Office: ES&T L1240
B.S., University of Puget Sound, 1998; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2003; Postdoctoral fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003-2006
Blanchard Assistant Professorship, 2009; Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, 1997; Kavli Institute for Theoretical
Physics, Graduate Fellow, 2001; John and Fannie Hertz Fellow, 1998-2003
Quantum information is an exciting new field that employs quantum mechanical systems to solve problems in computation and communication. The Brown Group uses the experimental and theoretical techniques of quantum information to address challenges in physical chemistry. The basis of our experimental work is a collection of laser cooled ions trapped in a quadrupole ion trap. The theoretical work focuses on understanding the boundary between classical and quantum algorithms for calculating material properties.
Quantum Simulations of Molecules and Materials:
Many materials exhibit magnetic frustration and have low temperature phase diagrams that are often dominated by quantum effects. The Brown Group will examine these quantum effects by building a quantum simulator composed of trapped atomic ions. A quantum simulator will be exponentially more efficient than a classical simulation, making it possible to rapidly calculate the quantum mechanical properties of magnetic materials, superconductors, and molecules.
Cold Molecular Ions:
The reaction dynamics of molecules at millikelvin temperatures exhibit
interesting quantum mechanical effects that are typically hidden by
thermal averaging. However, preparing molecules at millikelvin temperatures
and then accurately measuring reaction products has been a long-standing
challenge for physical chemists. The Brown Group is developing a technique
that uses atomic ions to cool and measure molecular ions. This technique
will allow for the detection of weak molecular transitions by atomic
fluorescence which will be useful for fundamental studies of chemical
"Monte Carlo analysis of critical phenomenon of the Ising model on
memory stabilizer structures," C. R. Viteri, Y. Tomita, and K. R. Brown,
Phys. Rev. A, 2009, accepted
"Design and characterization of a planar trap," U. Tanaka, R. Naka, F. Iwata, T. Ujimaru, K. R. Brown, I. L. Chuang, and S. Urabe, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys., 2009, 42, 154006
"Resource requirements for fault-tolerant quantum simulation: The ground state of the transverse Ising model," C. R. Clark, T. S. Metodi, S. D. Gasster, and K. R. Brown,
Phys. Rev. A, 2009 79, 062314
"A two-dimensional lattice ion trap for quantum simulation," R. J. Clark, T. Lin, K. R. Brown, and I.L. Chuang, J. Appl. Phys., 2009, 105, 013114
"Suppression of heating rates in cryogenic surface-electrode ion traps," J. Labaziewicz, Y. Ge, P. Antohi, D. R. Leibrandt, K. R. Brown, and I.L. Chuang,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 2008, 100, 013001
"Laser ablation loading of a surface-electrode ion trap," D. R. Leibrandt, R. J. Clark, J. Labaziewicz, P. Antohi, W. Bakr, K. R. Brown, and I. L. Chuang
Phys. Rev. A, 2007, 76, 055403
"Energy protection arguments fail in the interaction picture", K.R. Brown, Phys. Rev. A , 2007, 76, 022327
"Compact, filtered diode laser system for precision spectroscopy," J. Labaziewicz, P. Richerme, K. R. Brown, I. L. Chuang, and K. Hayasaka, Optics Letters, 2007, 32, 572
"Loading and characterization of a printed-circuit-board atomic ion trap," K.R. Brown, R.J. Clark, J. Labaziewicz, P. Richerme, D. R. Leibrandt, and I.L. Chuang, Phys.Rev. A, 2007, 75, 015401.
"Limitations of quantum simulation examined by simulating a pairing Hamiltonian using nuclear magnetic resonance", K. R. Brown, R. J. Clark, and I. L. Chuang, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2006, 97, 050504.