I received my BA in physics from Williams College in 2017. At Williams, I conducted research with Charlie Doret and Bill Wootters, before completing a senior research thesis with Frederick Strauch. In 2016 I was awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. In 2017-2018 I conducted research with Shelby Kimmel of Middlebury College on methods for calibrating quantum gate sets. Currently, I am working in Peter Love’s quantum computation group at Tufts University on quantum simulation, funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (present through 2023).
When I'm not busy with physics, I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, singing, and spending time with my family and friends.
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Research interests, with papers, talks, and posters
I am interested in the problems, from gate calibration to algorithm design, that are necessary to obtain useful and practical quantum computation.
William M. Kirby and Frederick W. Strauch, A Practical Quantum Algorithm for the Schur Transform, Quantum Information and Computation, 18 (9&10), 0721-0742 (2018), arXiv:1709.07119.
William M. Kirby, A Practical Quantum Schur Transform, Senior Honors Thesis, Williams College Physics Department (2017). Download full text.
William M. Kirby, The Quantum Schur Transform, Williams College Spring Physics Thesis Talks, 5/15/2017.
William M. Kirby, Building Quantum Algorithms, Williams College Physics Fall Thesis Talks, 12/12/2016.
William M. Kirby and Frederick W. Strauch, Efficient Quantum Compiling, 2016 APS New England Fall Meeting (poster).
I have studied schemes for quantifying entanglement in systems of two and three qubits, developing bounds and approximation methods based on the measure known as "tangle."
William M. Kirby, A Tight Bound on Tangle for Two and Three Qubits, manuscript (2016).
William M. Kirby and William K. Wootters, Quantum Entanglement: Enigma and Resource, Weekend for Williams Lecture, 10/3/2015.
William M. Kirby and William K. Wootters, A Tight Bound on Entanglement for Two Qubits, 2015 Williams College Summer Science Poster Session (poster).
Philosophy of Physics
I am interested in the philosophical quandaries that lie at the heart of quantum mechanics, especially the "measurement problem" and attempts to resolve it.