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Susan Clark has been a scientist at Sandia National Laboratories since 2013 where she has worked on a variety of quantum information-related projects on different platforms, including trapped ions and gate-defined quantum dots in silicon. She is currently the PI of the DOE-funded Quantum Scientific Computing Open User Testbed (QSCOUT) at Sandia, a project which aims to build, maintain, and provide access to quantum hardware based on trapped ions to scientists around the world. Prior to joining Sandia, she did her postdoctoral work at the Joint Quantum Institute at University of Maryland with Chris Monroe. There, she researched quantum networking with trapped ions via photons and robust two-qubit gates via phonons. Prior to her postdoctoral work, she graduated with a PhD and Masters in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 2010. At Stanford, under the direction of Professor Yoshi Yamamoto, she studied and characterized a variety of optical solid-state qubits including electron spins of silicon donors in bulk GaAs and single fluorine donors in ZnSe.
Research focuses on experimental study of hybrid quantum systems involving magnon spintronics, integrated photonics, and nanomechanics, aiming at developing high-fidelity quantum transducers for distributed quantum networks. Such interdisciplinary research not only studies the quantum coherent phenomena of individual quantum information carriers but also seeks enhancement of their coherent interactions. Research interests also include developing integrated photonic sensors for biochemical sensing with high sensitivity and specificity, as well as wireless sensor networks in extreme conditions such as in subterranean environments.
Energy research represents a major focus for BNL over the next decade. We are using a multifaceted approach driven by the unique state-of-the art laboratory facilities and the inter-disciplinary expertise of our scientific staff to solve fundamental questions regarding U.S. energy independence and to translate discoveries into deployable technologies. The laboratory has identified several energy focus areas – including biofuels, complex materials, catalysis, and solar energy.
BNL's one-of-kind user facilities include the National Synchrotron Light Source II NSLS-II, which produces extremely bright beams of x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared light for scientists exploring materials—including superconductors, catalysts, geological samples, and proteins—to accelerate advances in energy, environmental science, and medicine. Scientists at our Center for Functional Nanomaterials create materials and explore their unique structure and properties at the nanoscale, with a focus on more efficient solar and energy storage materials. And at BNL's Northeast Solar Energy Research Center, where researchers from labs, academia, and industry study test new solar technologies, working to make solar "power plants" more efficient and economical
In addition to fundamental research, the laboratory actively collaborates with industry and other academic institutions to bring the benefits of scientific discoveries to the marketplace. Brookhaven's Office of Strategic Partnerships integrates Brookhaven Lab's industry engagement, technology licensing, and economic development functions to expand the impact of collaborative research and technology commercialization. Strategic Partnerships supports the Laboratory's science mission through identifying, pursuing and managing partnerships with a broad set of private-sector companies, federal agencies, and non-federal entities. For information on licensing and industry.
- Basic science: seeks to understand how nature works. This research includes experimental and theoretical work in materials science, physics, chemistry, biology, high-energy physics, and mathematics and computer science, including high performance computing.
- Applied science and engineering helps to find practical solutions to society’s problems. These programs focus primarily on energy resources, environmental management and national security.
Title: Physicist, Collider-Accelerator Department Control Systems Head
Expertise: Particle Accelerator Physics and Technology, Computational Accelerator Physics, Particle Accelerator Control Systems, Data Science and Machine Learning in Accelerator Science, Quantum Information Science (QIS), Storage Rings for Quantum Computing
As an accelerator physicist in the Collider-Accelerator Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Kevin has spent over 35 years working in accelerator physics where he has gained expertise and experience in accelerator design, particle beam simulations, processing and analysis of data, particle accelerator-based data science and machine learning, as well as ion trap dynamics, crystalline beams for quantum information sciences (QIS), and ion trap-based quantum computing.
Kevin has broad experience, as a designer of the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory, a member of the RHIC design and commissioning team, and most recently as a member of the electron ion collider (EIC) project at BNL. His work extends internationally, with collaborations with researchers at CERN, Fermilab, J-PARC & KEK in Japan, as well as domestically with Stony Brook University, the University of New Mexico, and Cornell University.
Kevin and Dr. Thomas Roser are the inventors of the storage ring quantum computer, a new kind of quantum information system that utilizes a circular radio-frequency quadrupole to create an unbounded ion trap. Kevin is the principle investigator for the Storage Ring Quantum Computer project, which offers a pathway to large scale QIS.
Kevin is an author on over thirty peer reviewed publications, co-author on a book chapter in “Challenges and Goals for Accelerators in the XXI Century” (2016), and an author on over 150 conference publications. Kevin has mentored many students in his career, including three Ph.D. students from Stony Brook University.
Shanalyn A. Kemme, PhD, is the manager of the Atomic Optical Sensing and Electrochemical Engineering organization at Sandia National Laboratories. She is the Program Manager of the Strategic Inertial Guidance with Matterwaves (SIGMA) Grand Challenge, a large effort to produce a low-SWaP, strategic-grade, light-pulse atomic interferometer that operates in high-dynamic range environments. Previously, she was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff where she realized micro-optics and diffractive optics. Her development of a free-space optical transponder led to a prestigious R&D 100 Award. She played a leading role in design and fabrication of several diffractive optics awarded citations for meritorious achievement including the AQUARIUS Quantum Grand Challenge, a diffractive optical flight component, as well as μChemLab™ lab-on-a-chip system. Dr. Kemme co-authored the chapter “Diffractive Optical Elements” in the Optical Engineer’s Desk Reference (Optical Society of America, 2002), and is editor/author of the book “Microoptics and Nanooptics Fabrication,” published by Taylor and Francis on 2010. Shanalyn was hired into Sandia over 20 years ago after completing a physics/math undergraduate at Kansas State University and a PhD in optical sciences from the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona. She has authored over 80 publications and holds 5 patents.
Dr. Daniel Stick is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Labs. His research focuses on developing innovative technologies around atomic and quantum systems, including micro-fabricated surface ion traps for quantum information applications. This work includes the design and fabrication of the traps, as well as experiments with storing, transporting, and performing quantum gates on ions. Dr. Stick received his BS from Caltech and his PhD from the University of Michigan. He was the recipient of a 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research in trapped ion quantum computing.