Researcher's Profile

  • Fellow
  • Jacob M TAYLOR
  • RCAST Fellow


September 2006 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pappalardo Fellow
November 2006 Harvard University, Department of Physics, Ph.D
April 2009 Joint Quantum Institute/National Institute of Standards and Technology, Physicist and JQI Fellow
April 2009 University of Maryland, College Park, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physics
April 2014 University of Maryland, Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science, Co-director
September 2014 Fellow, RCAST, The University of Tokyo

Research Interests

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. I work 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.
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