Prize Recipient


Matthew D. Reed
HRL Laboratories


"For original contributions to research on Superconducting Qubits and for a remarkably detailed and complete description of the state-of-the-art in solid state quantum computing."


Matthew Reed was born and raised in Seattle where he graduated from Garfield High School.  He received a B.S. in Physics with High Honors from Harvey Mudd College in 2007 before crossing the country to pursue his Ph.D. at Yale University.  Joining the lab of Professor Robert Schoelkopf, Matt made substantial contributions to the emerging field of superconducting quantum computing using the cavity quantum electrodynamics (cQED) architecture.  His dissertation, “Entanglement and Quantum Error Correction with Superconducting Qubits”, reports the first demonstration of tripartite entanglement and quantum error correction in a solid state device.  It also details Matt’s discovery of a robust and high fidelity qubit readout technique which exploits the diminishing nonlinearity of the cQED hamiltonian with increasing drive power as well as his development of a new design element used to inhibit qubit spontaneous emission known as a “Purcell filter.”  In addition to the Greene Dissertation Award, Matt’s thesis was awarded the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in the field of Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering.  After graduating, Matt joined HRL Laboratories in Malibu, CA as a research scientist, conducting fundamental research on quantum information processing with silicon quantum dots.  He does not yet know how to surf.