Curriculum vitae

Research interests

Computational quantum physics, quantum computing, optomechanical systems, superconducting circuit devices, analogue gravitational physics, quantum optics, and scientific visualization.

Education

2005-2010 - Ph.D. Physics, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire USA.
  • Dissertation Topic: “Quantum Dynamics of Nonlinear Cavity Systems”

  • Advisor: Miles P. Blencowe

2002-2005 - B.S. Physics, Utah State University, Logan, Utah USA.
  • Minor: Mathematics

  • Graduated cum laude: 3.77/4.0

Experience

  • 2018-Present - Research Staff Member, IBM, Yorktown Heights USA.

  • 2015-2017 - Staff Physicist IV, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Aurora, Colorado USA.

  • 2012-2015 - Assistant Professor, Korea University Department of Physics, Seoul, South Korea.

  • 2011-2012 - JSPS Foreign Postdoctoral Fellow, RIKEN Advanced Science Institute, Wako-shi, Saitama Japan.

  • 2010-2012 - Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor, Michigan USA.

  • 2010-2011 - Visiting Researcher, RIKEN Advanced Science Institute, Wako-shi, Saitama Japan

  • 2005-2010 - Graduate Student, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire USA.

  • 2009 - Visiting Researcher, NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Atsugi, Kanagawa Japan.

  • 2004-2005 - Science Specialist, Dugway Proving Grounds, U.S. Army, Dugway, Utah USA.

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 - Outstanding Research Accomplishment, “IBM Quantum Cloud Applications and Services”, IBM.

  • 2020 - Outstanding Research Accomplishment, “Quantum Education with Qiskit”, IBM.

  • 2019 - Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, “Qiskit and IBM Q Experience Ecosystem”, IBM.

  • 2019 - Corporate Technical Award, “IBM Q 20-qubit system development and deployment”, IBM.

  • 2014 - Outstanding Teaching Award, (Computational Physics), Korea University.

  • 2012 - Outstanding Teaching Award, (Introductory Physics), Korea University.

  • 2011-2012 - JSPS Foreign Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science.

  • 2009-2010 - Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education.

  • 2009 - East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship, NSF / JSPS.

  • 2005-2006 - GAANN Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education.

  • 2005 - Best undergraduate science poster presentation, Utah State University.

Publications

Challenges and Opportunities of Near-Term Quantum Computing Systems
  • Antonio D. Córcoles, Abihinav Kandala, Ali Javadi-Abhari, Douglas T. McClure, Andrew W. Cross, Kristan Temme, Paul D. Nation, Matthais Steffen, and Jay M. Gambetta

  • Proc. of IEEE 108, 1338 (2020)

Validating quantum computers using randomized model circuits
Ultrastrong optomechanics incorporating the dynamical Casimir effect
Steady-state solution methods for open quantum optical systems
Iterative solutions to the steady-state density matrix for optomechanical systems
A cavity-Cooper pair transistor scheme for investigating quantum optomechanics in the ultra-strong coupling regime
Nonclassical mechanical states in an optomechanical micromaser analog
QuTiP 2: A Python framework for the dynamics of open quantum systems
Non-equilibrium Landauer Transport Model for Hawking Radiation from a Black Hole
QuTiP: An open-source Python framework for the dynamics of open quantum systems
Stimulating uncertainty: Amplifying the quantum vacuum with superconducting circuits
The trilinear Hamiltonian: a zero dimensional model of Hawking radiation from a quantized source
Analogue Hawking Radiation in a dc-SQUID Array Transmission Line
Quantum analysis of a nonlinear microwave- cavity embedded dc-SQUID displacement detector
Modeling biological fluorescence emission spectra using Lorentz line shapes and nonlinear optimization

Patents

Local Optimization of Quantum Circuits
Visualizing arbitrary pulse shapes and schedules in quantum computing applications
  • P. D. Nation, Naoki Kanazawa, Thomas Arab Alexander

  • US10790912B2 (2020).

Computational Programs

2020-Present - Kaleidoscope
2018-Present - Qiskit
  • Open-source framework for leveraging noisy quantum computers in research, education, and business. Focus on user-facing functionality, visualizations, and performant numerical methods.

  • Qiskit.org

2010-2017 - QuTiP: Quantum Toolbox in Python
  • Open-source framework for solving the dynamics of open quantum systems. Includes Monte-Carlo and master equation algorithms, supporting arbitrary time-dependent Hamiltonians and Louvillians. Supports multiprocessing and Cython based just-in-time (JIT) programming for compiled execution of time-dependent Hamiltonians. In collaboration with Dr. Robert J. Johansson.

  • QuTiP.org

2014-2015 - SciPy
  • Author of Reverse Cuthill-McKee, Maximum Bipartite Matching, and Structural Rank sparse matrix algorithms in the scipy.sparse.csgraph module.

  • scipy.org

Conferences

  • 2014 - co-Chair, Relativistic Quantum Information North, Seoul, South Korea

Invited conferences / workshops

  • November 2019 - Progress Toward Quantum Advantage at IBM, IEEE, Westminster CO, USA.

  • June 2019 - Quantum Computing at IBM, Federated Computing Research Conference, Phoenix AZ USA.

  • April 2019 - Compiling Quantum Circuits for NISQ Processors, Korea Institute for Advanced Study, Seoul Korea.

  • June 2018 - Quantum Compunting @ IBM, International Super Computing (ISC) 2018, Frankfurt Germany.

  • July 2014 - Quantum Vacuum Amplification, ”Open KIAS” School on Quantum Information Science, Seoul Korea.

  • June 2014 - Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics: Quantum Optics on a Chip, 3rd School of Mesoscopic Physics, Buyeo Korea.

  • August 2013 - Nonclassical Mechanical States in an Optomechanical Micromaser Analogue, Nonlinear Dynamics at the Nanoscale, Pohang Korea.

  • November 2012 - The Superconducting Circuit Warm Up for Fundamental Physics, 25th Workshop on Nanoscale and Mesoscopic Systems, Pohang Korea.

  • February 2012 - Photon Production from the Quantum Vacuum, 6th Winter School on Quantum Information Science, Huisun Taiwan.

  • September 2010 - Hawking Radiation as a 1D Quantum Channel, Quantum Science of Strongly Correlated Systems (QS2C) Theory Forum, RIKEN, Wako-shi Japan.

Teaching Experience

2012-2015 - Lecturer, Department of Physics, Korea University
  • 2014-2015: PHYS-461: Computational Physics

  • 2013-2014: PHYS-506: Graduate Quantum Mechanics II

  • 2013-2015: PHYS-505: Graduate Quantum Mechanics

  • 2013: PHYS-721: Special Topics in Solid State Physics

  • 2013: PHYS-183: Physics for Life Scientists

  • 2012-2014: PHYS-152: Introductory Physics II