Alexandre Cooper-Roy

Adjunct Faculty, Research Associate, Senior Technical Lead, Quantum Simulation, Transformative Quantum Technologies
Alexandre Cooper-Roy

Alexandre Cooper-Roy is an experimental quantum physicist whose research aims at furthering our understanding of the properties of large, interacting quantum many-body systems. His group is actively working on the development and experimental realization of advanced protocols for quantum computation, simulation, and metrology using programmable configurations of neutral atoms excited to a Rydberg state (Rydberg atom arrays).


Alexandre has been leading the Quantum Simulation Group since September 2019 as Senior Technical Lead for the Transformative Quantum Technologies Program at the Institute for Quantum Computing. Alexandre joined IQC from Caltech, where he was an IQIM postdoctoral scholar working with Prof. Manuel Endres on the development of coherent control methods for alkaline-earth atoms in optical tweezers and atomic array optical clocks. Alexandre previously obtained his PhD from MIT, where he worked with Prof. Paola Cappellaro on quantum-enhanced sensing using entangled states of electronic spins in diamond. Alexandre holds a MEng from the University of Tokyo, a Diplôme de l’École Polytechnique (X05), and a BEng from École Polytechnique of Montréal.

Current projects and research expertise

  • Experimental Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) physics
  • Quantum computation, simulation, and metrology using large, programmable configurations of neutral atoms excited to a Rydberg state (Rydberg atom arrays)
  • Protocols and algorithms for simulating condensed matter physics: phase diagrams, quantum phase transitions, and non-equilibrium dynamics
  • Coherent control methods for quantum many-body systems, effective Hamiltonian engineering, and optimal control theory


  • PhD in Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA (2016)
  • MEng in Nuclear Science and Management, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (2010)
  • Diplôme de l’École Polytechnique (X05), École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France (2009)
  • BEng in Engineering Physics, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, Canada (2008)


A list of publications is available on arXiv: arXiv results for Alexandre Cooper-Roy.