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Jason Kestner

Jason Kestner
Contact Information
Physics, Rm 316

Kestner Group


Assistant Professor


Ph.D. Physics – University of Michigan, 2009
B.S. Physics – Michigan Technological University, 2004

Previous Experience

Dr. Kestner was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Condensed Matter Theory Center at the University of Maryland, College Park (2009-2012)

Professional Interests

I am interested in developing useful physical devices that exploit the strange features of quantum mechanics. A prominent example is a quantum computer, which could solve a certain important class of problems exponentially faster than any computer based on the current classical bit model. My work is theoretical, and focuses on experimentally available systems that present distinctly quantum behavior: ultracold gases of atoms or polar molecules, and “artificial” atoms and molecules, i.e., quantum dot systems in solid state materials.

My work on semiconductor quantum dots involves designing protocols to precisely control (despite a noisy environment) the spin state of one or more electrons trapped in the dots. This is an important problem, since electron spins in quantum dots can be used as building blocks in a quantum computer, and experiments are currently limited by spin dephasing. This is a common problem in many contexts (such as nuclear magnetic resonance) but the quantum dot system imposes very strict constraints on the control capabilities, ruling out the common solutions (such as BB1). Recently, I have developed new forms of composite pulse sequences that self-correct for the types of error believed to be the most relevant experimentally.

Selected Publications

“Fast control of semiconductor qubits beyond the rotating-wave approximation,” Yang Song, J. P. Kestner, Xin Wang, S. Das Sarma, Phys. Rev. A 94, 012321 (2016).

“Directly accessible entangling gates for capacitively coupled singlet-triplet qubits,” Fernando A. Calderon-Vargas and J. P. Kestner, Phys. Rev. B 91, 035301 (2015).

“Noise-compensating pulses for electrostatically controlled silicon spin qubits,” Xin Wang, Fernando A. Calderon-Vargas, Muhed S. Rana, J. P. Kestner, Edwin Barnes, and S. Das Sarma, Phys. Rev. B 90, 155306 (2014).

“Noise-resistant control for a spin qubit array,” J. P. Kestner, Xin Wang, Lev S. Bishop, Edwin Barnes, and S. Das Sarma, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 140502 (2013).

“Effective single-band models for strongly interacting fermions in an optical lattice,” J. P. Kestner and L.-M. Duan, Phys. Rev. A 81, 043618 (2010).

“Level crossing in the three-body problem for strongly interacting fermions in a harmonic trap,” J. P. Kestner and L.-M. Duan, Phys. Rev. A 76, 033611 (2007).