Aaron Douglas O'Connell (born March 5, 1981) is an American experimental quantum physicist. While working under Andrew N. Cleland and John M. Martinis at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he created the world's first quantum machine. In particular, he was able to transfer the quantum state of a superconducting quantum bit, a device used in quantum computation, to the motional state of a macroscopic mechanical resonator. His measurements of the quantum machine constitute the first direct observations of quantized behavior in the motion of a visible object and led the journal Science to honor his work as the "Breakthrough of the Year" of 2010.
O'Connell spoke on the subject at TED2011 in Long Beach, California.
O'Connell received his bachelor's degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2005, and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010...
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