Events News

QSEC Quantum Computing Seminar Series: 09/29/2020

12 pm, September 29, 2020
Speaker: Ian Morris, GMU Department of Physics and Astronomy

Topic: Quantum Computing with Qiskit

Location: Zoom

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[MQA Seminar] Quantum Basics for the Curious: A Fireside Chat with Nobel Laureate Dr. Bill Phillips

2 pm, September 22, 2020
Invited Speaker:
Dr. Bill Phillips, Nobel Laureate,University of Maryland
Laurie Locascio, VP for Research; University of Maryland

Topic: Quantum Basics for the Curious: A Fireside Chat with Nobel Laureate Dr. Bill Phillips


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QSEC Quantum Computing Seminar Series: 09/15/2020

12 pm, September 15, 2020
Invited Speaker: Andrew Glaudell, Booz Allen Hamilton & GMU Mathematical Sciences Department

Topic: Optimal Two-Qubit Circuits for Universal Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computation

Location: Zoom

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QSEC Quantum Computing Seminar Series: 08/25/2020

12 pm, August 25, 2020
Invited Speaker: Anton Lukyanenko, GMU Mathematical Sciences Department

Topic: Quantum Algorithms for Optimal Path Finding

Location: Zoom


Relaunch of the Quantum Science and Engineering Center


Mason’s Quantum Material Center (QMC), one of the four Transdisciplinary Centers for Advanced Study supported by the Provost Office of Research, is now officially Quantum Science and Engineering Center (QSEC).

QSEC was established in February 2018 and has grown beyond its roots as a materials science organization to a community of Mason scientists and engineers interested in advancing quantum technology. Our members focus on creating quantum algorithms for quantum computing, constructing ultra-sensitive quantum sensors, designing and discovering quantum materials for new computing technologies, and building training programs to prepare Mason students for a technological workforce that will increasingly require a knowledge of quantum science and engineering.

QSEC will continue supporting the exploration of these high-risk high-reward ideas by fostering a collaborative, interdisciplinary, community-focused environment at Mason where some of the most challenging problems in quantum can be freely explored in new ways through convergent research. This provides a unique environment and access for graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to make transformative contributions to quantum technology. Seeking to accelerate the second quantum revolution by combining the efforts of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, and engineers, QSEC pursues these goals in collaboration with industrial partners, government organizations, and national consortia.

For more information, please explore our website to learn more about our efforts in quantum research and education.


Job openings: part time Communication Specialist (work-study)

Fairfax, VA, 3/4/2020.

QMC is looking for an energetic Communication Specialist to join our team!

This is a part-time, 8-16 hr/wk position. As a Communication Specialist of the QMC, you will be responsible for:
  • Making arrangement of, coordinating, and attending regular QMC events;
  • Creating and reviewing news reports for the events of the Center;
  • Maintaining a regular update of QMC website and social media with news posts, event calendar, updated information, etc.
  • Providing administrative support for the research and education operational processes;
  • Other duties as assigned.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge and ability to work with technical systems such as WordPress, MS Office or equivalence;
  • Strong oral/written communication and interpersonal skills;
  • A strong work ethic and a positive, friendly attitude;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
  • Be process- and detail-oriented.
To be considered for this position, please submit a copy of your resume and work sample through Handshake. Interviews will be on a rolling bases until the position is filled.
Events News

2020 Mason March Meeting Scientific Program

10:00 am, March 5, 2020
Mason March Meeting Scientific Program

Exploratory Hall room 3301


New publication on Valleytronics

Fairfax, VA, 2/1/2020.

QMC member Dr. Patrick Vora and student Sean Oliver have recently published their work of Valleytronics in 2D Phase Change Materials, Valley phenomena in the candidate phase change material WSe2(1-x)Te2x, doi:10.1038/s42005-019-0277-7, on Communications Physics.

Valleytronics and neuromorphic computing are under heavy investigation as next-generation information processing technologies. In valleytronics information is stored and manipulated by moving carriers between energy band extrema (i.e., valleys) in momentum-space. Achieving this requires a material where carriers can be selectively populated in individual valleys and manipulated on demand.  In this work, the team explored the possibility of achieving a single material, e.g. 2D transition metal dichalcogenide alloys, where both valleytronic and neuromorphic functionality can be combined. Their result shows that both valley polarization and valley coherence remain large in their alloy, which also appear to host valley-polarized excitons that are more resistant to phonon-induced depolarization mechanisms. This implies that at elevated temperatures alloys may outperform pure WSe2 in valleytronic applications.

According to Dr. Vora, these results are the first systematic examination of valley properties in 2D phase change materials and point to a new class of devices where valleytronics can be utilized in concert with phase change elements in hybrid next-generation computing architectures.

For more information please see the recent publication in Communications Physics or visit the Vora Lab.


QMC Seminar Series #3 – Special Event

11:45 am, December 12, 2019
Invited Speaker: Minsu Kim, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology

Topic: Polymer Engineering for Creating New Functionalities in Laser-induced Porous Graphene

Location: Johnson Center 337 (Meeting Room G)


Physics and Astronomy Colloquium – Dr. Qi-Yu Liang

3:00 pm, December 6, 2019
Invited Speaker: Dr. Qi‐Yu Liang, University of Maryland

Topic: Time‐domain order‐by‐disorder transition in a Harper‐Hofstadter system

Location: Planetary Hall 131