David Collins
Department of Physics
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837, USA
Phone: (570) 577-3636 (W)
email: dcollins@bucknell.edu
Personal
- Birth date: 9 October 1966
- Place of Birth: Worcester, South Africa
- Citizenship: South Africa (Legal Permanent Resident of the USA).
Education
- PhD, December 1997, University of Texas at Austin
- Supervisor: Prof. Cécile DeWitt-Morette
- Specialization: Mathematical Physics, Functional Integration
- Thesis: Two-state Quantum Systems Interacting with Their Environments: A Functional Integral Approach.
- Course work: Graduate courses
- BSc (Hons), April 1989, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
- Major: Physics
- Minor: Mathematics
- Awarded with distinction.
- Thesis: The Use of Groups in Physics with Special Reference to SO(3) and the Euclidean Group.
Work
- Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837, USA (Aug 2003- present).
- Taught various undergraduate physics courses.
- Supervised undergraduate research and independent study.
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA (Aug 2000 - July 2003).
- Faculty Supervisor: Prof. Robert Griffiths
- Investigating quantum computation and quantum information theory.
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (Jan 1998 - March 2000).
- Faculty Supervisors: Prof. Ki Wook Kim, Prof. William C. Holton
- Investigated theoretical quantum computation and experimental NMR quantum computation.
- Physicist, Optical Engineering Section, Division of Production Technology, CSIR (formerly the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research), Pretoria, South Africa (Jan 1988 - Mar 1988).
- Devised an algorithm for the computation of the point transfer function of an optical system.
Teaching Experience
- Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Bucknell University, 2003-present.
- Physics 332: Upper division quantum mechanics course.
- Physics 222: Sophomore level modern physics course.
- Physics 141: Introductory level physical science course for non-majors.
- Physics 211/212 Laboratory: Freshman level modern physics laboratory.
- Physics 211/212 Problem Session: Discussion sessions for freshman level physics course.
- Independent Study and Undergraduate Research Supervised undergraduate students in independent study and reseach in quantum information.
- Undergraduate Research Supervision, Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001-2002.
- Supervised undergraduate physics research projects in pulse sequence design for NMR quantum computation.
- Co-Instructor, Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001-2003.
- Course: Quantum Information and Quantum Computation.
- Level: Upper division undergraduate/graduate.
- Supervisor: Prof. R. B. Griffiths (course organizer).
- Delivered about 20% of the lectures, prepared and graded homework and term papers.
- Assistant Instructor, Physics, University of Texas at Austin, 1993-1997.
- Courses: Physical Science 303, 304.
- Level: Introductory for non-science majors.
- Supervisor: Prof. Peter R. Antoniewicz.
- Delivered lectures, supervised laboratory sessions, prepared and graded homework, quizzes and exams.
- Teaching Assistant, Physics, University of Texas at Austin, 1991-1993.
- Courses: Physics 102M, 102N Laboratories.
- Level: Introductory for science (non-physics) majors.
- Supervisors: Prof. J. David Gavenda (Phy 102M), Prof. Thomas A. Griffy (Phy 102N).
- Supervised laboratory sessions, prepared and graded final exams.
- Tutor, Physics, Rhodes University, 1989-1991.
- Course: Physics IP/IL.
- Level: Introductory for science (non-physics) majors.
- Supervisors: Dr. Georg Gruber, Mr. Ray Haggard.
- Prepared material for and supervised tutorial sessions (discussion sessions).
Research Interests
- Quantum computation.
- Nuclear magnetic resonance.
- Foundations of quantum mechanics.
- Functional integration.
- System-environment interactions.
Publications
- "Scaling issues in ensemble implementations of the Deutsch-Jozsa algorithm," Arvind and David Collins, Phys. Rev. A 68, 052301 (2003).
- "Shortening Grover's search algorithm for an expectation value quantum computer," David Collins, Preprint quant-ph/0209148. Submitted to the proceedings of QCMC'02 (2002).
- "Modified Grover's algorithm for an expectation value quantum computer," David Collins, Phys. Rev. A 65, 052321 (2002).
