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Daniel Slichter (Fed)


I am a staff physicist in the Ion Storage Group at NIST Boulder. My research focuses on quantum information experiments with trapped atomic ions, with an emphasis on developing new paradigms for scalable trapped ion quantum computing. Recent projects include performing high-fidelity two-ion entangling operations with microwave and rf fields instead of lasers, achieving entangled state fidelities rivaling those from best laser-based gates; using strong unitary squeezing of ion motion to enhance ion-ion interactions and to perform electric field sensing below the standard quantum limit; and integrating superconducting photon detectors into microfabricated ion traps (made in the world-class NIST Boulder Microfabrication Facility, in collaboration with the NIST Faint Photonics Group) as an initial step in building a fully chip-integrated trapped ion quantum processor. In my previous research life, I worked in superconducting quantum information, where I performed the first continuous high-fidelity measurement of a superconducting qubit, and studied quantum feedback, measurement backaction, and near-quantum-limited parametric amplification.

The research in our group is carried out by an international team of staff scientists, postdocs, and graduate students. We are always looking for bright, motivated people to join us. Please contact me to discuss opportunities.

A complete up-to-date listing of my publications is available on Google Scholar or the arXiv.  You can also find PDFs via the Ion Storage Group Publications page.

Selected Recent Publications

  • R. Srinivas, S. C. Burd, H. M. Knaack, R. T. Sutherland, A. Kwiatkowski, S. Glancy, E. Knill, D. J. Wineland, D. Leibfried, A. C. Wilson, D. T. C. Allcock, and D. H. Slichter. “High-fidelity laser-free universal control of trapped-ion qubits.” Nature 597, 209 (2021). PDF Journal
  • S. C. Burd, R. Srinivas, H. M. Knaack, W. Ge, A. C. Wilson, D. J. Wineland, D. Leibfried, J. J. Bollinger, D. T. C. Allcock, and D. H. Slichter.  “Quantum amplification of boson-mediated interactions.” Nature Physics 17, 898 (2021). PDF Journal
  • S. L. Todaro, V. B. Verma, K. C. McCormick, D. T. C. Allcock, R. P. Mirin, D. J. Wineland, S. W. Nam, A. C. Wilson, D. Leibfried, and D. H. Slichter. “State Readout of a Trapped Ion Qubit Using a Trap-Integrated Superconducting Photon Detector.” Physical Review Letters 126, 010501 (2021). PDF Journal
  • J. C. Bardin, D. H. Slichter, and D. J. Reilly.  “Microwaves in Quantum Computing.” IEEE Journal of Microwaves 1, 403 (2021). PDF Journal
  • S. C. Burd, R. Srinivas, J. J. Bollinger, A. C. Wilson, D. J. Wineland, D. Leibfried, D. H. Slichter, and D. T. C. Allcock, “Quantum amplification of mechanical oscillator motion.” Science 364, 1163 (2019). PDF Journal
  • R. Srinivas, S. C. Burd, R. T. Sutherland, A. C. Wilson, D. J. Wineland, D. Leibfried, D. T. C. Allcock, and D. H. Slichter, “Trapped-ion spin-motion coupling with microwaves and a near-motional oscillating magnetic field gradient.” Physical Review Letters 122, 163201 (2019). PDF Journal
  • R. T. Sutherland, R. Srinivas, S. C. Burd, D. Leibfried, A. C. Wilson, D. J. Wineland, D. T. C. Allcock, D. H. Slichter, and S. B. Libby, “Versatile laser-free trapped-ion entangling gates.”  New Journal of Physics 21, 033033 (2019). PDF Journal



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

Motional Squeezing for Trapped Ion Transport and Separation

Robert Sutherland, Shaun Burd, Daniel Slichter, Stephen Libby, Dietrich Leibfried
Transport, separation, and merging of trapped ion crystals are essential operations for most large-scale quantum computing architectures. In this Letter, we

Resource-efficient dissipative entanglement of two trapped-ion qubits

Daniel Cole, Stephen Erickson, Giorgio Zarantonello, Panyu Hou, Jenny Wu, Karl Horn, Daniel Slichter, Florentin Reiter, Christiane Koch, Dietrich Leibfried
We demonstrate a simplified method for generating an entangled state of two trapped-ion qubits. Our implementation produces its target state faster and with
Created July 30, 2019, Updated May 23, 2023