Dr. Edward Laird

Contact

Mail

Department of Materials, University of Oxford, 16 Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3JP

E-mail

edward.laird@materials.ox.ac.uk

Website

http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/peoplepages/laird.html

Employment

Apr. 2013-present

Senior Fellow, Department of Materials, University of Oxford

Oct. 2009-Mar. 2013

Postdoctoral Researcher, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands

Aug. 2002-Sep. 2009

Research Assistant, Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA

June-Sep. 2001

Summer Student, DESY, Hamburg, Germany

June-Sep. 2000

Summer Student, UKAEA Fusion, Culham, UK

Education

2009

PhD in Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA

Advisor: Prof. Charles M. Marcus

Thesis: ‘Electrical control of quantum dot spin qubits’

2005

MA in Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA

1998-2002

MPhys in Physics, St John’s College, Oxford, UK

Result: First Class Honours (5th of 160 in my year)

Teaching and supervision

Oct. 2013-present

Supervisor of 6 DPhil students

Summer 2013- present

Supervisor of 6 undergraduate summer students from Oxford University, Tsinghua University (China) and Colby College (US)

Oct. 2015-present

Undergraduate physics tutor, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University

Sept. 2010-Aug. 2011

Summer Student, DESY, Hamburg, Germany

Aug. 2006- Jan. 2007

Teaching Assistant for course “Introduction to Laboratory Research”

Department of Physics, Harvard University

Awards

2013-2016

Non-stipendiary Fellow, St Anne’s College Oxford

2009

Royal Commission of 1851 postdoctoral fellowship (declined)

2009

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (declined)

2006

Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the AAAS

2002

Purcell Graduate Fellowship, Harvard University

1999-2002

Casberd Scholarship, St John’s College, Oxford

Other professional activities

2016-17

Organizer, UK Quantum Dot Meeting 2017

2016

Internal DPhil examiner, Department of Physics, Oxford University

2016-present

Founder and CTO, Alice Innovation, Ltd

2016-present

Consultant, Oxford University Consulting

2015

External PhD examiner, Delft University of Technology

2011-present

Reviewer for Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Nano Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Physical Review Applied, Physical Review B, Physica E.

Grants

2016-17

A miniaturised atomic clock based on endohedral fullerenes

EPSRC institutional sposorship, £39,674 as co-I

2016-18

Bench-top experimental test of gravitation as an observer of quantum states

FQXi, $114,858 as co-I

2016-19

An extensible simulation and test platform for quantum and quantum enabled technologies

EPSRC, £1,445,889 as co-I

2016-17

Electronics for nanodevices

EPSRC-IAA, £98,032 as PI

2014-15

Fast, sensitive electrometry using quantum devices in optimized circuits

EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship, £9990 as PI

2014-18

Fast, precise electric field sensing using quantum single-electron devices

DSTL PhD studentship, £335,121 as co-I

2014-18

An atomic clock based on endohedral fullerenes

DSTL PhD studentship, £202,579 as co-I

2013-16

Experimental tests of quantum reality

Templeton World Charity Foundation, £1.8M as co-I

2013-17

Marie Curie Career Integration Grant

€100,000 as PI

2013

Electrical readout and control system for carbon-based spin qubits

EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship, £30,000 as PI

2013-18

RAEng postdoctoral fellowship

Royal Academy of Engineering, £543,593 as PI

Presentations

Invited external seminars and colloquia

·        Spin, valley, and motion in carbon nanotubes

Invited seminar, Basel University (7 Nov 2016, invited by Prof. C. Schoenenberger)

·        Carbon nanotube qubits and optomechanics

Invited colloquium, Strathclyde University (28 Oct 2015, invited by Prof. R Martin)

·        Carbon nanotube qubits and optomechanics

Invited seminar, Heriot Watt University (26 Oct 2015, invited by Prof. E Gauger)

·        Spin qubits and nanomechanics in carbon nanotubes

Atomic, Mesoscopic and Optical Physics Seminar, University of Stuttgart, Germany (7 Nov. 2014, invited by Dr. L. Bogani)

·        Spin qubits and nanomechanics in carbon nanotubes

Atomic, Mesoscopic and Optical Physics Seminar, University of Cambridge, UK (Nov 2013, invited by Dr. M. Atatüre)

·        Spin qubits and nanomechanics in carbon nanotubes

Condensed Matter Seminar, Lancaster University, UK (June 2013, invited by Dr. R. Young)

·        A valley-spin qubit in a carbon nanotube

Special seminar, RWTH Aachen (May 2013, invited by Prof. C. Stampfer)

·        Gigahertz nanomechanics and a valley-spin qubit in carbon nanotubes

Invited Seminar, Eötvos University, Budapest, Hungary (Nov 2012, invited by A. Palyi)

·        A valley-spin qubit in a carbon nanotube

Seminar, Department of Materials, University of Oxford, UK (May 2012, invited by Prof. G.A.D. Briggs.)

