Professor Murch’s research focuses on the interface of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) and condensed matter physics. Using nano-fabrication techniques to construct superconducting quantum circuits allows his group to probe fundamental questions in quantum mechanics.
Superconducting qubits are a promising system for the realization of quantum schemes for computation, simulation, and data encryption. While the fabrication of these systems allows for exquisite control over the properties of the quantum systems, their complex material nature results in coupling to uncontrolled degrees of freedom in the surrounding environment, eventually leading to decoherence of some states of these systems. His research group focuses on engineering the quantum system-environment interaction to preserve coherence, to prepare complex many body states, and to create interfaces with atomic systems such as cold neutral atoms, trapped ions, and solid state spins such as nitrogen vacancy centers in diamond.
Kater Murch received his BA in physics from Reed College in 2002, and conducted graduate research at the University California, Berkeley in the group of Dan Stamper-Kurn where his research focused on Bose-Einstein condensates, cavity quantum electrodynamics, and quantum measurements. Murch conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, in the group of Irfan Siddiqi. Kater Murch joined the faculty at Washington University in 2014.