About Professor Michael J. Biercuk

Our work aims to enable an entire new generation of quantum-enabled technologies by addressing key challenges in quantum control.

Experimentalist and expert in quantum control, Dr. Michael J. Biercuk runs the Quantum Control Laboratory in the School of Physics.

Dr. Michael J. Biercuk is an experimental physicist and the Primary Investigator in the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney. His research group performs cutting-edge experiments using trapped atomic ions for the development of new quantum-enabled technologies. Dr. Biercuk's specialties include quantum physics, quantum control, quantum error suppression, ion trapping, nanoelectronics, and precision metrology. Michael was educated in the United States, earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Master's and Doctoral degrees from Harvard University. Following receipt of the PhD Michael served as a full-time scientific consultant to DARPA, the premier research funding agency in the United States. He then returned to the laboratory when he assumed a postdoctoral research appointment in the Ion Storage Group at NIST, Boulder. Dr. Biercuk's expertise has been recognized by numerous technical appointments, awards, and media appearances. He is a regular contributor to both the technical literature and the popular press, providing expert commentary on a variety of issues.

Selected publications

  1. M.J. Biercuk, H. Uys, A. VanDevender, N. Shiga, W. M. Itano, J. J. Bollinger, "Optimized Dynamical Decoupling in a Model Quantum Memory." Nature 458, 996 (2009).
    Featured in MIT Technology Review (June 2009), New York Times News Feed, Physics Today Search & Discovery (June 2009), EE Times, etc.
  2. N. Mason, M.J. Biercuk, C. M. Marcus. "Local gate control of a carbon nanotube double quantum dot." Science 303, 655 (2004).
  3. M.J. Biercuk, H. Uys, J.W. Britton, A.P. VanDevender, J. J. Bollinger, "Ultrasensitive force and displacement detection using trapped ions." Nature Nanotechnology 5, 646-650 (2010).
    Featured in The Economist (Apr. 24, 2010), MIT Technology Review arXiv Blog (Apr. 2010), Nature News (Apr. 2010), Physics Today News, Slashdot, etc. (References to arXiv:1004.0780).
  4. M.J. Biercuk, M. C. Llaguno, M. Radosavljevic, J. K. Hyun, A. T. Johnson Jr, J. E. Fischer. "Carbon nanotube composites for thermal management," Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 2767 (2002).
    Featured in Physics Today Popular Science Update (July 2002), Science's Compass; "Carbon Nanotubes - the Route Toward Applications." Science 297, 789 (2 August, 2002).
  5. H. Uys, M.J. Biercuk, A.P. VanDevender, C. Ospelkaus, D. Meiser, R. Ozeri, J. J. Bollinger, "Decoherence due to elastic Rayleigh scattering." Phys. Rev. Lett. 105,200401 (2010). Featured in Physics, "Unexpected Error," 13 Nov 2010.
  6. H. Uys, M.J. Biercuk, J. J. Bollinger, "Optimized Noise Filtration through Dynamical Decoupling." Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 040501 (2009).
  7. M.J. Biercuk, N. Mason, J. Martin, A. Yacoby, C. M. Marcus," Anomalous conductance quantization in carbon nanotubes." Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 026801 (2005).
  8. J. Hone, M. C. Llaguno, M.J. Biercuk, A. T. Johnson, B. Batlogg, Z. Benes, J. E. Fischer. "Thermal properties of carbon nanotubes and nanotube-based materials," Appl. Phys. A 74, 339 (2002).
  9. M.J. Biercuk, D. J. Monsma, J. S. Becker, C. M. Marcus, R. G. Gordon, "A low-temperature atomic layer deposition liftoff method for microelectronic and nanoelectronic applications," Appl. Phys. Lett., 83, 2405 (2003).
  10. M.J. Biercuk, A.C. Doherty, and H. Uys, "Dynamical decoupling sequence construction as a filter design problem." Journal of Physics B 44, 154002 (2011).