My research under Professor Jason Kestner is in the field of quantum computing. This area is closely connected to condensed matter due to the fact that this is where we can physically realize our quantum computer and use it to perform calculations. My research on performing joint measurements is done within the context of quantum dots. These are semiconductor devices which contain trapped electrons that can be used as qubits. Quantum computers have powerful capabilities which make them fascinating, but the interesting problem is how to build one. One of the biggest obstacles in building quantum computers is decoherence and noise. Quantum error-correcting codes are essential to fault-tolerant systems and this is the area my project focuses on: making entanglement and quantum error correction more efficient.
Professor Kestner first asked me to engage in textbook reading to make sure I was capable. I self-studied undergraduate quantum physics and demonstrated my independent learning ability by solving his assigned problems. I also taught myself the necessary linear algebra and introductory quantum computation to work on the project of performing joint measurements using resonant tunneling. The main objective is to explore the theoretical conditions that must be satisfied before it can be implemented in experiment.
Meeting in his office
Looking out from the physics building 1st floor hallway