Dr Alexandre Zagoskin

  • Reader in Quantum Physics
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics


Studies and long-term positions: A.M. Gorky State University (Kharkov, USSR); B.I. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering (Kharkov, USSR); Chalmers Tekniska Högskola (Gothenburg, Sweden); University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada); VP Research and Chief Scientist (D-Wave Systems Inc., Vancouver, Canada).

Visiting positions: Université de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Canada); RIKEN (Wako-shi, Japan); University of Notre Dame (South Bend, USA).

My goal is developing quantum engineering into a self-sufficient discipline.

Quantum engineering of components, such as qubits and their small arrays, can rely on well-developed theoretical and experimental methods from quantum physics of solid state, quantum optics and superconductivity, and is already well on its way.

On the contrary, quantum structural engineering, dealing with design, characterization, performance and reliability of large artificial quantum structures (e.g., quantum arrays containing hundreds of qubits), has no such support on the theory side, since the existing methods are inadequate. Its development is therefore critically dependent on the development of corresponding physical theory and can only be achieved in a close collaboration of experimental and theoretical physicists and aspiring quantum engineers.

Expertise: quantum many-body theory, mesoscopic superconductivity, quantum information processing in solid state, quantum engineering, quantum metamaterials.

Co-founder of D-Wave Systems Inc.

Books and book chapters

  • A. Zagoskin. Quantum Mechanics: A Complete Introduction. Hodder (2015).
  • A.M. Zagoskin. Quantum Engineering: Theory and Design of Quantum Coherent Structures. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2011).
  • A.M. Zagoskin. Quantum Theory of Many-Body Systems: Techniques and Applications. (Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics.) Springer-Verlag, New York (1998). Second expanded and revised edition: Springer-Verlag (2014). Limited reprint edition for mainland China: Springer (2008). Japanese translation (by Dr. U. Kabasawa): Springer-Verlag, Tokyo (1999); Marunochi Planet, Tokyo (2012).
  • A. Zagoskin. Superconducting Quantum Metamaterials, in: Nonlinear, Tunable and Active Metamaterials; Shadrivov, I.V.; Lapine, M.; Kivshar, Yu.S. (eds.), Cham- Heidelberg- New York- Dordrecht- London, Springer, p.255 (2015).

Over 120 research and review articles