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Dominic Berry - Senior Lecturer

Macquarie University

My research is in the areas of quantum information and quantum optics. In quantum information, I developed the most efficient known algorithms for simulation of physical systems, which has been used as the basis for important new quantum algorithms. In the area of quantum optics, I invented the most accurate known methods to measure optical phase by using adaptive techniques, and am collaborating with experimental groups for demonstration of these methods.

My CV is available here.

Postdoctoral positions available soon

We will shortly be offering two postdoctoral positions on research into quantum algorithms. The goal is to apply techniques for Hamiltonian simulation to quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry, quantum field theory, and differential equations.

PhD and Masters projects

Are you interested in doing a PhD or Masters project in quantum algorithms? Projects are available in quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry, as well as quantum field theory. For more details please contact me at .


  • 30/10/2015: We have just been awarded a Discovery Project on Quantum Algorithms for Computational Physics. We will shortly be offering postdoctoral positions for research in this area.
  • 18/08/2015: We have a new paper out in Physical Review X, showing how to bound the accuracy for measurement of a varying phase. It uses the new technique of the multiparameter quantum Ziv-Zakai bound, which enables much more powerful results than the Cramér-Rao bound.
  • 17/08/2015: Our experimental collaborators have now demonstrated our scheme for magnetometry with NV centres using adaptive measurements found by swarm optimization. This work is released on the arXiv.
  • 10/08/2015: Macquarie University is having an open day on 12 September.
  • 4/06/2015: We have two new papers on the arXiv showing how to simulate quantum chemistry using our more advanced algorithms for Hamiltonian simulation. The first paper uses second quantisation, together with on-the-fly integrals to obtain scaling as N5, where N is the number of orbitals. The best proven bound was previously N8 (although better scaling was found numerically). The second paper uses the Configuration Interaction matrix to obtain even better scaling as N3.
  • 3/03/2015: Our paper showing how to simulate Hamiltonians using a Taylor series has just appeared in Physical Review Letters.
  • 25/11/2014: Our paper on the processing of photodetectors has now been published in Physical Review A.
  • 7/11/2014: Our paper on the experimental demonstration of Bell tests with postselection violating Tsirelson's bound has now been published in Scientific Reports.
  • 30/09/2014: We have a new paper on the arXiv proving a Heisenberg limit for a varying phase. Unlike previous work this lower bound holds for all possible states, and in addition we show that it is achievable.
  • 28/08/2014: Hossein's paper on loss-resistant states for phase measurement is now published in Physical Review A.
  • 20/06/2014: We have a new paper on the arXiv on generating loss-resistant states from downconversion. We not only show how to generate loss-resistant states, we show how to combine them to provide an unambiguous phase measurement. This work is by my PhD student Hossein Dinani and myself.
  • 20/02/2014: My quantum algorithm for solving differential equations is now published in Journal of Physics A. This is my 50'th published paper.
  • 27/01/2014: My work with Alexander Hayes showing that feedback can give improvements for interferometric measurements with low visibility (as with NV centres) is now published in Physical Review A.
  • 1/01/2014: My work with Richard Cleve and Sev Gharibian on simulation of continuous-time query algorithms has now been published in QIC.
  • 20/12/2013: I have posted a video on quantum algorithms on Youtube. It covers the basics of quantum algorithms, and discusses Deutsch's algorithm and Grover's algorithm.
  • 9/12/2013: We now have an even better method of simulating Hamiltonian evolution. In a new paper in collaboration with Andrew Childs, Robin Kothari and others, we have obtained a simulation with improved speed and much simpler than the previous algorithm. This new work subsumes the previous work.
  • 14/11/2013: We have developed adaptive phase measurements via swarm optimisation that give accurate results with low visibility interference. These measurements are suitable to use for NV-centre magnetometry.
  • 25/09/2013: Our paper on a new technique for decomposing single-qubit channels has just appeared in Physical Review Letters.
  • 10/09/2013: Our paper on the Heisenberg limit for a fluctuating phase has just appeared in Physical Review Letters.
  • 26/08/2013: We have developed a new technique for simulating Hamiltonian evolution that is polynomial in the logarithm of the allowable error. What this means is that, in effect, doubling the number of significant digits needed only increases the calculation time by a constant factor. This is an exponential improvement over previous techniques.
  • 6/06/2013: We have discovered a new form of the Heisenberg limit that applies for a stochastic phase. This stochastic Heisenberg limit holds for any signal with a correlation spectrum that asymptotically follow a power law. In the limit where the high frequency variation is suppressed, the usual Heisenberg limit is recovered. For Wiener noise we obtain the same scaling as can be achieved using adaptive measurements.
  • 14/05/2013: We have developed a technique for decomposing single qubit channels in terms of a universal gate set. This can be regarded as a Solovay-Kitaev decomposition strategy for channels.
  • 16/02/2013: My citation count on Google Scholar has just reached 1000.
  • 10/01/2013: I have been selected as an outstanding referee by the American Physical Society.
  • 8/01/2013: We have released an erratum on an earlier paper published in 2006. This erratum means that the results are better than in the original paper. We found that adaptive measurements can provide greater accuracy than was predicted originally.
  • 20/11/2012: We have released a paper on the simulation of continuous time query algorithms. Continuous time query algorithms are a promising approach for developing quantum algorithms, but they cannot be performed directly. Our work shows that such algorithms can be efficiently simulated on a quantum computer.
  • 21/09/2012: We have a new publication in Science! It reports a demonstration of phase measurement enhanced with squeezing for a rapidly fluctuating phase. This was performed by collaborators at the University of Tokyo, and is based on a theoretical proposal by me and Howard Wiseman more than ten years ago.

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