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Jacob Taylor

Advances in our understanding quantum mechanics enables new technological and physical investigations that examine the fundamental connection between emergent behavior of quantum systems and computational complexity. Currently it seems that there is a discrepancy between what nature makes easy and hard: classical physics and quantum mechanics disagree on this point. Thus measurement is easy in classical systems and difficult in quantum systems, while certain computational problems, such as simulating quantum systems and factoring large numbers, appear to be easier for quantum systems than classical systems. Taylor works towards a deeper understand of this classical-quantum divide, hoping to determine a constructive approach towards larger and larger quantum systems. The focus is on three main research areas: implementations of quantum systems using nano fabrication-based approaches, applications of quantum information science to technological challenges, and answering fundamental questions about complexity and computability.

Taylor is a Physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, co-director of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science ( at the University of Maryland, and a Joint Quantum Institute ( Fellow. His research group investigates the fundamental limits to quantum devices for computation and communication. He received an AB in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics at Harvard in 2000 and then spent a year as a Luce Scholar at the University of Tokyo. Taylor returned to Harvard for his PhD in the group of Mikhail Lukin in 2006, working on approaches to quantum computing and fault tolerance using spins in quantum dots. He went on to a Pappalardo Fellowship at MIT, working with members of both the Condensed Matter Theory group and the Center for Theoretical Physics, and during that time co-invented diamond-based magnetometry. In 2009 Taylor joined the Joint Quantum Institute and NIST. He is the recipient of the Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the AAAS, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to American "Call to Service" medal, the Silver Medal of the Commerce Department, the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, and the IUPAP C15 Young Scientist prize.

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Auto-tuning of double dot devices it in situ with machine learning

Justyna P. Zwolak, Thomas McJunkin, Sandesh Kalantre, J. P. Dodson, E. R. MacQuarrie, D. E. Savage, M. G. Lagally, S N. Coppersmith, Mark A. Eriksson, Jacob M. Taylor
The current practice of manually tuning quantum dots (QDs) for qubit operation is a relatively time- consuming procedure that is inherently impractical for

Photon thermalization via laser cooling of atoms

Chiao-Hsuan Wang, Michael Gullans, James V. Porto, William D. Phillips, Jacob M. Taylor
The cooling of atomic motion by scattered light enables a wide variety of technological and scientific explorations. Here we focus on laser cooling from the


Optomechnical Gravimeter

NIST Inventors
Jacob Taylor, Jon R. Pratt and
Patent Description Currently many space projects require, at their core, sensors capable of measuring spurious forces acting on the spacecraft with extremely high sensitivity at ng/√Hz levels and below, particularly for high accuracy navigation and drag-free flight. NIST has developed a novel and
Photonic thermometer packages

Optical Temperature Sensor

NIST Inventors
Zeeshan Ahmed, Stephen Semancik, Jacob Taylor, Gregory F. Strouse and
The photonic temperature sensor relies on ultra-sensitive, frequency-based measurements of the effect of heat on the dimensions and predominant thermo-optic properties of the photonic resonator.
This image of a chart titled "How does it work" that describes the optomechanical reference.

Optomechanical Reference

NIST Inventors
Jacob Taylor, Gordon A. Shaw, and
A mechanical sensor incorporating an optical cavity is used to provide a mass and/or force reference from a known or characterized circulating optical power in the optical cavity. The radiation pressure force in the optical cavity is used to actuate the mechanical sensor. The optical cavity in put
Created July 17, 2018