Crystal Senko

Crystal Senko
Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Trapped Ion Quantum Computing
Location: QNC 2201
Phone: 519-888-4567 x37425


Dr. Senko’s research focuses on using trapped ions for quantum simulations and quantum computing applications. Her work also explores qudits and how to improve the efficiency of encoding a logical unit of information using the multiple levels of a qudit.

Research Interests

  • Quantum Science
  • Quantum Computing
  • Quantum Information Processing
  • Quantum Simulation
  • Photonics
  • Manipulation of quantum systems with trapped ions
  • Quantum computation with trapped ions
  • Phases and dynamics of interacting spin systems

Scholarly Research

During her doctorate research in quantum information, Senko used trapped ions to simulate a quantum computational module and to create a spin chain experiment for manipulation in the lab. She earned her PhD under the supervision of Christopher Monroe at the University of Maryland. At the Center for Ultracold Atoms (CUA) as a postdoctoral fellow with Harvard University, Senko worked on the development of a photonic crystal waveguide that, when atoms are placed next to it, creates an interesting system for information transfer between atoms by the photons flowing through the photonic crystal.


  • 2014 PhD, Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
  • 2009 BSc, Physics, Duke University, North Carolina, USA

Affiliations and Volunteer Work

  • Faculty, Institute for Quantum Computing


  • PHYS 122 - Waves, Electricity and Magnetism
    • Taught in 2019
  • PHYS 334 - Quantum Physics 2
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • PHYS 701 - Quantum Mechanics 1
    • Taught in 2019, 2020
  • PHYS 768 - Special Topics in Quantum Information Processing
    • Taught in 2020, 2022
  • QIC 890 - Topics in Quantum Information
    • Taught in 2020, 2022

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Atom-by-atom assembly of defect-free one-dimensional cold atom arrays M Endres, H Bernien, A Keesling, H Levine, ER Anschuetz, A Krajenbrink, ...Science, aah3752
  • Realization of a Quantum Integer-Spin Chain with Controllable Interactions C Senko, P Richerme, J Smith, A Lee, I Cohen, A Retzker, C Monroe Physical Review X 5, 021026
  • Coherent imaging spectroscopy of a quantum many-body spin system C Senko, J Smith, P Richerme, A Lee, WC Campbell, C Monroe Science 345 (6195), 430-433
  • Non-local propagation of correlations in quantum systems with long-range interactions P Richerme, ZX Gong, A Lee, C Senko, J Smith, M Foss-Feig, ...Nature 511 (7508), 198-201
  • Please see Google Scholar for a complete list of Dr. Senkko's publications.