“There are many strong experimental groups in the HKUST Physics Department who have been making many interesting discoveries in quantum materials. It would be exciting to collaborate with them to see how our perhaps abstract ideas could be realized,” said Po, who added “I would also love to learn more about QIT from Prof. Zeng. I think QIT is like the backbone of all other domains of quantum sciences. It provides the grounds which justify the development of other quantum sciences, and turning it around the other quantum sciences serves as the ports connecting QIT with the real world.”
Zeng, whose research strives to bring us closer to the goal of reliable transmission and processing of quantum information, is trying to narrow the gap between theory and reality. From the theoretical viewpoint, Zeng is seeking to construct a broad theory for building a large class of quantum error-correcting codes. From the practical viewpoint, she is focused on the design of quantum error-correcting codes with properties that are suitable for high-rate quantum information transmission through practical physical channels, and reliable quantum computation with a high noise tolerance and low resource requirement.
Apart from Zeng, scholars from a wide range of fields have been carrying out research on quantum science and technology at HKUST. The Center for Quantum Materials led by Prof. WANG Ning, Chair Professor of Physics, and Prof. Vic LAW Kam-Tuen, Dr. Tai-chin Lo Associate Professor of Science and Associate Professor of Physics, provides a platform for research groups to conduct theoretical and experimental research activities. On the other hand, the research group of Prof. Gyu-Boong JO, Associate Professor of Physics, utilizes atomic quantum simulators and explores the interface between atomic, molecular, and optical physics, as well as condensed matter and quantum information science. Jo also leads the Laboratory for Ultracold Quantum Gases at HKUST. Recently, IAS Senior Fellow Prof. DAI Xi, Chair Professor of Physics, whose research focuses on electronic structure studies of topological and strongly correlated materials, was awarded the 2019 James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials for “the theoretical prediction, design and realization of non-magnetic and magnetic topological semi-metals and new types of topological insulators.”8
The quantum age may not be around the corner, but with joint efforts from the greatest minds in different fields, our research on quantum science will pay dividends someday.