Abhinav Kandala  Abhinav Kandala photo         

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Research Staff Member, Experimental Quantum Computing
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


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Professional Associations:  American Physical Society (APS)

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More information:  Google Scholar  |  LinkedIn  |  MIT Tech Review 35 under 35  |  EmTech 2019


Dr. Abhinav Kandala is an experimental physicist in the quantum computing group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where his research has focused on the coherence and control of superconducting qubits, multi-qubit device characterization, and applications of near-term quantum computers. Abhinav received his Bachelors degree in Engineering Physics from the Indian institute of Technology (Bombay), and a PhD in Physics from The Pennsylvania State University, under the supervision of Prof. Nitin Samarth. His graduate research was focused on a class of materials known as topological insulators, studying their interplay with magnetism to engineer and detect dissipation-less electrical transport in these material systems. After receiving his PhD, Abhinav joined the quantum computing group at IBM Research initially as a post-doc. Here, his experiments [1,2] studying the applicability of noisy quantum computers led to his recognition as one of 35 innovators under 35 by MIT Tech Review in 2019. His work was also recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018, and by C&E News’ Research of the Year 2017. 

Selected publications (see full list here):

1. A. Kandala, K. Temme, A. D. Corcoles, A. Mezzacapo, J. M Chow, and J. M. Gambetta, “Error Mitigation Extends the Computational Reach of a Noisy Quantum Processor”, Nature 567, 491 (2019).

2. A. Kandala*, A. Mezzacapo*, K. Temme, M. Takita, J. M. Chow, and J. M. Gambetta, “Hardware-efficient Variational Quantum Eignesolver for Small Molecules and Quantum Magnets”, Nature 549, 242 (2017).

3. A. Kandala, A. Richardella, S. Kempinger, C. X. Liu and N. Samarth, “Giant Anisotropic Magneto-resistance in a Quantum Anomalous Hall Insulator ”, Nature Communications 6, 7434 (2015).

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