Adrian Lupascu

Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Research interests: quantum computation; superconducting circuits; microwave photons


Professor Adrian Lupascu is an experimentalist interested in the study of quantum effects in various physical systems. Together with collaborators at Delft University of Technology, he demonstrated the first quantum non-demolition measurement of a superconducting qubit. His later work, at Ecole Normale Superieure Paris, addressed the use of superconducting structures for atom manipulation.

Lupascu joined the University of Waterloo in 2010. His research addresses quantum effects in solid state nano-devices, in particular superconductors. These systems have an important potential for applications in quantum information processing. In addition they provide a testbed for fundamental studies of light-matter interaction and quantum detection.

Lupascu obtained his PhD from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. His research, done in the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience in the period 2000-2005, focused on experiments with superconducting quantum bits, in particular on the state measurement of such quantum bits. This research established the so-called dispersive readout techniques for qubits and led to the first demonstration of a quantum non-demolition type of measurement for a solid-state qubit. From 2006 to 2009, Lupascu was a postdoctoral researcher at Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, supported by a Marie Curie fellowship. His research addressed the cooling and trapping of neutral atoms using magnetic traps based on superconductors, a field which brings together atomic and solid state physics. Lupascu also worked on the design and implementation of fast and efficient electron detectors for cryogenic atomic physics experiments, based on a superconducting nanowires.


  • PhD, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 2005
  • BSc, University of Bucharest, Romania, 2000

Adrian Lupascu

    University of Waterloo