- "Orchestrating an NMR quantum computation: the N=3 Deutsch-Jozsa algorithm," David Collins, K. W. Kim, W. C. Holton, H. Sierzputowska-Gracz, and E. O. Stejskal, Preprint quant-ph/0105045 (2001).
- " NMR quantum computation with indirectly coupled gates," David Collins, K. W. Kim, W. C. Holton, H. Sierzputowska-Gracz, and E. O. Stejskal, Phys. Rev. A 62, 022304 (2000).
- "Deutsch-Jozsa algorithm as a test of quantum computation," David Collins, K. W. Kim and W. C. Holton, Phys. Rev. A 58, 1633 (1998).
- "A Rigorous Mathematical Foundation of Functional Integration," Cartier, P., Dewitt-Morette, C., Wurm, A. and Collins, D. Contains an appendix on Functional Integration Over Complex Poisson Paths prepared by D. Collins. Functional Integration: Basics and Applications , Eds C DeWitt-Morette, P. Cartier and A. Folacci, (Plenum Press, New York, 1997).
Conference Presentations
- "Could Quantum Computing Aid Functional Integration?" David Collins, Invited presentation at the MSRI workshop, "The Feynman Integral Along with Related Topics and Applications" Berkeley, California (2002).
- "NMR Quantum Computation with Indirectly Coupled Gates," David Collins, W. C. Holton, K. W. Kim, H. Sierzputowska-Gracz, and E. O. Stejskal, APS March Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1999).
- "Deutsch-Jozsa algorithm on an NMR Quantum Computer: Issues and Progress," David Collins, W. C. Holton, K. W. Kim, H. Sierzputowska-Gracz, and E. O. Stejskal, APS Centennial Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia (1999).
- "Using NMR to implement a quantum computer," David Collins, Hanna Sierzputowska-Gracz, W. C. Holton, K. W. Kim and E. O. Stejskal, Triangle Magnetic Resonance Group, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1998).
- "A refinement of the Deutsch-Jozsa algorithm," David Collins, K. W. Kim and W. C. Holton, DARPA Ultrascale Computing principle investigators' meeting, Tucson, Arizona (1998).
- "Spinor Structures: A New Approach," D. Collins, F. A. M. Frescura, and G. Lubczonok, 26th Annual Seminar on Theoretical Physics, Bloemfontein, South Africa (1991). Published in the conference proceedings.
- "Moving Frames and Accelerated Observers in Special Relativity," D. Collins and F. A. M. Frescura, 25th Annual Seminar on Theoretical Physics, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (1990). Published in the conference proceedings.
Conference Posters
- "Scaling Issues in Ensemble Quantum Algorithms," David Collins and Arvind, Quantum Information and Quantum Control Conference, Fields Institute, Toronto, Canada (2004).
- "Shortening Grover's Search Algorithm for an Expectation Value Quantum Computer," David Collins, 6th International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2002).
- "NMR Quantum Computation with Indirectly Coupled Gates," David Collins, W. C. Holton, K. W. Kim, H. Sierzputowska-Gracz, and E. O. Stejskal, 41st Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Conference, Pacific Grove, California (2000).
- "Deutsch-Jozsa Algorithm on a NMR Quantum Computer," David Collins, W. C. Holton, K. W. Kim, H. Sierzputowska-Gracz, and E. O. Stejskal, Triangle Magnetic Resonance Group meeting, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (1999).
- "Deutsch-Jozsa Algorithm on a NMR Quantum Computer: Issues and Progress," David Collins, W. C. Holton, K. W. Kim, H. Sierzputowska-Gracz, and E. O. Stejskal, Conference on Quantum Information Processing and NMR, Cambridge. Massachusetts (1999).
Workshops Attended
- 15th Waterloo NMR Summer School, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, June 1999.
- Quantum Computations Tutorial, APS March Meeting, Los Angeles, USA, March 1998.
- NATO ASI Functional Integration: Basics and Applications held at Cargese, Corsica, France, September 1996. Funding provided by Collectivite Territorial de Corse.
Professional Societies
- Member: American Physical Society
References
- Available on request.