Denis R. Candido, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


  • Hybrid quantum systems for creating qubit-qubit entanglement and for application in quantum information science
  • Topology and non-Hermicity within Hybrid Quantum Systems
  • Spin-defect centers as a solid-state qubit
  • Spin-defect centers as quantum sensor of physical phenomena
  • Students study and analyze realistic proposals for advancing quantum devices and quantum computers.
  • Students participate in the development of the use of non-trivial topology and non-Hermicity to enhance the quality of quantum devices.

Prof. Candido is part of the  Condensed Matter and Materials Physics research area at the University of Iowa, Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is currently working with realistic implementations and proposals for hybrid quantum systems that would permit to build quantum computers and quantum devices using condensed matter systems. 

Currently, Prof. Candido has also been combining topological and non-Hermitian aspects of hybrid quantum system to advance and enhance the quality and capability of quantum devices.
In addition to that, Prof. Candido is also investigating  solid-state spin defects as non-evasive sensors to probe a wide range of physical phenomena.

During his PhD degree, Prof. Candido has also studied extensively spin-dependent phenomena within condensed matter systems, e.g., spintronics, spin-orbit interaction, k.p method, group theory in solids, transport through Green's function formalism, topological insulators, Weyl and Dirac semimetals, spin-relaxation among many others. His PhD thesis was focused on studying the band structure and transport properties of topological quantum dots. 

Prof. Candido is also a member and mentor of the APS National Mentoring Community, which has as one of its main idea support mentoring relationships between Black/African, Latinx, and Indigenous undergraduate physics students and physics mentors. 

Outside the lab, Prof. Candido is also a chess and rugby player, and enjoys surfing, skiing, slack lining. 

Research areas
  • Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
  • Quantum Information
PhD Physics: University of São Paulo, 2018

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