UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
This CAREER award supports an integrated research and education program emphasizing the theoretical study of feedback control and entanglement production with continuous quantum measurement in solid state systems. A theory will be developed that describes quantum state evolution. It applies stochastic path integrals to account for real-time feedback on the quantum system. This theory should shed new light on quantum control theory, non-unitary quantum dynamics, and the measurement problem. Theoretical proposals for experiments in fabricated quantum Hall geometries will also be developed. The work supported under this award provides a good environment to introduce graduate students to a frontier area of theoretical physics, intimately connected with parallel experimental activity.
The educational component of this CAREER award includes the development of a quantum strangeness course for local high school students that builds on the successful and long-standing Rochester Scholars programs. A series of mini-lectures and demonstrations will also be developed to get local high school students more interested in the basics of quantum physics. This program for local high-school students is offered during the school breaks and the summer, and interested undergraduate physics students will be involved in equipment set-up, assist in the demonstrations, and work individually with visiting high school students. The lecture series will educate and interest high school students in some of the most exciting and intriguing areas of quantum physics.