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Crystal Noel


Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Prof. Noel's research interests include both the technology development for scalable ion trap quantum computers, as well as using existing ion trap quantum computers for relevant demonstrations, tests, and simulations.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Assistant Professor of Physics

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 701 W Main St, Chesterfield Building, Durham, NC 27701
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  • Ph.D. University of California - Berkeley, 2019
  • B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013

Research Interests

Quantum computing and simulation with trapped ions, integrated photonics for scalable trapped ion systems, and electric-field noise from surfaces

Courses Taught

  • ECE 270DL: Fields and Waves: Fundamentals of Information Propagation
  • ECE 392: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 899: Special Readings in Electrical Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Zhu, D; Cian, ZP; Noel, C; Risinger, A; Biswas, D; Egan, L; Zhu, Y; Green, AM; Alderete, CH; Nguyen, NH; Wang, Q; Maksymov, A; Nam, Y; Cetina, M; Linke, NM; Hafezi, M; Monroe, C, Cross-platform comparison of arbitrary quantum states., Nature Communications, vol 13 no. 1 (2022) [10.1038/s41467-022-34279-5] [abs].
  • Lewis, L; Zhu, D; Gheorghiu, A; Noel, C; Katz, O; Harraz, B; Wang, Q; Risinger, A; Feng, L; Biswas, D; Egan, L; Vidick, T; Cetina, M; Monroe, C, Experimental Implementation of an Efficient Test of Quantumness (2022) [abs].
  • Berlin-Udi, M; Matthiesen, C; Lloyd, PNT; Alonso, AM; Noel, C; Saarel, B; Orme, CA; Kim, C-E; Nelson, AJ; Ray, KG; Lordi, V; Häffner, H, Changes in electric field noise due to thermal transformation of a surface ion trap, Physical Review B, vol 106 no. 3 (2022) [10.1103/physrevb.106.035409] [abs].
  • Noel, C; Niroula, P; Zhu, D; Risinger, A; Egan, L; Biswas, D; Cetina, M; Gorshkov, AV; Gullans, MJ; Huse, DA; Monroe, C, Measurement-induced quantum phases realized in a trapped-ion quantum computer, Nature Physics, vol 18 no. 7 (2022), pp. 760-764 [10.1038/s41567-022-01619-7] [abs].
  • Cetina, M; Egan, LN; Noel, C; Goldman, ML; Biswas, D; Risinger, AR; Zhu, D; Monroe, C, Control of Transverse Motion for Quantum Gates on Individually Addressed Atomic Qubits, Prx Quantum, vol 3 no. 1 (2022) [10.1103/PRXQuantum.3.010334] [abs].