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Andrew C. Wilson (Fed)

Chief of the Quantum Physics Division

Andrew Wilson is the Chief of the Quantum Physics Division, which is the NIST part of JILA, the joint institute between NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also the NIST Program Official for the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) and a member of the QED-C Steering Committee. Andrew received his PhD in AMO Physics from the University of Otago (New Zealand) in 1993, was a postdoc in the Clarendon Laboratory at the University of Oxford, and then a professor in the Department of Physics at Otago until coming to NIST in 2010.

At NIST, Andrew joined the Ion Storage Group, performing quantum-information experiments on high-fidelity coherent control of atomic ions to explore applications of quantum entanglement including quantum logic and computing, quantum simulation, and quantum-enhanced precision measurement. A major emphasis of the group’s research is the development of techniques and tools that will be needed for large-scale, fault-tolerant, quantum-information processors. Before working with trapped ions at NIST, Andrew’s research focused on Bose-Einstein condensates, quantum degenerate Fermi gases, and precision laser spectroscopy of neutral atoms and molecules.


NIST Gold Medal, 2020
NIST Bronze Medal, 2018
NIST Distinguished Associate, 2013
JILA Visiting Fellow, 2004


High-fidelity laser-free universal control of trapped ion qubits

Raghavendra Srinivas, Emanuel Knill, Robert Sutherland, Alexander T. Kwiatkowski, Hannah M. Knaack, Scott Glancy, David J. Wineland, Shaun C. Burd, Dietrich Leibfried, Andrew C. Wilson, David T. Allcock, Daniel Slichter
Universal control of multiple qubits—the ability to entangle qubits and to perform arbitrary individual qubit operations—is a fundamental resource for quantum

Quantum amplification of boson-mediated interactions

Shaun C. Burd, Raghavendra Srinivas, Hannah M. Knaack, Wenchao Ge, Andrew C. Wilson, David J. Wineland, Dietrich Leibfried, John J. Bollinger, David T. Allcock, Daniel Slichter
Strong and precisely controlled interactions between quantum objects are essential for quantum information processing\citeSackett2000,Majer2007}, simulation

Ion transport and reordering in a two-dimensional trap array

Yong Wan, Robert Jordens, Stephen Erickson, Jenny Wu, Ryan S. Bowler, Ting R. Tan, Panyu Hou, Andrew C. Wilson, Dietrich Leibfried
Scaling quantum information processors is a challenging task, requiring manipulation of a large number of qubits with high fidelity and a high degree of
Created October 9, 2019, Updated January 18, 2022