Associate Professor Britton Plourde
Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences

Britton Plourde

How long have you been at SU?
Since 2005

What school/college/department do you work in?
Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences

Briefly describe your area of research:
Quantum Information Science and Low-temperature Physics

Describe which SU’s Research Computing technologies and resources you currently use:
Virtual Machines (VMs) in the Academic Virtual Hosting Environment.

How do these resources contribute to the advance of research on the SU campus?​
The Plourde research group in the Physics Department is using computing resources in the Academic Virtual Hosting Environment to run microwave modeling software, including Sonnet and HFSS, to simulate complex superconducting microwave circuits. Following the simulations, the group then microfabricates these structures and measures them at temperatures near absolute zero.

The computing power available with the AVHE allows the Plourde group to simulate large circuit layouts rapidly.