Norman Yao

  • Program Years: 2009-2013
  • Academic Institution: Harvard University
  • Field of Study: Condensed Matter Physics
  • Academic Advisor: Mikhail Lukin
  • Practicum(s):
    Los Alamos National Laboratory (2011)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Physics, Harvard University, 2014
    A.M. Physics, Harvard University, 2009
    A.B. Physics and Mathematics, Harvard University, 2009

Current Status

  • Research Area: Condensed Matter Physics
  • Publications

    1) Georg Kucsko, Peter Maurer, Norman Y. Yao, Minako Kubo, Hyun-Ji Noh, Peggy Lo, Hongkun Park, Mikhail D. Lukin
    Nanoscale quantum thermometry in a living cell, arXiv:1304.1068.

    2) Norman Y. Yao, Alexey V. Gorshkov, Chris R. Laumann, Andreas M. Lauchli, J. Ye, Mikhail D. Lukin,
    Realizing Fractional Chern Insulators with Dipolar Spins, arXiv:1212.4839.

    3) Steven D. Bennett, Norman Y. Yao, Johannes Otterbach, Peter Zoller, Peter Rabl, Mikhail D. Lukin
    Phonon-induced spin-spin interactions in diamond nanostructures: application to spin squeezing, arXiv:1301.2968.

    4) Norman Y. Yao, Chris R. Laumann, Alexey V. Gorshkov, Hendrik Weimer, Liang Jiang, J. Ignacio Cirac, Peter Zoller and Mikhail D. Lukin,
    Topologically Protected Quantum State Transfer in a Chiral Spin Liquid, Nature Communications 4, 1585 (2013).

    5) Norman Y. Yao, Chase P. Broedersz, Martin Depken, Daniel J. Becker, Martin Pollak, Frederick C. MacKintosh, and David A. Weitz,
    Stress-enhanced gelation: A dynamic nonlinearity of elasticity, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 018103 (2013).

    6) Hendrik Weimer, Norman Y. Yao, Mikhail D. Lukin,
    Collectively enhanced interactions in solid-state spin qubits, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 067601 (2013).

    7) Jonathan S. Hodges, Norman Y. Yao, Dougal Maclaurin, Mikhail D. Lukin, Chaitanya Rastogi, Dirk Englund
    Timekeeping with electronic spin states in diamond, Phys. Rev. A 87, 032118 (2013).

    8) Norman Y. Yao, Chris R. Laumann, Alexey V. Gorshkov, Steven D. Bennett, Eugene Demler, Peter Zoller, Mikhail D. Lukin,
    Topological Flat Bands from Dipolar Spin Systems, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 266804 (2012).

    9) Norman Y. Yao, Zhexuan Gong, Chris R. Laumann, Steven D. Bennett, Luming Duan, Mikhail D. Lukin, Liang Jiang, and Alexey V. Gorshkov.
    Quantum Logic between Remote Quantum Registers, Phys. Rev. A 87, 022306 (2013).

    10) Peter C. Maurer, G. Kucsko, Christian Latta, Liang Jiang, Norman Y. Yao, Liang Jiang, Steven D. Bennett, Fernando Pastawski, et al.
    Room temperature quantum bit memory exceeding one second, Science 336, 1283 (2012).

    11) Fernando Pastawski, Norman Y. Yao, Liang Jiang, Mikhail D. Lukin and J. Ignacio Cirac
    Unforgeable Noise-Tolerant Quantum Tokens, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109, 16079 (2012).

    12) Hendrik Weimer, Norman Y. Yao, Chris R. Laumann, and Mikhail D. Lukin,
    Long-range quantum gates using dipolar crystals, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 100501 (2012).

    13) Norman Y. Yao, Daniel J. Becker, Chase P. Broedersz, Martin Depken, Martin Pollak, Frederick C. MacKintosh, and David A. Weitz,
    Nonlinear viscoelasticity of α-Actinin-4 cross-linked actin, Journal of Molecular Biology 411(5), 1062-1071 (2011).

    14) Norman Y. Yao, Liang Jiang, Alexey V. Gorshkov, Peter C. Maurer, Geza Giedke, J. Ignacio Cirac, and Mikhail D. Lukin,
    Scalable Architecture for a Room Temperature Solid-State Quantum Information Processor, Nature Communications 3, 800 (2012).

    15) Norman Y. Yao, Liang Jiang, Alexey V. Gorshkov, Zhexuan Gong, Alex Zhai, Luming Duan, and Mikhail D. Lukin,
    Robust quantum state transfer in random unpolarized spin chains, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 040505 (2011).

    16) Chase P. Broedersz, Martin Depken, Norman Y. Yao, Martin Pollak, David A. Weitz, and Frederick C MacKintosh,
    Cross-link governed dynamics of biopolymer networks, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 238101 (2010).

    17) Norman Y. Yao, Chase P. Broedersz, Yichia Lin, Karen Kasza, Frederick C. MacKintosh, and David A. Weitz,
    Elasticity in Ionically Cross-linked Neurofilament Networks, Biophysical Journal 98(10), 2147-2153, (2010).

    18) Yichia Lin, Norman Y. Yao, Chase P. Broedersz, Harald Herrmann, Frederick C. MacKintosh, David A. Weitz,
    Origins of elasticity in intermediate filament networks, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 058101 (2010).

    19) Norman Y. Yao, Ryan Larsen, and David A. Weitz,
    Probing nonlinear rheology with inertio-elastic oscillations, Journal of Rheology 52, 1013-1025 (2008).

    20) Norman Y. Yao, Ryan Larsen, and David A. Weitz,
    Characterizing the nonlinear rheology of biopolymer networks using inertio-elastic oscillations, ICR 1027, 621-623 (2008).

    21) Franciscio Artigas, Alex Marti, Norman Y. Yao, and Ildiko Pechmann,
    Chlorophyll Detection and Mapping of Shallow Water Impoundments Using Image Spectrometry, Research Letters in Ecology 8, 146217 (2008).

    Awards

    2010 - Robbins Prize (Harvard University)
    2009 - Captain Jonathan Fay Prize (for the most outstanding original research in any field - Harvard University)
    2009 - Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize (for outstanding Thesis)
    2009 - DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
    2009 - NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, deferred
    2009 - Harvard Purcell Fellowship
    2008 - Phi Beta Kappa (early election as member of Senior 48)
    2007 - Detur Book Prize - Top 5% of Sophomore Class
    2005 - Mort Pye Scholarship - Full four-year scholarship to Harvard
    2005 - National Merit Scholarship
    2005 - Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship