David I. Schuster (PhD 2007, Physics), assistant professor of Physics at the University of Chicago, has won the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s William L. McMillan Award for his groundbreaking work in circuit quantum electrodynamics. The award recognizes outstanding work by a young researcher in condensed matter physics.
Schuster studies hybrid approaches to quantum information processing. Most current quantum computer research has focused on large-scale systems that use a single type of component, such as atoms, spins, and photons. Recent breakthroughs have made it possible to create small quantum-mechanical systems that employ a variety of these elements. Schuster focuses on trying to connect these different quantum systems using superconducting circuits.
His other honors include a research fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a DARPA Young Faculty Award, and an NSF CAREER Award – the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. He also won the Yale Quantum Information and Mesoscopic Physics Fellowship and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Dissertation Award. Schuster’s adviser at Yale was Robert Schoelkopf.
Schuster has coauthored numerous publications, including “Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics: Coherent Coupling of a Single Photon to a Cooper Pair Box,” “Proposal for Manipulating and Detecting Spin and Orbital States of Trapped Electrons on Helium Using Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics,” “High-Cooperativity Coupling of Electron-Spin Ensembles to Superconducting Cavities,” and “Resolving Photon Number States in a Superconducting Circuit.”