magazine

Donors fast track quantum leaps

July, 2014

The University of Sydney, Inspired Campaign

Generous gift supports the promise of quantum computing

11 July, 2014

The New York Times, Bits Blog

A quantum computing problem solved

19 June, 2013

Forbes

Quantum data storage breakthrough brings quantum computing one step closer

19 June, 2013

Wired

Research gives new permanence to quantum memory

19 June, 2013

ABC News

Quantum memory gets a reality check

20 June, 2013

Sydney Morning Herald, the(sydney)magazine

Sydney’s Top 100

30 Nov, 2012

Lateline, ABC Television (Commentary)

Laws will stifle research claim scientists

31 Oct, 2012

The Australian (Commentary)

Defence Bill a research risk: academics.”

16 Oct, 2012

Sydney Alumni Magazine

Tiny particles: quantum leaps

10 Oct, 2012

ABC Science

Quantum Evolution

20 Sept, 2012

BBC FOCUS

The 10 world-changing experiments that will shape the future

July 2012

New Scientist (Commentary)

Teleportation record heralds global quantum network

15 May, 2012

The Guardian, UK

Quantum computers are leaping ahead.”

6 May, 2012

The Australian

Link to ‘world’s most advanced computer’.”

The Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Scientist helps design tiny supercomputer.”

The Canberra Times

“Device just one atom thick a quantum leap for technology.”

Sky News

“Tiny crystal ‘revolutionises’ computing”

Herald Sun

“Scientists develop ‘most powerful’ quantum simulator”

Fox News

“Tiny crystal may hold key to future of computers”

Popular Science

NIST’s quantum simulator mimics hundreds of qubits interacting

The Huffington Post

“Quantum Computer Breakthrough?”

Video:

ABC News Breakfast

SBS World News

Lateline, ABC

Radio:

ABC Radio,

SBS Radio,

6PR, 4BC...

April 26-30, 2012

Australian Parliament

Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade

Testimony on behalf of Universities Australia and the University of Sydney

Defence Trade Controls Bill, 2011

Sydney Morning Herald

Defence red tape to hit research, uni heads say

The Conversation

Bill to stop misuse of dangerous technology could hit uni researchers

21 March, 2012

COSMOS

Sweating the (very) small stuff.

January 12, 2012

The Australian

Tuning into the secret of mining’s holy grail.”

November 12-13, 2011

The Australian

Science gets the measure of all that’s tiny.”

September 5, 2011

- and -

Getting the measure of awards.”

September 6, 2011

M.J. Biercuk, Recipient of the 2011 NMI Prize.

Minister Carr’s media release,Times Higher Educationwriteup

May, 2011

Physics,“Unexpected Error.”
November 13, 2010

The Economist, “The force is weak with this one.”

April 24-30, 2010

Physics Today,News Pick, “Scientists measure atomic nudge

April 19, 2010

Nature News (&Scientific American), “Scientists measure atomic nudge

April 19, 2010

ABC Science News(Australia), “Scientists record world’s tiniest nudge.”

April 12, 2010

Slashdot, “YoctoNewton detector smashes force sensing record.”

April 09, 2010

MIT Technology Review, arXiv blog, “YoctoNewton detector smashes force measurement record

April 08, 2010

MIT Technology Review, “Extending the life of quantum bits.”

Syndicated,New York TimesNews Feed

April 2009

Physics Today,Search & Discovery, “Carefully timed radio pulses sustain quantum phase.”

June 2009

EE Times, “NIST nudges quantum computers toward commercial viability

April 2009

The New York Times, “Replacing wire with laser, Sun tries to speed up data.”

March 2008

Science,Science’s Compass, “Carbon nanotubes - the route toward applications.”

August 2002

Physics Today,Physics Update, “Nanotubes boost epoxy properties.”

