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Daniel Lidar

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  • Chemistry
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

  • SSC 609
  • Frank R. Seaver Science Center
  • 920 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 482

  • (213) 740-0198

  • lidar@usc.edu

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Professor of Electrical Engineering-Systems, Chemistry and Physics

  • Other, University of California

  • 1997, PhD, Physics, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem

  • 1995, Masters, Physics, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem

  • 1989, Bachelors, Mathematics, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem

  • 1989, Bachelors, Physics, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem


Daniel Lidar is a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics. He is the Director of the USC Center for Quantum Information Science & Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997, where he worked on scattering theory and disorder. He was awarded Fulbright and Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowships to pursue research in quantum computation at UC Berkeley, where he worked till 2000. He then joined the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, where he directed and co-founded the Center for Quantum Information and Quantum Control. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004 and has held cross-appointments in Physics and Mathematics. Lidar joined the EE Department of the Viterbi School of Engineering, USC, in July 2005, with a cross appointment in Chemistry.

Research Summary

Lidar's research focuses on the problem of controlling open quantum systems, with a particular emphasis on quantum computers. His work revolves around various aspects of quantum information theory, including quantum algorithms, the theory of open quantum systems, quantum phase transitions and entanglement.


  • 2012 (GQI) American Physical Society Topical Group on Quantum Information Chair-Elect
  • 2012 (AAAS) American Association of Advancement of Sciences Elected Fellow
  • 2012 Physical Society Featured Paper
  • 2011 Invited to inauguration, USC -Lockheed Quantum Computing Center, USC Los Angeles, California
  • 2011 NASA Ames Research Center Director’s Colloquium
  • 2011 Department of Defense MURI on quantum control
  • 2010 Reuter's Science Watch Top 20 authors of the decade in Quantum Computers
  • 2010 Reuter's Science Watch Top 20 papers of the last two years on Quantum Computers
  • 2010 ACAM/CECAM, Dublin, Ireland Atlantic Centre for Atomistic Modeling Public lecture Series on “Quantum Innovation”, Dublin
  • 2009 Outstanding Referee of the American Physical Society
  • 2007 Nominated by the Topical Group on Quantum Information Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2007 Keynote Speaker, Noise, Information and Compexity at Quantum Scale Workshop, Majorana Center, Erice, Italy
  • 2007 Senior Member of IEEE
  • 2007 Invited to be Plenary speaker, Workshop on Principles and Applications of Control in Quantum, Sydney, Australia
  • 2004 Plenary Speaker, 1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Quantum Information Science, Tainan, Taiwan
  • 2003 Keynote Speaker at SPIE Conference on Fluctuations and Noise
  • 2003 Sloan Research Fellowship
  • 2002 Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Top Twenty Researchers under Age 40
  • 2002 Plenary Speaker, Inauguration of the Center for Quantum Science, Michigan State University, Lansing
  • 2001 John C. Polanyi Prize in Chemistry
  • 2001 Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award
  • 1997 Fritz Haber Center Prize, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 1997 Fulbright Postdoctoral Award
  • 1997 Rothschild Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1996 Intel-Dean doctoral Prize, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 1989 University of Jerusalem Dean's List 1987-1989

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