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Professor Luming Duan Elected as New CAS Academician

November 23,2023

On November 22, China’s top academic institutions, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), announced a list of new academicians. Six Tsinghua faculty members have been elected, including Prof. Luming Duan from the IIIS, who has been elected as Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Prof. Luming Duan

Professor Luming Duan was born in 1972 in Anhui Province, China. He received his B.S. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). After graduation, he joined the faculty at the USTC first as an associate professor and then as a professor. In 2003, he was appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, where he was granted tenure in 2007 and named as the Fermi Collegiate Professor in 2012. Since 2018, he resigned from the University of Michigan and has been a full-time professor at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences, Tsinghua University.

Prof. Duan is renowned for his pioneering research on quantum computing and quantum information. He proposed the DLCZ (Duan-Lukin-Cirac-Zoller) scheme for implementation of quantum repeaters and the network approach to scaling of quantum computing, which laid a solid foundation for realizing the long-distance quantum communication and scalable quantum computation. He also proposed the first entanglement criterion for continuous variable quantum systems, known as the DGCZ criterion , which has been widely applied in the field of quantum information science.

In the past few years at Tsinghua University, Prof. Duan continued to achieve remarkable results: he realized two-dimensional quantum memory arrays with 225 memory cells, which set a new record for quantum storage capacity; he also realized quantum entanglement between 25 quantum interfaces and efficient entanglement connection between two quantum repeater nodes. His group has recently achieved stable trapping of over a thousand trapped ions,   and realized the Rabi-Hubbard model in a big Hilbert space of 1.4 billion dimensions, for whichthe simulation of its quantum dynamics has exceeded the capability of current classical supercomputers.

Prof. Duan has been recognized with a number of awards before, including the Rao-Yutai Prize in Fundamental Optics, the National Natural Science Award, the Sloan Research Fellowship, and the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Overseas Chinese Physics Association. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2009 and as the inaugural New Cornerstone Fellow in 2022. He has published more than 240 papers in prestigious physics journals  with more than 38100 citations.