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Quantum Matter & Quantum Information

Key Scientists

Quantum Matter & Quantum Information

Harry Buhrman

Prof. dr. Harry Buhrman

Professor of Algorithms and Complexity Theory in particular physical computation systems; Institute for Logic, Language and Computation and CWI 

Buhrman's research focuses on quantum computing, algorithms, complexity theory, and computational biology. In 2003 he obtained a prestigious Vici-award and was coordinator of several national and international projects. The unifying theme through the work of Buhrman is the development of new algorithms and protocols, as well as establishing their optimality. He developed the area of quantum communication complexity and demonstrated for the first time that with quantum entanglement certain communication tasks can be solved more efficiently. He also co-developed a general method to establish the limitations of quantum computers. 

M.S. Golden

Prof. dr. Mark Golden

Professor of Condensed Matter Physics; Quantum Electron Matter group, Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute, Institute of Physics

Golden’s research centres on the investigation of the emergent properties of quantum materials. Topological insulators, complex oxides, unconventional superconductors and low dimensional systems are synthesised and investigated using electron & X-ray spectroscopies and scanning tunnelling techniques. Within QM&QI, the main focus lies on the development of truly bulk-insulating topological systems as a promising materials platform for fault tolerant quantum computation approaches.


Eric Opdam

Prof. dr. Eric Opdam

Professor of Mathematics and Algebra; Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics group, Korteweg-de Vries Institute

Opdam is a mathematician working on the theory of Lie groups. In mathematical physics this has many applications via quantum integrable models and gauge theory, which has led to important new mathematical notions such as quantum groups, quantum topology, and quantum knot invariants. The theory of Lie groups is also highly relevant for complexity theory (geometric complexity theory).


Florian Schreck. Copyright Markus Knabl/IQOQI

Prof. dr. Florian Schreck

Professor of Experimental Quantum Physics; Quantum Gases & Quantum Information group, Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute, Institute of Physics

Schreck’s research group is exploring quantum physics using ultracold gases. In 2009 he created the first Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) of the alkaline-earth element strontium (Sr) in the world. He recently reached the long-standing goal in the field of creating a BEC using laser cooling as the only cooling method. Currently he and his team are studying Rb-Sr quantum gas mixtures with the goal of creating a quantum gas of RbSr molecules, allowing for the study of quantum many-body physics with unprecedented control.


Prof Kareljan Schoutens, Faculty of Science

Prof. dr. Kareljan Schoutens

Professor of Theoretical Physics; Quantum Matter and Complex Systems group, Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam, Institute of Physics

Schoutens maintains a broad research profile in theoretical physics with a focus on methods such as quantum field theory and their applications to quantum condensed matter systems. Aided by a NWO PIONIER grant, he pioneered applications of topology, supersymmetry and entanglement measures in quantum many-body theory. With 

E. Ardonne he proposed particular quantum states for electrons in 2-dimensional systems. These so-called NASS states have just the right properties to act as quantum registers and thus provide an example of hardware for topological quantum computation.

Schoutens is dedicated to explaining quantum theory to broad audiences, and he initiated the course 'Quantumlessen’ with the IIS.