Leonardo DiCarlo

QC 2nd floor, B267
Management Assistant: Marja Plas

Leo DiCarlo (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1976) is an assistant professor in Applied Physics since October 2010. He holds a double major in physics and electrical engineering from Stanford University (1999), a masters in electrical engineering also from Stanford (2000), and a PhD in mesoscopic physics from Harvard (2008). Leo’s focus evolved from semi to superconducting electronic systems during his post-doc in applied physics at Yale University (2008-2010). Highlights from this period include the first solid-state quantum processors executing quantum algorithms, generating three-qubit entanglement, and performing basic quantum error correction.

In Delft, Leo and his team are devoted to transforming these superconducting prototypes into useful quantum computing technology. In particular, his group focuses on developing quantum measurements and feedback control as needed by a scalable architecture that quantum computes while self-correcting errors. This is a great challenge blurring the line between traditional condensed-matter physics and electrical engineering. Leo lives for the aha! moments when the processors make a leap forward, half the time through the sudden understanding of unexpected underlying physics, and the other half through improved measurement hardware and technique. QuTech provides the perfect setting for this fusion. “Collaborations with TNO and the involvement of engineering students sprung by the first QuTech Master’s course already impact our activity!,” he notes.


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