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John Teufel (Fed)


Dr. John D. Teufel is an experimental physicist in the Applied Physics Division of NIST Boulder. He received his PhD in physics from Yale University on a fellowship from NASA studying superconducting photon detectors. Now as a project leader in the Advanced Microwave Photonics group at NIST, he uses the tools of nanofabrication and precision microwave measurements at cryogenic temperatures to explore the quantum behavior of macroscopic systems. This includes development and metrology of superconducting qubits, optomechanical circuits and Josephson parametric technology.


  • 2021: Arthur S. Flemming Award, for exceptional federal service.
  • 2021: Physics World: Breakthrough of the Year, for "...entangling two macroscopic vibrating drumheads, thereby advancing our understanding of the divide between quantum and classical systems."
  • 2019: John J. Turin Award, physics alumni award for outstanding career accomplishments.
  • 2018: Dept of Commerce Silver Medal Award, for "...seminal research toward future quantum networks."
  • 2017: Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers, for "...approaching the quantum limits of precision measurement."
  • 2015: National Academy of Science: Kavli Fellow


Entanglement Thresholds of Doubly Parametric Quantum Transducers

Curtis Rau, Akira Kyle, Alexander T. Kwiatkowski, Ezad Shojaee, John Teufel, Konrad Lehnert, Tasshi Dennis
Doubly parametric quantum transducers, such as electro-optomechanical devices, show promise for providing the critical link between quantum information encoded
Created September 24, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022