Professor Gerardo Ortiz is concerned with studying foundational, software, and hardware aspects of quantum information science. Simulation of physical phenomena using quantum devices is one of his areas of research. Developing new entangled quantum probes and interferometers to unveil exotic correlations in matter is another.
Professor Babak Seradjeh is interested in quantum dynamics of correlated, disordered, and/or topological states of matter and their potential applications for novel devices and quantum information processing. The systems of interest include topological insulators and superconductors, especially those driven out of equilibrium. In particular, in collaborations with theorists and experimentalists across traditional disciplinary boundaries, he studies synthetic solid-state or atomic many-body Floquet systems under periodic drives. Recent work has focused on realizations, dynamics, experimental signatures, and manipulation protocols of fractional states, e.g. Majorana fermions, as well as topological phases in irradiated graphene and driven quantum spin models.