Wolfgang Pfaff

Wolfgang Pfaff
Wolfgang Pfaff
Assistant Professor, Physics
(217) 300-8256
204 Seitz Materials Research Lab

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  • PhD, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, 2013
  • Diplom (MSc), University of Regensburg, Germany, 2009


Wolfgang Pfaff received his PhD in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) in 2013, under the supervision of Ronald Hanson. His graduate work focused mainly on the quantum control, measurement, and entanglement of individual spins of Nitrogen Vacancy centers, resulting in the first-ever demonstration of deterministic quantum teleportation between distant qubits. Following his graduation, Pfaff joined the lab of Rob Schoelkopf at Yale, where he worked on highly coherent superconducting cavities as quantum memories, and pioneered protocols for distributing quantum information between superconducting devices. Pfaff joined Microsoft Quantum in 2017, using his expertise in superconducting quantum devices to investigate how future, topologically protected qubits can be measured and controlled. He joined the Physics department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2020 to set up his own lab focusing on superconductiong and hybrid quantum circuits, and in particular on how to scale them.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020-present
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. of Applied Physics, Yale University, 2014-2017

Other Professional Employment

  • Senior Researcher, Microsoft Quantum Lab Delft, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, 2019-2020
  • Researcher, Microsoft Quantum Lab Delft, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, 2017-2019

Research Interests

  • Quantum networks and distributed quantum computing
  • Open quantum systems
  • Quantum optics
  • Superconducting quantum circuits
  • Quantum information processing

Selected Articles in Journals

Recent Courses Taught

  • PHYS 102 - College Physics: E&M & Modern
  • PHYS 486 - Quantum Physics I
  • PHYS 487 - Quantum Physics II