·        Controlling spin qubits electrically

Materials Colloquium, University of Oxford, UK (Oct 2010, invited by Prof. G.A.D. Briggs.)

·        Electrical control of spin qubits in quantum dots

Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Technical University of Delft, Netherlands (May 2009, invited by Prof. L.P. Kouwenhoven.)

·        Single-electron spin resonance without a time-varying magnetic field

Department of Materials, University of Oxford, UK (May 2009, invited by Prof. G.A.D. Briggs.)

·        Spin qubits in electrically defined quantum dots

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Group Seminar, University of Cambridge, UK (May 2009, invited by Dr. M. Atatüre.)

Invited conference and school presentations

·        Resonant optomechanics with a vibrating carbon nanotube and a radio-frequency cavity

Nanomechanics at Low Temperature: from classical to quantum conference, Nottingham, UK (11 April 2017, invited by Prof. A. Armour)

·        Towards microwave-to-optical conversion in molecular ensembles

Networks: From Classical to Quantum conference, Obergurgl, Austria (April 2017, invited by Prof. J. Schmiedmayer)

·        Electrical Readout for Quantum Devices

CDT Quantum Technologies Spring School, Windsor (17 Feb 2016, invited by Prof. J. Morton)

·        Nanomechanical resonators built from carbon nanotubes

Experimental Tests of Quantum Reality conference, Oxford (Oc5 2015, invited by Prof. G.A.D. Briggs)

·        A spin-valley qubit in a carbon nanotube

IWEPMN Kirchberg, Austria (14 Mar 2014, invited by Prof. Stephanie Reich)

·        A spin-valley qubit in a carbon nanotube

Oxford Quantum Science and Technology conference (Oct 2013, invited by Dr. P. Leek)

·        A valley-spin qubit in a carbon nanotube

Spins in Saclay Meeting (May 2013, invited by Dr. D. Esteve)

·        A valley-spin qubit in a carbon nanotube

S3NANO Winter School (Feb 2013, invited by Prof. Alexander Tartakovskii)

·        A valley-spin qubit in a carbon nanotube

Invited talk, Physique Quantique Mésoscopique, Aussois, France (Oct 2012, invited by Prof. Hervé Courtois)

Contributed conference presentations

·         A few-electron triple quantum dot incorporating two fast charge sensors

Contributed Presentation, APS March Meeting (2009), Pittsburgh, USA

·         Hyperfine-mediated gate-driven electron spin resonance

Contributed Presentation, APS March Meeting (2008), New Orleans, USA

·         Effect of exchange interaction on spin dephasing in a double quantum dot

Contributed Presentation, APS March Meeting (2006), Baltimore, USA

Other invited talks

·        A valley-spin qubit in a carbon nanotube

Oxford Instruments Quantum Computing Webinar (19 Nov 2015, invited by Dr. David Haynes)

·        Taming Schrödinger’s cat in a nanotube cage

Subject Family Talk, St. Anne’s College, Oxford (26 Nov 2014, invited by Dr. P. Judge)

·        Quantum electronics using carbon nanotubes

Presentation to Oxford Materials Undergraduate Society (Oct 2013)

 

Publications

(see also Google Scholar)

 

21

Hyperfine and spin-orbit coupling effects on decay of spin-valley states in a carbon nanotube
T. Pei, A. Pályi, M. Mergenthaler, N. Ares, A. Mavalankar, J. H. Warner, G. A. D. Briggs, E. A. Laird 
arXiv:1607.01695 (2016)

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20

Resonant optomechanics with a vibrating carbon nanotube and a radio-frequency cavity
Natalia Ares, Tian Pei, Aquila Mavalankar, Matthias Mergenthaler, Jamie H. Warner, G. Andrew D. Briggs, Edward A. Laird 
Physical Review Letters 117 170801 (2016)

 

19

Photon-assisted tunneling and charge dephasing in a carbon nanotube double quantum dot
Aquila Mavalankar, Tian Pei, Erik M. Gauger, Jamie H. Warner, G. Andrew D. Briggs, Edward A. Laird 
Physical Review B 93 235428 (2016)

 

18

Sensitive radio-frequency measurements of a quantum dot by tuning to perfect impedance matching
N. Ares, F.J. Schupp, A. Mavalankar, G. Rogers, J. Griffiths, G.A.C. Jones, I. Farrer, D.A. Ritchie, C.G. Smith, A. Cottet, G.A.D. Briggs, E.A. Laird
Physical Review Applied 5 034011 (2016)

 

