Position: Assistant Professor

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Tim Byrnes completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia in the fields of condensed matter physics and high energy physics under the supervision of Prof. Chris Hamer.  During this time he worked on applications of  DMRG (Density Matrix Renomalization Group), a powerful method for solving 1D quantum many-body problems, to lattice gauge theories.  He then moved to Tokyo, Japan to commence a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Yoshihisa Yamamoto in the field of quantum information at the National Institute of Informatics and the University of Tokyo.  There he worked on topics related to quantum simulation, such as methods of solving lattice gauge theories on a quantum computer, and semiconductor implementations of a quantum simulator.  He has worked on the theory of Bose-Einstein condensation in exciton-polariton systems, such as the BEC-BCS crossover and applications to the generation of non-classical light.   He is now Assistant Professor at New York University (Shanghai campus), where he examines Bose-Einstein condensates for various applications in quantum information technology.


  1. Tim Byrnes, Kai Wen, Yoshihisa Yamamoto, “Macroscopic quantum computation using Bose-Einstein condensates“, Phys. Rev A   85, 040306(R) (2012).

  2. Tim Byrnes, Tomoyuki Horikiri, Natsuko Ishida, Yoshihisa Yamamoto, “A BCS wavefunction approach to the BEC-BCS crossover of exciton-polariton condensates“, Phys. Rev. Lett.   105, 186402 (2010).

  3. C.W. Lai, N. Y. Kim, S. Utsunomiya, G. Roumpos, H. Deng, M. D. Fraser, T. Byrnes, P. Recher, N. Kumada, T. Fujisawa and Y. Yamamoto, “Coherent zero-state and π-state in an exciton-polariton condensate array”, Nature 450, 529 (2007).

  4. Tim Byrnes, Patrik Recher, Na Young Kim, Shoko Utsunomiya, Yoshihisa Yamamoto, “Quantum simulator for the Hubbard model with long-range Coulomb interactions using surface acoustic waves”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 016405 (2007).

  5. T. Byrnes, P. Sriganesh, R.J. Bursill, C.J. Hamer, ”Density Matrix Renormalisation Group Approach to the Massive Schwinger Model”, Phys. Rev. D 66, 013002 (2002).

  6. Ebubechukwu O. Ilo-Okeke and Tim Byrnes, “Theory of single-shot phase contrast imaging in spinor Bose-Einstein condensates“, Phys. Rev. Lett.   112, 233602 (2014).

  7. Tim Byrnes, Na Young Kim, Yoshihisa Yamamoto , “Exciton–polariton condensates“, Nature Physics  10, 803 (2014).

  8. Chandrashekar Radhakrishnan, Manikandan Parthasarathy, Segar Jambulingam, Tim Byrnes, “Distribution of Quantum Coherence in Multipartite Systems“, Phys. Rev. Lett.   116, 150504 (2016).



Jan 2015- Present || Assistant Professor, New York University Shanghai

Apr 2010- Dec 2014 || Assistant Professor, National Institute of Informatics

Nov 2006-Mar 2010 || Project researcher, University of Tokyo, Japan

Nov 2004-Oct 2006 || JSPS postdoctoral fellow/Project researcher, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan

Apr 2003-Oct 2003 || Research assistant, University of New South Wales

Apr 1999-Apr 2003 || Ph.D., University of New South Wales, Australia


Position: Professor and Hearne Chair of Theoretical Physics 

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2011–Present || Associate Member, Beijing Computational Sciences Research Center

2006–Present || Co-Director, Hearne Institute for Theoretical Physics, Louisiana State University

2004–Present || Hearne Professor of Theoretical Physics, Louisiana State University

2000–2004 || Group Supervisor, Caltech, NASA JPL, Pasadena, California

1999–2004 || Principal Scientist, Caltech, NASA JPL, Pasadena, California

1998–1999 || Research Scientist, Caltech, NASA JPL, Pasadena, California

1994–1998 || Physicist, Army Aviation & Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama


Jonathan P. Dowling is an Irish-American Co-Director of the Horace Hearne Institute for Theoretical Physics, and also a Hearne Chair in Theoretical Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, both at Louisiana State University. He is known for his work on quantum technology, particularly for exploiting quantum entanglement (in the form of a NOON state) for applications to quantum metrology, quantum sensing, and quantum imaging (particularly as the inventor of quantum lithography). He has also made contributions to quantum information theory, the field of photonic crystals, and the foundations of quantum electrodynamics. Dowling is one of the founders of the US Government program in quantum information processing.




Position: Assistant Professor of Physics

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July 2014-Present || Rice University, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

2010-2014 || JILA, NIST, University of Colorado, Boulder

2004-2010 || Laboratory of Atomic and Solid-State Physics, Cornell University

Kaden Hazzard studies the behavior of ultracold atomic systems with a mix of analytical and computational methods. He is interested in "emergent" properties of many-body systems, and spend most of his time thinking about this phenomenon in ultracold gases. The vision is that fundamental advances in controlling, measuring, and understanding these many-body quantum systems will impact our knowledge of other fields through "quantum simulation", broadly construed, and enable applications in quantum metrology, precision measurement, and quantum computation. Dr Hazzard grew up in Ohio and attended the Ohio State University for his bachelor's degree. He received his PhD from Cornell University, working with Erich Mueller in 2010. He spent 2010-14 as a postdoc at JILA working with Ana Maria Rey and collaborating with lots of other JILAns. Since July 2014, he has been an Assistant Professor in the Rice University department of physics.


1.   Quantum correlations and entanglement in far-from-equilibrium spin systems Kaden R. A. Hazzard, Mauritz van den Worm,                   Michael Foss-Feig, Salvatore R. Manmana, Emanuele G. Dalla Torre, Tilman Pfau, Michael Kastner, and Ana Maria Rey Phys. Rev. A         90, 063622 (2014)

2.   Many-body dynamics of dipolar molecules in an optical lattice Kaden R. A. Hazzard, Bryce Gadway, Michael Foss-Feig, Bo Yan,               Steven A. Moses, Jacob P. Covey, Norman Y. Yao, Mikhail D. Lukin, Jun Ye, Deborah S. Jin, and Ana Maria Rey Phys. Rev. Lett. 113,             195302 (2014)

3.   Two-particle quantum interference in tunnel-coupled optical tweezers Adam M. Kaufman, Brian J. Lester, Collin M. Reynolds,                  Michael L. Wall, Michael Foss-Feig, Kaden R. A. Hazzard, Ana Maria Rey, and Cindy A. Regal Science 345, 306 (2014)

4.   Suppressing the loss of ultracold molecules via the continuous quantum Zeno effect Bihui Zhu, Bryce Gadway, Michael Foss-Feig,          Johannes Schachenmayer, Michael Wall, Kaden R. A. Hazzard, Bo Yan, Steven A. Moses, Jacob P. Covey, Deborah S. Jin, Jun Ye,                 Murray Holland, and Ana Maria Rey Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 070404 (2014) (selected as “Editor’s Choice")

5.   Quenching to unitarity: Quantum dynamics in a 3D Bose gas Andrew G. Sykes, John P. Corson, Jose P. D’Incao, Andrew P. Koller,              Chris H. Greene, Ana Maria Rey, Kaden R. A. Hazzard, and John L. Bohn Phys. Rev. A 89, 021601(R) (2014) 


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