Steven Girvin

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Sterling Professor of Physics
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Research Areas: 
Theoretical Quantum Information Science, Quantum Optics, and Condensed Matter Physics
Research Type: 
Biographical Sketch: 

     After graduating in a high school class of 5 students in the small village of Brant Lake, New York and completing his undergraduate degree in physics from Bates College, Dr. Girvin earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Princeton University in 1977. 

     Dr. Girvin joined the Yale faculty in 2001, where he is Sterling Professor of Physics and Professor of Applied Physics.  From 2007 to 2017 he served as Yale’s Deputy Provost for Research, overseeing strategic planning for research across Yale.  From 2019 to 2021, he served as founding director of the Co-Design Center for Quantum Advantage, one of five national quantum information science research centers funded by the Department of Energy.  
     Along with his experimenter colleagues Michel Devoret and Robert Schoelkopf, Professor Girvin co-developed ‘circuit QED,’ the industrial standard architecture for construction of quantum computers based on superconducting microwave circuits.  
     Dr. Girvin is a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.  In 2007, he and his collaborators, Allan H. MacDonald and James P. Eisenstein were awarded the Oliver E. Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society for their work on the fractional quantum Hall effect.  In 2017, Professor Girvin received an honorary degree from Chalmers University of Technology in recognition of his work co-developing circuit QED. In 2019, he and coauthor Kun Yang published the textbook Modern Condensed Matter Physics with Cambridge University Press.
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1977; MS, University of Maine, 1973; BS, Bates College, 1971
Selected Publications: 
1. Teoh JD, Winkel P, Babla HK, Chapman BJ, Claes J, de Graaf SJ, Garmon JWO, Kalfus WD, Lu Y, Maiti A, Sahay K, Thakur N, Tsunoda T, Xue SH, Frunzio L, Girvin SM, Puri S, Schoelkopf RJ. Dual-rail encoding with superconducting cavities. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2023 Oct 10;120(41):e2221736120. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC10576063.
2. Sivak VV, Eickbusch A, Royer B, Singh S, Tsioutsios I, Ganjam S, Miano A, Brock BL, Ding AZ, Frunzio L, Girvin SM, Schoelkopf RJ, Devoret MH. Real-time quantum error correction beyond break-even. Nature. 2023 Apr;616(7955):50-55. PubMed PMID: 36949196.
3. Lu Y, Maiti A, Garmon JWO, Ganjam S, Zhang Y, Claes J, Frunzio L, Girvin SM, Schoelkopf RJ. High-fidelity parametric beamsplitting with a parity-protected converter. Nat Commun. 2023 Sep 18;14(1):5767. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC10507116.
4. Tsunoda T, Teoh JD, Kalfus WD, de Graaf SJ, Chapman BJ, Curtis JC, Thakur N, Girvin SM, Schoelkopf RJ. Error-detectable bosonic entangling gates with a noisy ancilla. Physical Review X Quantum. 2023 June; 4:020354. Available from: DOI: 10.1103/PRXQuantum.4.020354
5. Chou KS, Shemma T, McCarrick H, Chien T, Teoh JD, Winkel P, Anderson A, Chen J, Curtis J, de Graaf SJ, Garmon JWO, Gudlewski B, Kalfus WD, Keen T, Khedkar N, Lei CU, Liu G, Lu P, Lu Y, Maiti A, Mastalli-Kelly L, Mehta N, Mundhada SO, Narla A, Noh T, Tsunoda T, Xue SH, Yuan JO, Frunzio L, Aumentado J, Puri S, Girvin SM, Moseley SHarvey, Schoelkopf RJ. Demonstrating a superconducting dual-rail cavity qubit with erasure-detected logical measurements. Nature Physics. Forthcoming. Available from: DOI: 10.48550/arXiv.2307.03169
6. Hann CT, Zou CL, Zhang Y, Chu Y, Schoelkopf RJ, Girvin SM, Jiang L. Hardware-Efficient Quantum Random Access Memory with Hybrid Quantum Acoustic Systems. Phys Rev Lett. 2019 Dec 20;123(25):250501. PubMed PMID: 31922763.
7. Royer B, Singh S, Girvin SM. Stabilization of Finite-Energy Gottesman-Kitaev-Preskill States. Phys Rev Lett. 2020 Dec 31;125(26):260509. PubMed PMID: 33449723.
8. Blais A, Girvin SM, Oliver WD. Quantum information processing and quantum optics with circuit quantum electrodynamics. Nature Physics. 2020 March 02; 16:247. DOI:
9. Weiss DK, Puri S, Girvin SM. Quantum Random Access Memory Architectures Using 3D Superconducting Cavities. PRX Quantum. 2024 April 16. Available from: DOI: 10.1103/PRXQuantum.5.020312
10. Xu S, Hann CT, Foxman B, Girvin SM, Ding Y. Systems Architecture for Quantum Random Access Memory. MICRO ‘23: Proceedings of the 56th Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture. 2023 October; :526. Available from: DOI: 10.1145/3613424.3614270