Professor Murch’s research focuses on the interface of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) and condensed matter physics. Using nano-fabrication techniques to construct superconducting quantum circuits allows his group to probe fundamental questions in quantum mechanics.

Superconducting qubits are a promising system for the realization of quantum schemes for computation, simulation, and data encryption. While the fabrication of these systems allows for exquisite control over the properties of the quantum systems, their complex material nature, and strong light matter interactions results in coupling to uncontrolled degrees of freedom in the surrounding environment, eventually leading to decoherence of some states of these systems. Kater Murch's research group focuses on engineering the quantum system-environment interaction to preserve coherence, to prepare complex many body states, and probe fundamental issues related to measurement, quantum foundations, and thermodynamics.

### Professional History

2018 | Cottrell Scholar Award, Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement |

2018 | NSF CAREER Award |

2017 |
St. Louis Academy of Science Innovation Award |

2015 | Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Physics |