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Quantum Specialist Daniel Lidar Elected an APS Fellow

Ming Hsieh department professor earns American Physical Society honor
Eric Mankin
January 08, 2008 — Daniel Lidar, who came to USC in 2005 and and co-founded and is now director of the highly active Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology, has been elected a Fellow of the 46,000-member American Physical Society.

Lidar: expert on theory of decoherence
Lidar, who co-hosted the world's first Quantum Error Correction Conference on the University Park campus in December, has a joint appointment with the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering  in the Viterbi School and College of Letters, Arts and Science Department of Chemistry.

His research interests are in control of quantum systems, in particular quantum information processing.  He has published more than 110 technical papers on these subjects, has two patents, and has supervised 11 postdoctoral fellows and the dissertation research of 6 Ph.D. students.

Alexander A. (Sandy) Sawchuk, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering said "our faculty joins me in congratulating Daniel Lidar on his election as Fellow of APS and recognizing his research accomplishments in quantum information processing."

His citation as APS Fellow notes his "contributions to the theory of decoherence control of open quantum systems for quantum information processing, especially the decoherence free subspace method."

Lidar came to USC following five years on the faculty of the University of Toronto.  He  received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997.

The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in knowledge through original research and publication or made significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology.  They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the Society.  Each year, no more than one-half of one percent of the then current membership of the Society are recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow in The American Physical Society.