June 2002

International links

China

(Tsinghua University) Experimental Ion Trapping

South Africa

(CSIR) Quantum Control Theory and Ion Trapping

United States

(Dartmouth College) Quantum Control and Quantum Firmware

United States

(Duke University) Experimental Ion Trapping

United States

(Harvard University) Quantum Control

United States

(MIT) William D. Oliver

United States

(NIST Boulder) Experimental Quantum Simulation in Penning Ion Traps

United States

(Univ. of Maryland, JQI) Experimental Yb+ Ion Trapping

Selected grants

2018

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems; Biercuk M, Doherty A, Bartlett S, Flammia S, Reilly D; NSW Department of Industry/Research Attraction and Acceleration Program.
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems - EQUS; White A, Bartlett S, Doherty A, Biercuk M, Bowen W, Brennen G, Davis M, Fedorov A, Flammia S, McFerran J, Milburn G, Reilly D, Rubinsztein-Dunlop H, Stace T, Shaddock D, Tobar M, Twamley J, Volz T, Starr R, Viola L, Aspelmeyer M, Zoller P, Auffeves A, Fedrizzi A, Jelezko F, Mueller H, Pernice W, Romero-Isart O, Schmiedmayer J, Senellart P, Wallraff A, Wolf P, Wouters M, Walmsley I; Australian Research Council (ARC)/ARC Centres of Excellence.

2016

  • Establishing a world-class timebase for nanoscience; Biercuk M, Reilly D, Doherty A; DVC Research/Equipment Grant.
  • Encoded Qubit Alive (eQual); Monz T, Biercuk M; Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)/Research Support.
  • Optical technology for quantum science; Scholten R, Starr R, Robins N, Biercuk M, Huntington E, Sparkes B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
  • Encoded Qubit Alive (eQual) with Trapped Ions; Biercuk M; Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)/Research Grant.

2015

  • Principles and Applications of Control in Quantum Systems (PRACQSYS 2015) - Conference; Biercuk M; NSW Trade and Investment/NSW Research Attraction and Acceleration Program Conference Sponsorship Program.
  • New techniques in quantum simulation; Sewell R, Biercuk M; DVC Research/International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA).
  • International Collaboration in Quantum Control; Biercuk M, Viola L, Gustavsson S, Oliver W, Orlando T; Office of Global Engagement/IPDF Grant.

2014

  • Quantum Control Engineering; Biercuk M, Viola L; US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command/Research Support.
  • DVCR Research Support; Biercuk M; University of Sydney/DVCR Funding.

2013

  • Foundation technology for quantum measurement, sensing and computing; Scholten R, Biercuk M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
  • Frequency standards with breakthrough performance: Engineering immunity to LO instabilities using dynamical error suppression; Biercuk M, Ivanov E; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2012

  • Australia-China Group Mission in the Control of Quantum Systems; Biercuk M, McCamey D, Bartlett S, Reilly D, Doherty A; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science/Australia China Science and Research Fund - Group Missions.

2011

  • Modular Universal Scalable Ion-trap Quantum Computer (MUSIQC); Kim J, Biercuk M, Flammia S; Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)/Research Support.
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS); Milburn G, White A, Doherty A, Tobar M, Twamley J, Bartlett S, Biercuk M, Bowen W, Brennen G, Duty T, Gilchrist A, Molina-Terriza G, Rabeau J, Reilly D, Rubinsztein-Dunlop H, Stace T, Vidal G, Flammia S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/ARC Centres of Excellence.
  • Precision Quantum Control and Error-Suppressing Quantum Firmware for Robust Quantum Computing; Biercuk M, Viola L, Yacoby A; US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command/Research Support.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Biercuk, M. (2013). Nanotechnology and You. In Andrew Jaspan (Eds.), The Explainer: From Deja Vu to Why the Sky is Blue, and Other Conundrums, (pp. 255-258). Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing.
  • Biercuk, M., Ilani, S., Marcus, C., McEuen, P. (2008). Electrical Transport in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. In Ado Jorio, Gene Dresselhaus, Mildred S. Dresselhaus (Eds.), Carbon Nanotubes: Advanced Topics in the Synthesis, Structure, Properties and Applications - Topics in Applied Physics Volume 111, (pp. 455-493). Germany: Springer. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Zolper, J. (2008). Electronics for Defense Applications. In Mike Golio, Janet Golio (Eds.), RF and Microwave Applications and Systems: RF and Microwave Handbook, Second Edition, Volume 1, (pp. 1-18). United States: CRC Press. [More Information]

