Jeffrey Thompson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Princeton University


2023 Experimental Physics Investigator

Jeffrey Thompson, Ph.D.

Research Description

Fault-tolerant quantum computing is of both practical and fundamental interest and could have dramatic implications for our understanding of the nature of computation. In this project, Jeffrey Thompson aims to design and construct a novel type of optical tweezer apparatus capable of continuously replacing lost ytterbium atoms from a reservoir. Reloading new atoms into tweezer sites avoids disturbing qubits by maintaining existing atoms encoded as qubits in metastable states. Using this apparatus, they will conduct a theoretical and experimental study of various architectures for neutral atom quantum computing.

Research Impact

Through systems-level exploration of novel fault-tolerant quantum computing architectures, Dr. Thompson’s work seeks to advance not only neutral atom quantum computing, but also the broader field of quantum systems engineering. Furthermore, their optical tweezer could demonstrate new concepts in optical tweezer arrays that can also be applied to quantum simulation or metrology.


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Experimental Physics Investigators Initiative Science Princeton University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Back


PhD, Harvard University
MSc, Harvard University
BS, Yale University

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