Aaron D. O'Connell is the first person to experimentally induce and measure quantum effects in the motion of a humanmade object, bridging the quantum and classical worlds. Specifically, he created the world's first "quantum machine" by combining a mechanical resonator with a superconducting qubit, a device used for quantum computation. His "quantum machine" is the first visible object that moves quantum mechanically, and it was named the "Breakthrough of the Year" of 2010 by the journal Science.
Areas of Expertise
Physics, Experimental quantum computation, Resonators, Microfabrication, High-tech system design and assembly, Nanomechanics, Superconductivity, Microwave electronics, Cryogenic technology
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