Journals

  • Frey, V., Mavadia, S., Norris, L., de Ferranti, W., Lucarelli, D., Viola, L., Biercuk, M. (2017). Application of optimal band-limited control protocols to quantum noise sensing. Nature Communications, 8(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Bermudez, A., Xu, X., Nigmatullin, R., O'Gorman, J., Negnevitsky, V., Schindler, P., Monz, T., Poschinger, U., Hempel, C., Home, J., Biercuk, M., et al (2017). Assessing the progress of trapped-ion processors towards fault-tolerant quantum computation. Physical Review X, 7(4), 041061-1-041061-41. [More Information]
  • Mavadia, S., Frey, V., Sastrawan, J., Dona, S., Biercuk, M. (2017). Prediction and real-time compensation of qubit decoherence via machine learning. Nature Communications, 8, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Marciniak, C., Ball, H., Hung, A., Biercuk, M. (2017). Towards fully commercial, UV-compatible fiber patch cords. Optics Express, 25(14), 15643-15661. [More Information]
  • Ball, H., Nguyen, T., Leong, P., Biercuk, M. (2016). A functional basis for efficient physical-layer classical control in quantum processors. Physical Review Applied, 6(6), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Sastrawan, J., Jones, C., Akhalwaya, I., Uys, H., Biercuk, M. (2016). Analytically exploiting noise correlations inside the feedback loop to improve locked-oscillator performance. Physical Review E, 94(2), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Ball, H., Stace, T., Flammia, S., Biercuk, M. (2016). Effect of noise correlations on randomized benchmarking. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 93(2), 1-23. [More Information]
  • Ball, H., Oliver, W., Biercuk, M. (2016). The role of master clock stability in quantum information processing. npj Quantum Information, 2, 1-8. [More Information]
  • Britton, J., Bohnet, J., Sawyer, B., Uys, H., Biercuk, M., Bollinger, J. (2016). Vibration-induced field fluctuations in a superconducting magnet. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 93(6), 062511-1-062511-7. [More Information]
  • Green, T., Biercuk, M. (2015). Phase-Modulated Decoupling and Error Suppression in Qubit-Oscillator Systems. Physical Review Letters, 114(12), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Ball, H., Biercuk, M. (2015). Walsh-synthesized noise-filtering quantum logic. EPJ Quantum Technology, 2(11), 1-45. [More Information]
  • Soare, A., Ball, H., Hayes, D., Zhen, X., Jarratt, M., Sastrawan, J., Uys, H., Biercuk, M. (2014). Experimental bath engineering for quantitative studies of quantum control. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 89(4), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Soare, A., Ball, H., Hayes, D., Sastrawan, J., Jarratt, M., McLoughlin, J., Zhen, X., Green, T., Biercuk, M. (2014). Experimental noise filtering by quantum control. Nature Physics, 10(11), 825-829. [More Information]
  • Lee, M., Jarratt, M., Marciniak, C., Biercuk, M. (2014). Frequency stabilization of a 369 nm diode laser by nonlinear spectroscopy of Ytterbium ions in a discharge. Optics Express, 22(6), 7210-7221. [More Information]
  • Hayes, D., Flammia, S., Biercuk, M. (2014). Programmable quantum simulation by dynamic Hamiltonian engineering. New Journal of Physics, 16, 1-22. [More Information]
  • Kabytayev, C., Green, T., Khodjasteh, K., Biercuk, M., Viola, L., Brown, K. (2014). Robustness of composite pulses to time-dependent control noise. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 90(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Ball, H., Lee, M., Gensemer, S., Biercuk, M. (2013). A high-power 626 nm diode laser system for Beryllium ion trapping. Review of Scientific Instruments, 84(6), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Green, T., Sastrawan, J., Uys, H., Biercuk, M. (2013). Arbitrary quantum control of qubits in the presence of universal noise. New Journal of Physics, 15, 1-29. [More Information]
  • Khodjasteh, K., Sastrawan, J., Hayes, D., Green, T., Biercuk, M., Viola, L. (2013). Designing a practical high-fidelity long-time quantum memory. Nature Communications, 4, 1-8. [More Information]
  • Britton, J., Sawyer, B., Keith, A., Wang, J., Freericks, J., Uys, H., Biercuk, M., Bollinger, J. (2012). Engineered two-dimensional Ising interactions in a trapped-ion quantum simulator with hundreds of spins. Nature, 484(7395), 489-492. [More Information]
  • Green, T., Uys, H., Biercuk, M. (2012). High-Order Noise Filtering in Nontrivial Quantum Logic Gates. Physical Review Letters, 109(2), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M. (2012). Precision sensing: A new role for trapped ions. Australian Physics, 49(2), 53-58.
  • Sawyer, B., Britton, J., Keith, A., Wang, J., Freericks, J., Uys, H., Biercuk, M., Bollinger, J. (2012). Spectroscopy and Thermometry of Drumhead Modes in a Mesoscopic Trapped-Ion Crystal Using Entanglement. Physical Review Letters, 108(21), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Doherty, A., Uys, H. (2011). Dynamical decoupling sequence construction as a filter-design problem. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 44(15), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Blakestad, R., Ospelkaus, C., VanDevender, A., Wesenberg, J., Biercuk, M., Leibfried, D., Wineland, D. (2011). Near-ground-state transport of trapped-ion qubits through a multidimensional array. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 84(3), 032314-1-032314-14. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Uys, H., Britton, J., VanDevender, A., Bollinger, J. (2011). Phase-coherent detection of an optical dipole force by Doppler velocimetry. Optics Express, 19(11), 10304-10316. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Bluhm, H. (2011). Phenomenological study of decoherence in solid-state spin qubits due to nuclear spin diffusion. Physical Review B, 83(23), 235316-1-235316-10. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Reilly, D. (2011). Quantum computing: Solid-state spins survive. Nature Nanotechnology, 6(1), 9-11. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M. (2011). Quantum measurement: A quantum spectrum analyser. Nature Physics, 7(7), 525-526. [More Information]
