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Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2012-2015
Name: Hugh Churchill
Title(s): Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2012-2015
Phone: (617) 253-4863
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Area of Physics:
Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Hugh Churchill is interested in the fabrication and measurement of nanoscale electronic devices that can be made small enough to manifest quantum properties at low temperatures. During his Ph.D., he pursued one application of these devices in which electron spins function as bits for quantum information processing. Adding superconducting elements to these devices enables sensitive, high-frequency measurements of their properties, and he is interested in studying how the interplay between superconductivity and semiconductor spin physics fundamentally changes the behavior of these devices.
Hugh Churchill completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University with Prof. Charles Marcus in 2012. He worked to develop carbon nanotube and Ge/Si nanowire quantum dot devices for use as quantum bits, with a particular emphasis on schemes for charge detection in those systems. He received undergraduate degrees in physics, mathematics, and tuba performance in 2006 from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, where he studied hydrogen trapped in solid C60 with Prof. Stephen FitzGerald. Hugh is originally from Conway, Arkansas.
- H. O. H. Churchill, F. Kuemmeth, J. W. Harlow, A. J. Bestwick, E. I. Rashba, K. Flensberg, C. H. Stwertka, T. Taychatanapat, S. K. Watson, C. M. Marcus, “Relaxation and Dephasing in a Two-electron 13C Nanotube Double Quantum Dot,” Physical Review Letters 102, 166802 (2009).
- H. O. H. Churchill, A. J. Bestwick, J. W. Harlow, F. Kuemmeth, D. Marcos, C. H. Stwertka, S. K. Watson, C. M. Marcus, “Electron-nuclear interaction in 13C nanotube double quantum dots,” Nature Physics 5, 321 (2009).