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Kenneth R Brown

Kenneth R Brown

Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Prof. Brown's research interest is the control of quantum systems for both understanding the natural world and developing new technologies. His current research areas are the development of robust quantum computers and the study of molecular properties at cold and ultracold temperatures.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Associate Professor of Physics

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 701 W Main St, Suite 400, Durham, NC 27701
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-1376
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  • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 2003
  • B.S. University Puget Sound, 1998

Research Interests

Quantum error correction, quantum control, quantum computer architecture, ion trap quantum computing, and the spectroscopy of sympathetically cooled molecular ions

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellow. American Physical Society. 2018
  • Experienced Research Fellow. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 2015

Courses Taught

  • ECE 392: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • PHYSICS 493: Research Independent Study
  • PHYSICS 495: Thesis Independent Study
  • PHYSICS 590: Selected Topics in Theoretical Physics

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Leung, PH; Landsman, KA; Figgatt, C; Linke, NM; Monroe, C; Brown, KR, Robust 2-Qubit Gates in a Linear Ion Crystal Using a Frequency-Modulated Driving Force., Physical Review Letters, vol 120 no. 2 (2018) [10.1103/physrevlett.120.020501] [abs].
  • Condoluci, J; Janardan, S; Calvin, AT; Rugango, R; Shu, G; Sherrill, CD; Brown, KR, Reassigning the CaH+ 11Σ → 21Σ vibronic transition with CaD., The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol 147 no. 21 (2017) [10.1063/1.5016556] [abs].
  • Linke, NM; Gutierrez, M; Landsman, KA; Figgatt, C; Debnath, S; Brown, KR; Monroe, C, Fault-tolerant quantum error detection., Science Advances, vol 3 no. 10 (2017) [10.1126/sciadv.1701074] [abs].
  • Li, M; Gutiérrez, M; David, SE; Hernandez, A; Brown, KR, Fault tolerance with bare ancillary qubits for a [[7,1,3]] code, Physical Review A, vol 96 no. 3 (2017) [10.1103/PhysRevA.96.032341] [abs].
  • Brown, KR; Kim, J; Monroe, C, Co-designing a scalable quantum computer with trapped atomic ions, Npj Quantum Information, vol 2 no. 1 (2016) [10.1038/npjqi.2016.34] [abs].
  • Rugango, R; Calvin, AT; Janardan, S; Shu, G; Brown, KR, Vibronic Spectroscopy of Sympathetically Cooled CaH., Chemphyschem : a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry, vol 17 no. 22 (2016), pp. 3764-3768 [10.1002/cphc.201600645] [abs].