  • Hayes, D., Khodjasteh, K., Viola, L., Biercuk, M. (2011). Reducing sequencing complexity in dynamical quantum error suppression by Walsh modulation. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 84(6), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Reilly, D. (2011). Solid-state spins survive: Quantum-control pulse sequences can suppress errors and significantly extend the lifetimes of spin-based quantum bits in solid-state devices. Nature Nanotechnology, 6(1), 9-11. [More Information]
  • Uys, H., Biercuk, M., VanDevender, A., Ospelkaus, C., Meiser, D., Ozeri, R., Bollinger, J. (2010). Decoherence due to Elastic Rayleigh Scattering. Physical Review Letters, 105(20), 200401-1-200401-4. [More Information]
  • Bartlett, S., Biercuk, M., Doherty, A., Reilly, D. (2010). The Revolution is coming. Australian Physics, 47(3), 86-88.
  • Biercuk, M., Uys, H., Britton, J., VanDevender, A., Bollinger, J. (2010). Ultrasensitive detection of force and displacement using trapped ions. Nature Nanotechnology, 5(9), 646-650. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Uys, H., VanDevender, A., Shiga, N., Itano, W., Bollinger, J. (2009). Experimental Uhrig dynamical decoupling using trapped ions. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 79(6), 062324-1-062324-12. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Uys, H., VanDevender, A., Shiga, N., Itano, W., Bollinger, J. (2009). High-fidelity quantum control using ion crystals in a Penning trap. Quantum Information and Computation, 9(11-12), 920-949.
  • Biercuk, M., Uys, H., VanDevender, A., Shiga, N., Itano, W., Bollinger, J. (2009). Optimized dynamical decoupling in a model quantum memory. Nature, 458(7241), 996-1000. [More Information]
  • Uys, H., Biercuk, M., Bollinger, J. (2009). Optimized Noise Filtration through Dynamical Decoupling. Physical Review Letters, 103(4), 040501-1-040501-4. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Reilly, D., Buehler, T., Chan, V., Chow, J., Clark, R., Marcus, C. (2006). Charge sensing in carbon-nanotube quantum dots on microsecond timescales. Physical Review B, 73(20), 201402-1-201402-4. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Mason, N., Martin, J., Yacoby, A., Marcus, C. (2005). Anomalous Conductance Quantization in Carbon Nanotubes. Physical Review Letters, 94(2), 026801-1-026801-4. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Mason, N., Martin, J., Yacoby, A., Marcus, C. (2005). Erratum: Anomalous Conductance Quantization in Carbon Nanotubes [Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 026801 (2005)]. Physical Review Letters, 95(6), 069902-1. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Garaj, S., Mason, N., Chow, J., Marcus, C. (2005). Gate-Defined Quantum Dots on Carbon Nanotubes. Nano Letters, 5(7), 1267-1271. [More Information]
  • Mason, N., Biercuk, M., Marcus, C. (2004). Local Gate Control of a Carbon Nanotube Double Quantum Dot. Science, 303(5658), 655-658. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Mason, N., Marcus, C. (2004). Local Gating of Carbon Nanotubes. Nano Letters, 4(1), 1-4. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Mason, N., Chow, J., Marcus, C. (2004). Locally Addressable Tunnel Barriers within a Carbon Nanotube. Nano Letters, 4(12), 2499-2502. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Monsma, D., Marcus, C., Becker, J., Gordon, R. (2003). Low-temperature atomic-layer-deposition lift-off method for microelectronic and nanoelectronic applications. Applied Physics Letters, 83(12), 2405-2407. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Blakestad, R., Ospelkaus, C., VanDevender, A., Wesenberg, J., Biercuk, M., Leibfried, D., Wineland, D. (2012). Transport of Trapped-ion Qubits in a Scalable Architecture. 2012 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Piscataway: Optical Society of America.
  • Bollinger, J., Biercuk, M., Uys, H., Britton, J., Itano, W., Shiga, N. (2011). Dynamical Decoupling Experiments with Ion Crystals in Penning Traps. 41st Winter School on the Physics of Quantum Electronics PQE 2011, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis.
  • Biercuk, M., Uys, H., VanDevender, A., Ospelkaus, C., Shiga, N., Itano, W., Bollinger, J. (2010). Coherent control and large-scale entanglement in ion crystals. 10th International Conference on Quantum Control, Measurement, and Computation QCMC 2010, United States: Springer.
  • Uys, H., Biercuk, M., VanDevender, A., Ospelkaus, C., Meiser, D., Ozeri, R., Bollinger, J. (2010). Decoherence of Superposition States in Trapped Ions. 55th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics SAIP 2010, South African: South African Institute of Physics (SAIP).
  • Uys, H., Biercuk, M., Britton, J., VanDevender, A., Bollinger, J. (2010). Detecting yocto (10-24) newton forces with trapped ions. 55th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics SAIP 2010, South African: South African Institute of Physics (SAIP).
  • Uys, H., Biercuk, M., VanDevender, A., Bollinger, J. (2010). Prolonging Coherence in Trapped Ions. 55th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics SAIP 2010, South African: South African Institute of Physics (SAIP).
  • VanDevender, A., Amini, J., Biercuk, M., Blakestad, R., Bowler, R., Brown, K., Bollinger, J., Colombe, Y., Hanneke, D., Home, J., et al (2010). Recent advances in scalable ion-trap quantum information processing at NIST. 10th International Conference on Quantum Control, Measurement, and Computation QCMC 2010, United States: Springer.
  • Uys, H., Biercuk, M., VanDevender, A., Shiga, N., Itano, W., Bollinger, J. (2009). Prolonging qubit coherence: dynamical decoupling schemes studied in a Penning ion trap. Advanced Optical Concepts in Quantum Computing, Memory, and Communication II 2009, Bellingham: Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). [More Information]
  • Home, J., Jost, J., Amini, J., Biercuk, M., Blakestad, R., Bollinger, J., Britton, J., Brown, K., Hanneke, D., Hume, D., et al (2008). Progress towards Scalable Quantum Information Processing with Trapped Ions. Frontiers in Optics 2008 / Laser Science XXIV Conference FiO/LS 2008, United States: Optical Society of America.
  • Zolper, J., Biercuk, M. (2006). The path to adaptive microsystems. Intelligent Integrated Microsystems Conference 2006, United States: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. [More Information]

