Principal Investigator

Dr. K. Rajibul Islam ORCID iD icon

Associate Professor, Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo

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Affiliate, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Co-founder, Open Quantum Design

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Dr. Islam is actively involved with several science outreach efforts. His activities at IQC include developing demonstration experiments (such as a ‘dust ion trap’) and conducting lab visits especially for young students. He is a co-founder of , a leading online science outreach platform in the Bengali (বাংলা) language. Bigyan (বিজ্ঞান, means science in Bengali) initiatives have been highlighted in Indian national media (such as NDTV and IndiaBioscience ).


[2021] Programmable Quantum Simulations of Spin Systems with Trapped Ions

C. Monroe, W. C. Campbell, L. M. Duan, Z. X. Gong, A. V. Gorshkov, P. Hess, R. Islam, K. Kim, G. Pagano, P. Richerme, C. Senko, N. Y. Yao.
Reviews of Modern Physics 93, 2 (2021)         arXiv:1912.07845

[2018] Single-Atom Heat Machines Enabled by Energy Quantization

D. Gelbwaser-Klimovsky, A. Bylinskii, D. Gangloff, R. Islam, A. Aspuru-Guzik, V. Vuletic.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 170601 (2018)         arXiv:1705.11180

[2017] Multislip Friction with a Single Ion

I. Counts, D. Gangloff, A. Bylinskii, J. Hur, R. Islam, V. Vuletić.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 043601 (2017)         arXiv:1705.00716

[2016] Ultra-precise holographic beam shaping for microscopic quantum control

P. Zupancic, P. M. Preiss, R. Ma, A. Lukin, M. Eric Tai, M. Rispoli, R. Islam, M. Greiner.
Opt. Express 24, 13881 (2016)         arXiv:1604.07653

[2015] Measuring entanglement entropy in a quantum many-body system

R. Islam, R. Ma, P. M. Preiss, M. Eric Tai, A. Lukin, M. Rispoli, M. Greiner.
Nature 528, 77-83 (2015)         arXiv:1509.01160

[2015] Strongly correlated quantum walks in optical lattices

P. M. Preiss, R. Ma, M. E. Tai, A. Lukin, M. Rispoli, P. Zupancic, Y. Lahini, R. Islam, M. Greiner.
Science 347, 1229-1233 (2015)         arXiv:1409.3100

[2014] Beat note stabilization of mode-locked lasers for quantum information processing

R. Islam, W. C. Campbell, T. Choi, S. M. Clark, C. W. S. Conover, S. Debnath, E. E. Edwards, B. Fields, D. Hayes, D. Hucul, I. V. Inlek, K. G. Johnson, S. Korenblit, A. Lee, K. W. Lee, T. A. Manning, D. N. Matsukevich, J. Mizrahi, Q. Quraishi, C. Senko, J. Smith, C. Monroe.
Opt. Lett. 39, 3238 (2014)         arXiv:1312.6846

[2013] Quantum Catalysis of Magnetic Phase Transitions in a Quantum Simulator

P. Richerme, C. Senko, S. Korenblit, J. Smith, A. Lee, R. Islam, W. C. Campbell, C. Monroe.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 100506 (2013)         arXiv:1303.6983

[2013] Emergence and Frustration of Magnetism with Variable-Range Interactions in a Quantum Simulator

R. Islam, C. Senko, W. C. Campbell, S. Korenblit, J. Smith, A. Lee, E. E. Edwards, C. C. J. Wang, J. K. Freericks, C. Monroe.
Science 340, 583-587 (2013)         arXiv:1210.0142

[2012] Quantum simulation of spin models on an arbitrary lattice with trapped ions

S Korenblit, D Kafri, W C Campbell, R Islam, E E Edwards, Z-X Gong, G-D Lin, L-M Duan, J Kim, K Kim, C. Monroe.
New Journal of Physics 14, 095024 (2012)         arXiv:1201.0776

[2011] Onset of a quantum phase transition with a trapped ion quantum simulator

R. Islam, E. Edwards, K. Kim, S. Korenblit, C. Noh, H. Carmichael, G. Lin, L. Duan, C. Joseph Wang, J. Freericks, C. Monroe.
Nat Commun 2, 377 (2011)         arXiv:1103.2400

[2010] Quantum simulation and phase diagram of the transverse-field Ising model with three atomic spins

E. E. Edwards, S. Korenblit, K. Kim, R. Islam, M. Chang, J. K. Freericks, G. Lin, L. Duan, C. Monroe.
Physical Review B 82, 6 (060412) (2010)         arXiv:1005.4160

[2010] Quantum simulation of frustrated Ising spins with trapped ions

K. Kim, M. Chang, S. Korenblit, R. Islam, E. E. Edwards, J. K. Freericks, G. Lin, L. Duan, C. Monroe.
Nature 465, 590-593 (2010)         arXiv:1912.07845

[2009] Large-scale quantum computation in an anharmonic linear ion trap

G. Lin, S. Zhu, R. Islam, K. Kim, M. Chang, S. Korenblit, C. Monroe, L. Duan.
Europhys. Lett. 86, 60004 (2009)         arXiv:0901.0579