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Microsoft Research Station Q

Station QStation Q is a Microsoft Research lab, located on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, focused on studies of topological quantum computing. The lab and its collaborators are exploring theoretical and experimental approaches to creating the quantum analog of the traditional bit—the qubit. Learn more...

Also: Microsoft Makes Bet Quantum Computing Is Next Breakthrough (N.Y. Times)


Station Q Research Areas

  • Quantum Computing (in collaboration with the QuArC group)
  • Topology
  • Conformal and Topological Quantum field theory
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical Mechanics

For more details please refer to our research overview and publications pages.


From the Director

Michael Freedman"Our lab combines researchers, theorists, and experimentalists from mathematics, physics, and computer science, and we partner with academic and research institutions around the globe. Quantum computing is a field of research that applies the principles of quantum physics and new directions in materials science to building a new type of computer that uses quantum effects in computation."

Michael Freedman, Technical Fellow, Station Q

Station Q Seminars & Events
  • Quantum Information Processing (QIP 2017)
    The international annual Quantum Information Processing (QIP) series is the premier meeting for theoretical quantum information research. Since 1998, the conference has featured breakthroughs by the leaders in the disciplines of computing, cryptography, information theory, mathematics and physics. The scientific objective of the series is to gather the theoretical quantum information community to present and discuss the latest groundbreaking work in the field.
    18–22 January 2017
  • Station Q Seminars Fall 2015
    Schedule for the weekly Station Q seminars.
    1 September–31 December 2015
  • Station Q Seminars Spring 2015
    Schedule for the weekly Station Q seminars.
    1 January–31 August 2015
  • Station Q Seminars Fall 2014
    Schedule for the weekly Station Q seminars.
    1 September–31 December 2014

All Microsoft Research events...

Contact Us

Sean Fraer
Microsoft Research Station Q
Elings Hall CNSI Building Rm. 2243
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA

Tel. 1-805-893-8818

Station Q has its offices in the second floor of the CNSI building which is located at the East Gate of the UCSB campus.