Patents

  • Sastrawan, J., Biercuk, M. (2016). Optimised stabilisation protocols for atomic clocks. Patent No. 9362929.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Biercuk, M. (2013). Australian science: A fair go means rewarding quality. ABC Science.

Research Reports

  • Biercuk, M. (2008). Short-Changing Our Future: America's Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish Approach to Supporting Tomorrow's Scientists, (pp. 1 - 7). Washington, United States of America: The Progressive Policy Institute.

2017

  • Frey, V., Mavadia, S., Norris, L., de Ferranti, W., Lucarelli, D., Viola, L., Biercuk, M. (2017). Application of optimal band-limited control protocols to quantum noise sensing. Nature Communications, 8(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Bermudez, A., Xu, X., Nigmatullin, R., O'Gorman, J., Negnevitsky, V., Schindler, P., Monz, T., Poschinger, U., Hempel, C., Home, J., Biercuk, M., et al (2017). Assessing the progress of trapped-ion processors towards fault-tolerant quantum computation. Physical Review X, 7(4), 041061-1-041061-41. [More Information]
  • Mavadia, S., Frey, V., Sastrawan, J., Dona, S., Biercuk, M. (2017). Prediction and real-time compensation of qubit decoherence via machine learning. Nature Communications, 8, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Marciniak, C., Ball, H., Hung, A., Biercuk, M. (2017). Towards fully commercial, UV-compatible fiber patch cords. Optics Express, 25(14), 15643-15661. [More Information]

