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Britton Plourde

Britton Plourde

Britton Plourde



219 Physics Building
Office: 315.443.8967


  • 2000 Ph.D. Physics University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
  • 1995 Master of Science, Physics University of Illinois
  • 1993 Bachelor of Science, Physics with Honors University of Michigan

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Research Interests
  • Experimental investigation of topics in quantum information science with superconducting circuits.
  • Measurements of vortex and quasiparticle dynamics in nanofabricated superconducting structures.
  • Nanofabrication of superconducting devices at Syracuse and the Cornell NanoScale Facility.
  • Low-temperature physics.

A&S Physicist Britton Plourde Named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

(Dec. 2, 2022)

The designation of Fellow is the IEEE’s highest level of membership and recognizes Plourde’s contributions to the field of quantum computing.

A New Way to Count Qubits

(Sept. 21, 2018)

Physicist Britton Plourde part of interinstitutional team revolutionizing quantum computing

Britton Plourde Develops Tools for Quantum Computer

(Jan. 18, 2018)

Quantum mechanics 'could revolutionize' areas of computation, Plourde says

Syracuse Physicist Awarded IBM Grant to Develop Quantum Computing

(May 17, 2016)

Britton Plourde helps build world’s first ‘logical qubit’

Syracuse Physicist Awarded Grant for Quantum Computing Efforts

(June 11, 2015)

Britton Plourde uses Army Research Office grant to create superconductor-based quantum computer

Honors and Awards
Selected Publications

Single Flux Quantum-Based Digital Control of Superconducting Qubits in a Multi-Chip Module, C.-H. Liu, A. Ballard, D. Olaya, D.R. Schmidt, J. Biesecker, T. Lucas, J. Ullom, S. Patel, O. Rafferty, A. Opremcak, K. Dodge, V. Iaia, T. McBroom, J. L. Dubois, P.F. Hopkins, S.P. Benz, B.L.T. Plourde, R. McDermott - Physical Review X Quantum 4, 030310 (2023).

Phonon downconversion to suppress correlated errors in superconducting qubits, V. Iaia, J. Ku, A. Ballard, C.P. Larson, E. Yelton, C.H. Liu, S. Patel, R. McDermott, B.L.T. Plourde - Nature Communications 13, 6425 (2022).

High-Fidelity Measurement of a Superconducting Qubit using an On-Chip Microwave Photon Counter, A. Opremcak, C.H. Liu, C. Wilen, K. Okubo, B.G. Christensen, D. Sank, T.C. White, A. Vainsencher, M. Giustina, A. Megrant, B. Burkett, B.L.T. Plourde, R. McDermott - Physical Review X 11, 011027 (2021).

Coupling a Superconducting Qubit to a Left-Handed Metamaterial Resonator, S. Indrajeet, H. Wang, M.D. Hutchings, B.G. Taketani, Frank K. Wilhelm, M.D. LaHaye, and B.L.T. Plourde - Physical Review Applied 14, 064033 (2020).

Suppression of Unwanted ZZ Interactions in a Hybrid Two-Qubit System, Jaseung Ku, Xuexin Xu, Markus Brink, David C. McKay, Jared B. Hertzberg, Mohammad H. Ansari, and B.L.T. Plourde - Physical Review Letters 125 200504 (2020).