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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 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

Anomalous charge noise in superconducting qubits, B. G. Christensen, C. D. Wilen, A. Opremcak, J. Nelson, F. Schlenker, C. H. Zimonick, L. Faoro, L. B. Ioffe, Y. J. Rosen, J. L. DuBois, B. L. T. Plourde, and R. McDermott
Phys. Rev. B 100, 140503(R) – Published 24 October 2019

"Trapping a Single Vortex and Reducing Quasiparticles in a Superconducting Resonator" I. Nsanzineza and B. L. T. Plourde –– Physical Review Letters 113, 117002 (2014).

"High-fidelity qubit measurement with a microwave-photon counter" L.C.G. Govia, Emily J. Pritchett, Canran Xu, B. L. T. Plourde, Maxim G. Vavilov, Frank K. Wilhelm, and R. McDermott–– Physical Review A 90, 062307 (2014).

"First-order sideband transitions with flux-driven asymmetric transmon qubits", J.D. Strand, Matthew Ware, Felix Beaudoin, T.A. Ohki, B.R. Johnson, Alexandre Blais, B.L.T. Plourde – Physical Review B 87, 220505(R) (2013).

"Microwave response of vortices in superconducting thin films of Re and Al" C. Song, T.W. Heitmann, M.P. DeFeo, K. Yu, R. McDermott, M. Neeley, John M. Martinis, B.L.T. Plourde, Physical Review B 79, 174512 (2009).

"Asymmetric weak-pinning superconducting channels: vortex ratchets" K. Yu, T.W. Heitmann, C. Song, M.P. DeFeo, B.L.T. Plourde, M.B.S. Hesselberth, P.H. Kes, Physical Review B 76, 220507(R) (2007).

"Solid-State Qubits with Current-Controlled Coupling" T. Hime, P.A. Reichardt, B.L.T. Plourde, T.L. Robertson, C.-E. Wu, A.V. Ustinov, John Clarke -- Science 314, 1427 (2006).