2016

  • Ball, H., Nguyen, T., Leong, P., Biercuk, M. (2016). A functional basis for efficient physical-layer classical control in quantum processors. Physical Review Applied, 6(6), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Sastrawan, J., Jones, C., Akhalwaya, I., Uys, H., Biercuk, M. (2016). Analytically exploiting noise correlations inside the feedback loop to improve locked-oscillator performance. Physical Review E, 94(2), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Sastrawan, J., Biercuk, M. (2016). Optimised stabilisation protocols for atomic clocks. Patent No. 9362929.
  • Ball, H., Stace, T., Flammia, S., Biercuk, M. (2016). Effect of noise correlations on randomized benchmarking. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 93(2), 1-23. [More Information]
  • Ball, H., Oliver, W., Biercuk, M. (2016). The role of master clock stability in quantum information processing. npj Quantum Information, 2, 1-8. [More Information]
  • Britton, J., Bohnet, J., Sawyer, B., Uys, H., Biercuk, M., Bollinger, J. (2016). Vibration-induced field fluctuations in a superconducting magnet. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 93(6), 062511-1-062511-7. [More Information]

2015

  • Green, T., Biercuk, M. (2015). Phase-Modulated Decoupling and Error Suppression in Qubit-Oscillator Systems. Physical Review Letters, 114(12), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Ball, H., Biercuk, M. (2015). Walsh-synthesized noise-filtering quantum logic. EPJ Quantum Technology, 2(11), 1-45. [More Information]

2014

  • Soare, A., Ball, H., Hayes, D., Zhen, X., Jarratt, M., Sastrawan, J., Uys, H., Biercuk, M. (2014). Experimental bath engineering for quantitative studies of quantum control. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 89(4), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Soare, A., Ball, H., Hayes, D., Sastrawan, J., Jarratt, M., McLoughlin, J., Zhen, X., Green, T., Biercuk, M. (2014). Experimental noise filtering by quantum control. Nature Physics, 10(11), 825-829. [More Information]
  • Lee, M., Jarratt, M., Marciniak, C., Biercuk, M. (2014). Frequency stabilization of a 369 nm diode laser by nonlinear spectroscopy of Ytterbium ions in a discharge. Optics Express, 22(6), 7210-7221. [More Information]
  • Hayes, D., Flammia, S., Biercuk, M. (2014). Programmable quantum simulation by dynamic Hamiltonian engineering. New Journal of Physics, 16, 1-22. [More Information]
  • Kabytayev, C., Green, T., Khodjasteh, K., Biercuk, M., Viola, L., Brown, K. (2014). Robustness of composite pulses to time-dependent control noise. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 90(1), 1-9. [More Information]

2013

  • Ball, H., Lee, M., Gensemer, S., Biercuk, M. (2013). A high-power 626 nm diode laser system for Beryllium ion trapping. Review of Scientific Instruments, 84(6), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Green, T., Sastrawan, J., Uys, H., Biercuk, M. (2013). Arbitrary quantum control of qubits in the presence of universal noise. New Journal of Physics, 15, 1-29. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M. (2013). Australian science: A fair go means rewarding quality. ABC Science.
  • Khodjasteh, K., Sastrawan, J., Hayes, D., Green, T., Biercuk, M., Viola, L. (2013). Designing a practical high-fidelity long-time quantum memory. Nature Communications, 4, 1-8. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M. (2013). Nanotechnology and You. In Andrew Jaspan (Eds.), The Explainer: From Deja Vu to Why the Sky is Blue, and Other Conundrums, (pp. 255-258). Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing.

2012

  • Britton, J., Sawyer, B., Keith, A., Wang, J., Freericks, J., Uys, H., Biercuk, M., Bollinger, J. (2012). Engineered two-dimensional Ising interactions in a trapped-ion quantum simulator with hundreds of spins. Nature, 484(7395), 489-492. [More Information]
  • Green, T., Uys, H., Biercuk, M. (2012). High-Order Noise Filtering in Nontrivial Quantum Logic Gates. Physical Review Letters, 109(2), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M. (2012). Precision sensing: A new role for trapped ions. Australian Physics, 49(2), 53-58.
  • Sawyer, B., Britton, J., Keith, A., Wang, J., Freericks, J., Uys, H., Biercuk, M., Bollinger, J. (2012). Spectroscopy and Thermometry of Drumhead Modes in a Mesoscopic Trapped-Ion Crystal Using Entanglement. Physical Review Letters, 108(21), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Blakestad, R., Ospelkaus, C., VanDevender, A., Wesenberg, J., Biercuk, M., Leibfried, D., Wineland, D. (2012). Transport of Trapped-ion Qubits in a Scalable Architecture. 2012 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Piscataway: Optical Society of America.

