Britton Plourde

Professor of Physics

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.


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

Awards & Professional Honors

Selected Publications

"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).