17

Quantum transport in carbon nanotubes
Edward A. Laird, Ferdinand Kuemmeth, Gary Steele, Kasper Grove-Rasmussen, Jesper Nygård, Karsten Flensberg, and Leo P. Kouwenhoven
Reviews of Modern Physics 87 703 (2015)

 

16

A wide-band tunable phase shifter for radio-frequency reflectometry
G. Yin, G.A.D. Briggs, E.A. Laird
arXiv:1412.4200 (2014)

 

15

Electrically driven spin resonance in a bent disordered carbon nanotube
Ying Li, Simon C. Benjamin, G. Andrew D. Briggs, Edward A. Laird
Physical Review B 90 195440 (2014)

 

14

A valley-spin qubit in a carbon nanotube
Edward A. Laird, Fei Pei, and Leo P. Kouwenhoven
Nature Nanotechnology 8 565-568 (2013)
See FOM press release and Discovery.com article.

 

13

Large spin-orbit coupling in carbon nanotubes
G.A. Steele, F. Pei, E.A. Laird, J.M. Jol, H.B. Meerwaldt, and L.P. Kouwenhoven
Nature Communications 4 1573 (2013)

 

12

Valley-spin blockade and spin resonance in carbon nanotubes
Fei Pei, Edward A. Laird, Gary A. Steele and Leo P. Kouwenhoven
Nature Nanotechnology 7 630 (2012)
See News & Views by G. Burkard, press release by FOM, and FOM film challenge movie.

 

11

A High Quality Factor Carbon Nanotube Mechanical Resonator at 39 GHz
Edward A. Laird, Fei Pei, Wei Tang, Gary A. Steele, and Leo P. Kouwenhoven
Nano Letters 112 193 (2012

 

10

Charge-State Conditional Operation of a Spin Qubit
I. van Weperen, B. D. Armstrong, E. A. Laird, J. Medford, C. M. Marcus, M. P. Hanson, A. C. Gossard
Physical Review Letters 107 030506 (2011)

9

Coherent spin manipulation in an exchange-only qubit
E. A. Laird, J. M. Taylor, D. P. DiVincenzo, C. M. Marcus, M. P. Hanson, and A. C. Gossard
Physical Review B 82 075403 (2010)

 

8

Electrical control of quantum dot spin qubits
E. A. Laird
PhD thesis, Harvard University (2009)

7

A new mechanism of electric dipole spin resonance: hyperfine coupling in quantum dots
E.A. Laird, C. Barthel, E.I. Rashba, C.M. Marcus, M.P. Hanson, A.C. Gossard
Semiconductor Science and Technology 24 064004 (2009)

 

6

Measurement of Temporal Correlations of the Overhauser Field in a Double Quantum Dot
D.J. Reilly, J.M. Taylor, E.A.Laird, J.R.Petta, C.M. Marcus, M.P. Hanson, A.C. Gossard
Physical Review Letters 101 236803 (2008)

 

5

Hyperfine-mediated gate-driven electron spin resonance
E.A. Laird, C. Barthel, E.I. Rashba, C.M. Marcus, M.P. Hanson, A.C. Gossard
Physical Review Letters 99 246601 (2007)
See related News and Views by Y. Tokura.

 

4

Preparing, manipulating, and measuring quantum states on a chip
J.R. Petta, A.C. Johnson, J.M. Taylor, E.A. Laird, A. Yacoby, M.D. Lukin, C.M. Marcus, M.P. Hanson, A.C. Gossard
Physica E 35 251 (2006)

 

3

Effect of Exchange Interaction on Spin Dephasing in a Double Quantum Dot
E. A. Laird, J. R. Petta, A. C. Johnson, C. M. Marcus, A. Yacoby, M. P. Hanson, A. C. Gossard
Physical Review Letters 97 056801 (2006)

 

2

Coherent Manipulation of Coupled Electron Spins in Semiconductor Quantum dots
J. R. Petta, A. C. Johnson, J. M. Taylor, E. A. Laird, A. Yacoby, M. D. Lukin, C. M. Marcus, M. P. Hanson, A. C. Gossard
Science 309 2180 (2005)
See Perspective by D. DiVincenzo.

 

1

First results from MAST
A. Sykes, R.J. Akers, L.C. Appel, E.R. Arends, P.G. Carolan, N.J. Conway, G.F. Counsell, G. Cunningham, A. Dnestrovskij, Yu.N. Dnestrovskij, A.R. Field, S.J. Fielding, M.P. Gryaznevich, S. Korsholm, E. A. Laird, R. Martin, M.P.S. Nightingale, C.M. Roach, M.R. Tournianski, M.J.Walsh, C.D.Warrick, H.R. Wilson, S. You, MAST Team and NBI Team,
Nuclear Fusion 41 1423 (2001)