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Seth Lloyd

Contact Info

room 3-160

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Masachusetts 02139

Education

  • 1982

    HARVARD UNIVERSITY

    B.A.
  • 1984

    UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

    M.
  • 1988

    ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY

    Ph.D.

Research Interests

  • Quantum information
  • Control theory

Honors + Awards

  • 1994 Lindbergh fellow
  • 1996 Finmeccanica professorship
  • 2001 Edgerton prize
  • 2007 Fellow of American Physical Society
  • 2012 Quantum communication, measurement, and computation prize

Memberships

  • American Physical Society

Professional Service

  • 2005-present: Editorial board: Quantum Information Processing

MIT Service

  • 2012-present 2a Coordinator
  • 2012-present Course 2 Undergraduate Committee
  • 2004-present Institute Foreign Scholarships Committee
  • 1997-2003 Institute Faculty Work and Life Committee

Teaching

  • Quantum information and computation (2.111)
  • Information, entropy, and computation (2.110)
  • Dynamics (2.004)
  • Numerical methods (2.086)

Publications

  • Dr. Lloyd is author or co-author on over 200 scientific publications, and is the author of a popular book, `Programming the Universe,' (Knopf 2006).
  • A few of Dr. Lloyd's papers are:
  • Lloyd, S., “A Potentially Realizable Quantum Computer,” Science 261, 1569-1571, 1993.
  • Lloyd, S., “Universal Quantum Simulators,” Science 273, 1073-1078, 1996.
  • Chuang, I.L., and L.M.K. Vandersypen, X. Zhou, D.W. Leung, S. Lloyd, “Experimental Realization of a Quantum Algorithm,” Nature 393, 143-146, 1998.
  • Viola, L., and S. Lloyd “Dynamical Suppression of Decoherence in Two-State Quantum Systems,” Physical Review A 58, 2733-2744, 1998.
  • Mooij, J.E., and T.P. Orlando, L. Levitov, Lin Tian, Caspar H. van der Wal, S. Lloyd “Josephson Persistent-Current Qubit,” Science 285, 1036-1039, 1999.
  • Lloyd, S., “Coherent Quantum Feedback” Physical Review A 6202, 2108, 2000.
  • Lloyd, S., “Ultimate Physical Limits to Computation,” Nature 406, 1047-1054, 2000.
  • Lloyd, S., ‘Computational capacity of the universe,’ Physical Review Letters 88 (23): art. no. 237901, 2002.
  • Giovannetti, V., and S. Lloyd, L. Maccone, ‘Positioning and Clock Synchronization via Entanglement,’ Physical Review A, 65 (2): art. no. 022309, 2002.
  • Giovannetti, V., and S. Guha, S. Lloyd, L. Maccone, J.H. Shapiro, H.P. Yuen, ‘Classical capacity of the lossy bosonic channel: the exact solution,’ Physical Review letters 92 (2): Art. No. 027902 (2004).
  • Zanardi, P., and S. Lloyd ‘Universal control of quantum subspaces and subsystems,’ Phys. Rev. A 69(2): Art. No. 022313, 2004.
  • Giovannetti, V., S. Lloyd, L. Maccone, ‘Quantum-enhanced measurements: beating the standard quan- tum limit,’ Science 306, 1330 (2004); quant-ph/0412078.
  • Giovannetti, V., S. Lloyd, S., L. Maccone, ‘Quantum metrology,’ Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 010401 (2006). quant-ph/0509179.
  • Giovannetti, V., S. Lloyd, L. Maccone, ‘Quantum random access memory,’ Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 160501 (2008); arXiv:0708.1879.
  • S. Lloyd, ‘Enhanced photodetection via quantum illumination,’ Science 321, 1463-1465, (2008); arXiv:0803.2022.
  • M. Mohseni, P. Rebentrost, S. Lloyd, A. Aspuru-Guzik, ‘Environment-Assisted Quantum Walks in Energy Transfer of Photosynthetic Complexes,’ J. Chem. Phys. 129, 174106 (2008); arXiv:0805.2741.
  • P. Rebentrost, M. Mohseni, I. Kassal, S. Lloyd, A. Aspuru-Guzik, ‘Environment-Assisted Quantum Transport,’ New J. Phys. 11, 033003 (2009); arXiv:0807.0929.
  •  A.W. Harrow, A. Hassidim, S. Lloyd, ‘Quantum algorithm for solving linear sets of equations,’ Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 150502 (2009); arXiv:0811.3171.
  • S. Lloyd, L. Maccone, R. Garcia-Patron, V. Giovannetti, Y. Shikano, S. Pirandola, L.A. Rozema, A. Darabi, Y. Soudagar, L.K. Shalm, A.M. Steinberg, ‘Closed timelike curves via post-selection: theory and experimental demonstration,’ Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 040403 (2011). arXiv:1005.2219.
  • C. Weedbrook, S. Pirandola, R. Garcia-Patron, N.J. Cerf, T.C. Ralph, J.H. Shapiro, S. Lloyd, “Gaussian quantum information,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 84, 621 (2012); arXiv:1110.3234.
  • S. Lloyd, ‘A Turing test for free will,’ Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. A 28, 3597-3610 (2012); arXiv: 1310.3225.
  • S. Lloyd, J. Preskill, ‘Unitarity of black hole evaporation in final-state projection models,’ J. H. Th. Phys. 8, 1-30 (2014); arXiv: 1308.4209.
  • S. Lloyd, M. Mohseni, P. Rebentrost, ‘Quantum principal component analysis,’ Nature Physics 10(9), 631-633 (2014); arXiv: 1307.0401.

Patents

  • Bucket brigade address decoding architecture for classical and quantum random access memories, US patent # 7765568 (2010).
  • Method for ensuring privacy while querying a database by using quantum superposition and multiple re- sponses, US patent # 8126830 (2012).