2011

  • Bollinger, J., Biercuk, M., Uys, H., Britton, J., Itano, W., Shiga, N. (2011). Dynamical Decoupling Experiments with Ion Crystals in Penning Traps. 41st Winter School on the Physics of Quantum Electronics PQE 2011, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis.
  • Biercuk, M., Doherty, A., Uys, H. (2011). Dynamical decoupling sequence construction as a filter-design problem. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 44(15), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Blakestad, R., Ospelkaus, C., VanDevender, A., Wesenberg, J., Biercuk, M., Leibfried, D., Wineland, D. (2011). Near-ground-state transport of trapped-ion qubits through a multidimensional array. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 84(3), 032314-1-032314-14. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Uys, H., Britton, J., VanDevender, A., Bollinger, J. (2011). Phase-coherent detection of an optical dipole force by Doppler velocimetry. Optics Express, 19(11), 10304-10316. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Bluhm, H. (2011). Phenomenological study of decoherence in solid-state spin qubits due to nuclear spin diffusion. Physical Review B, 83(23), 235316-1-235316-10. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Reilly, D. (2011). Quantum computing: Solid-state spins survive. Nature Nanotechnology, 6(1), 9-11. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M. (2011). Quantum measurement: A quantum spectrum analyser. Nature Physics, 7(7), 525-526. [More Information]
  • Hayes, D., Khodjasteh, K., Viola, L., Biercuk, M. (2011). Reducing sequencing complexity in dynamical quantum error suppression by Walsh modulation. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 84(6), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Reilly, D. (2011). Solid-state spins survive: Quantum-control pulse sequences can suppress errors and significantly extend the lifetimes of spin-based quantum bits in solid-state devices. Nature Nanotechnology, 6(1), 9-11. [More Information]

2010

  • Biercuk, M., Uys, H., VanDevender, A., Ospelkaus, C., Shiga, N., Itano, W., Bollinger, J. (2010). Coherent control and large-scale entanglement in ion crystals. 10th International Conference on Quantum Control, Measurement, and Computation QCMC 2010, United States: Springer.
  • Uys, H., Biercuk, M., VanDevender, A., Ospelkaus, C., Meiser, D., Ozeri, R., Bollinger, J. (2010). Decoherence due to Elastic Rayleigh Scattering. Physical Review Letters, 105(20), 200401-1-200401-4. [More Information]
  • Uys, H., Biercuk, M., VanDevender, A., Ospelkaus, C., Meiser, D., Ozeri, R., Bollinger, J. (2010). Decoherence of Superposition States in Trapped Ions. 55th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics SAIP 2010, South African: South African Institute of Physics (SAIP).
  • Uys, H., Biercuk, M., Britton, J., VanDevender, A., Bollinger, J. (2010). Detecting yocto (10-24) newton forces with trapped ions. 55th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics SAIP 2010, South African: South African Institute of Physics (SAIP).
  • Uys, H., Biercuk, M., VanDevender, A., Bollinger, J. (2010). Prolonging Coherence in Trapped Ions. 55th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics SAIP 2010, South African: South African Institute of Physics (SAIP).
  • VanDevender, A., Amini, J., Biercuk, M., Blakestad, R., Bowler, R., Brown, K., Bollinger, J., Colombe, Y., Hanneke, D., Home, J., et al (2010). Recent advances in scalable ion-trap quantum information processing at NIST. 10th International Conference on Quantum Control, Measurement, and Computation QCMC 2010, United States: Springer.
  • Bartlett, S., Biercuk, M., Doherty, A., Reilly, D. (2010). The Revolution is coming. Australian Physics, 47(3), 86-88.
  • Biercuk, M., Uys, H., Britton, J., VanDevender, A., Bollinger, J. (2010). Ultrasensitive detection of force and displacement using trapped ions. Nature Nanotechnology, 5(9), 646-650. [More Information]

