Columbia Quantum Initiative People

We're a vibrant group of  physicists,  chemists, engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, and more.

Building on a long, collaborative history at Columbia that facilitates a seamless flow of ideas and people, the members of the Columbia Quantum Initiative work across disciplines to learn how to control the quantum world with exquisite precision and sensitivity.

Quantum Initiative Task Force

Dmitri Basov
Dmitri Basov (Co-Chair)

Nano-optics of Quantum Materials

Alex Gaeta
Alex Gaeta (Co-Chair)

Quantum and Nonlinear Optics for Novel Devices

Jim Hone
Jim Hone

2D Material Synthesis and Nano-fabrication of Novel Devices

Andy Millis
Andy Millis

Interacting Electron Phenomena in Condensed Matter Systems

Rocco Servedio
Rocco Servedio

Computational Complexity, Learning Theory, Randomness in Computation

Tanya Zelevinsky
Tanya Zelevinsky

Ultracold Atoms and Molecules for Fundamental Science

Theorists

David Albert
David Albert

Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

Igor Aleiner
Igor Aleiner

Electron Interactions and Disorder in Condensed Matter Systems

Boris Altshuler
Boris Altshuler

Physics of Electrons in Quantum Materials and Nanodevices

Ana Asenjo-Garcia
Ana Asenjo-Garcia

Theoretical Quantum Optics and Many-body Physics

Tim Berkelbach
Tim Berkelbach

Quantum Dynamics, Phenomenology, and Condensed-Phase Quantum Chemistry

Bruce Berne
Bruce Berne

Structural and Dynamical Processes in Condensed matter and Biophysical Systems

Ivan Corwin
Ivan Corwin

Quantum Integrable Systems and Probability Theory

Richard Freisner
Richard Freisner

Methods Development for Quantum Chemistry

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

String Theory and Mathematical Physics

Ronghui Gu
Ronghui Gu

Programming Languages, Systems Verification, and Proof Automation

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Andrew Millis

Interacting Electron Phenomena in Condensed Matter Systems

David Reichman
David Reichman

Structure and Dynamics of Complex Condensed Phase Processes

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Raquel Queiroz

Topology and Symmetry in Quantum Systems

Michael Weinstein
Michael Weinstein

Mathematical Modeling, Analysis, and Applications of Wave Phenomena

Renata Wentzcovitch
Renata Wentzcovitch

Quantum Phases and Transitions at Extreme Conditions

Henry Yuen
Henry Yuen

Theoretical Quantum Information, Computation, and Complexity

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Rocco Servedio

Computational Complexity, Learning Theory, Randomness in Computation

Experimentalists

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Dmitri Basov

Nano-optics of Quantum Materials

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Louis Brus

Experimental Chemical Physics and Nanoscience

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Cory Dean

Electronic Properties of Quantum Materials

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Milan Delor

Coherent Imaging and Control of Quasiparticle Interactions

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Szabolcs Marka

Architecture and Programming of Quantum Devices

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James McIver

Femtosecond Science on a Chip

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Colin Nuckolls

Superatoms in Materials Science

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Jonathan Owen

Inorganic Chemistry of Semiconductor and Metal Nanocrystals

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Abhay Pasupathy

2D Materials, Quantum Phenomena, and Scanning Tunnel Microscopy

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Xavier Roy

Design and Synthesis of Molecular Building Blocks for Nanoelectronics

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Mike Tuts

Physics of Elementary Particles

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Yasumoto Uemura

MuSR and Phenomenology of Unconventional Superconductors and Quantum Magnets

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Sebastian Will

Quantum Simulation with Ultracold Atoms and Molecules

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Xiaoyang Zhu

Quasiparticle Dynamics and Photophysics in Quantum Materials

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Bill Zajc

Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics

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Tanya Zelevinsky

Ultracold Atoms and Molecules for Fundamental Science

Engineers

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Katayun Barmak

Macro-, Micro-, and Nano-scale Material Synthesis, Structure, and Phase Transformations

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Keren Bergman

Lightwave Research at the Intersection of Computing and Photonics

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Simon Billinge

Broken Local Symmetries, Anharmonicity, and Electron-Phonon Interactions

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Aravind Devarakonda

Synthesizing Quantum Materials Hosting Novel Electronic Ground States

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Alex Gaeta

Quantum and Nonlinear Optics for Novel Devices

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Irving Herman

Fundamental Science and Applications of Laser Interactions with Matter

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Jim Hone

2D Material Synthesis and Nano-fabrication of Novel Devices

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Chris Marianetti

Computation of Material Behavior from the First-principles of Quantum Mechanics

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Michal Lipson

Physics and Applications of Nanophotonic Structures

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James Schuck

Optically Probing Quantum Properties of Nanoscale Environments

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Latha Venkataraman

Fundamental Properties of Single Molecule Devices

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Nanfang Yu

Nanophotonics and Quantum Device Physics