2009

  • Biercuk, M., Uys, H., VanDevender, A., Shiga, N., Itano, W., Bollinger, J. (2009). Experimental Uhrig dynamical decoupling using trapped ions. Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), 79(6), 062324-1-062324-12. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Uys, H., VanDevender, A., Shiga, N., Itano, W., Bollinger, J. (2009). High-fidelity quantum control using ion crystals in a Penning trap. Quantum Information and Computation, 9(11-12), 920-949.
  • Biercuk, M., Uys, H., VanDevender, A., Shiga, N., Itano, W., Bollinger, J. (2009). Optimized dynamical decoupling in a model quantum memory. Nature, 458(7241), 996-1000. [More Information]
  • Uys, H., Biercuk, M., Bollinger, J. (2009). Optimized Noise Filtration through Dynamical Decoupling. Physical Review Letters, 103(4), 040501-1-040501-4. [More Information]
  • Uys, H., Biercuk, M., VanDevender, A., Shiga, N., Itano, W., Bollinger, J. (2009). Prolonging qubit coherence: dynamical decoupling schemes studied in a Penning ion trap. Advanced Optical Concepts in Quantum Computing, Memory, and Communication II 2009, Bellingham: Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). [More Information]

2008

  • Biercuk, M., Ilani, S., Marcus, C., McEuen, P. (2008). Electrical Transport in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. In Ado Jorio, Gene Dresselhaus, Mildred S. Dresselhaus (Eds.), Carbon Nanotubes: Advanced Topics in the Synthesis, Structure, Properties and Applications - Topics in Applied Physics Volume 111, (pp. 455-493). Germany: Springer. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Zolper, J. (2008). Electronics for Defense Applications. In Mike Golio, Janet Golio (Eds.), RF and Microwave Applications and Systems: RF and Microwave Handbook, Second Edition, Volume 1, (pp. 1-18). United States: CRC Press. [More Information]
  • Home, J., Jost, J., Amini, J., Biercuk, M., Blakestad, R., Bollinger, J., Britton, J., Brown, K., Hanneke, D., Hume, D., et al (2008). Progress towards Scalable Quantum Information Processing with Trapped Ions. Frontiers in Optics 2008 / Laser Science XXIV Conference FiO/LS 2008, United States: Optical Society of America.
  • Biercuk, M. (2008). Short-Changing Our Future: America's Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish Approach to Supporting Tomorrow's Scientists, (pp. 1 - 7). Washington, United States of America: The Progressive Policy Institute.

2006

  • Biercuk, M., Reilly, D., Buehler, T., Chan, V., Chow, J., Clark, R., Marcus, C. (2006). Charge sensing in carbon-nanotube quantum dots on microsecond timescales. Physical Review B, 73(20), 201402-1-201402-4. [More Information]
  • Zolper, J., Biercuk, M. (2006). The path to adaptive microsystems. Intelligent Integrated Microsystems Conference 2006, United States: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. [More Information]

2005

  • Biercuk, M., Mason, N., Martin, J., Yacoby, A., Marcus, C. (2005). Anomalous Conductance Quantization in Carbon Nanotubes. Physical Review Letters, 94(2), 026801-1-026801-4. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Mason, N., Martin, J., Yacoby, A., Marcus, C. (2005). Erratum: Anomalous Conductance Quantization in Carbon Nanotubes [Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 026801 (2005)]. Physical Review Letters, 95(6), 069902-1. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Garaj, S., Mason, N., Chow, J., Marcus, C. (2005). Gate-Defined Quantum Dots on Carbon Nanotubes. Nano Letters, 5(7), 1267-1271. [More Information]

2004

  • Mason, N., Biercuk, M., Marcus, C. (2004). Local Gate Control of a Carbon Nanotube Double Quantum Dot. Science, 303(5658), 655-658. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Mason, N., Marcus, C. (2004). Local Gating of Carbon Nanotubes. Nano Letters, 4(1), 1-4. [More Information]
  • Biercuk, M., Mason, N., Chow, J., Marcus, C. (2004). Locally Addressable Tunnel Barriers within a Carbon Nanotube. Nano Letters, 4(12), 2499-2502. [More Information]

2003

  • Biercuk, M., Monsma, D., Marcus, C., Becker, J., Gordon, R. (2003). Low-temperature atomic-layer-deposition lift-off method for microelectronic and nanoelectronic applications. Applied Physics Letters, 83(12), 2405-2407. [More Information]

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