Nicholas E. Bonesteel

Department of Physics and NHMFL
Condensed Matter Theory Group
1800 E. Paul Dirac Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Phone: (850) 644-2516 (Keen) ; (850) 644-7805 (Magnet Lab)

Fax: (850) 644-5038

Room: Keen 410 (Physics Dept); A313 (Magnet Lab)



1991 PhD, Physics, Cornell University
1985 BS, Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Professional Experience

2006-Present, Professor, Florida State University
2000-2006, Associate Professor, Florida State University
1994-2000, Assistant Professor, Florida State University
1992-1994, Postdoctoral Research Associate, NHMFL - Florida State University
1990-1992, Postdoctoral Research Associate, ETH-Zürich


Fall & Spring 1995-1998: Quantum Theory of Matter A & B (PHY4604 & PHY4605)
Fall 1998, 1999, 2000: General Physics B (PHY2049C)
Fall 2001, 2002: General Physics A (PHY2048C)
Spring 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009: Condensed Matter Physics II (PHZ5942)
Spring 2003, 2004, 2007,  Fall 2014, Spring 2017: Quantum Many-Body Physics (PHY5690)
Spring 2005: Intermediate Mechanics (PHY3221)
Fall 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006: Theoretical Dynamics (PHY5246)
Fall 2007, 2008: Condensed Matter Physics I (PHZ5491)
Spring 2008, 2009, 2010: Statistical Mechanics (PHY5524)
Fall 2010, Spring 2011: Intermediate Modern Physics (PHY3101)

Fall 2011, 2012, 2013: Quantum Theory of Matter A (PHY4604)

Spring 2012, 2013: Quantum Theory of Matter B (PHY4605)
Spring 2015, 2016: Mechanics I (PHY3221)
Fall 2015, 2016: Mechanics II (PHY4222)

Fall 2017, 2018, 2019: Quantum Mechanics A (PHY5645)

Spring 2018, 2019, 2020: Quantum Mechanics B (PHY5646)

Summer 2020: General Physics B (PHY2049C)


Fall 2020: Physics Problem Solving (PHY3045)


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Research Interests

Condensed Matter Physics 

Correlated Electrons
Quantum Hall Effect
Quantum Computing







Current and Former Graduate Students

Haoyun Deng, Summer 2018 – Present

Vilen Melik-Alaverdian, Ph.D., Graduated Fall 1998

Thesis: "Theory of Excitations in the Quantum Hall Effect"


Kerwin C. Foster, Ph.D., Graduated Summer 2002

Thesis: "Conductivity Predictions for the 5/2 Fractional Quantum Hall State Using the Composite Fermion Superconductor Model"

Dimitrije Stepanenko, Ph.D., Graduated Summer 2005

Thesis: "Symmetry and Control in Spin-Based Quantum Computing"

Layla Hormozi, Ph.D., Graduated Fall 2007

Thesis: "Topological Quantum Compiling"

Georgios Zikos, Ph.D., Graduated Summer 2009

Thesis: "Braiding and Berry's Phase in Non-Abelian Quantum Hall States"

Huan Tran, Ph.D., Graduated Summer 2010

Thesis: "Entanglement and Bond Fluctuations in Random Singlet Phases"


Robert Cipri, Ph.D., Graduated Summer 2014

Thesis: "Gauge Fields and Composite Fermions in Bilayer Quantum Hall Systems" 


Weibo Feng, Ph.D., Graduated Fall 2015

Thesis: "Non-Abelian Quantum Error Correction" 

Daniel Zeuch, Ph.D., Graduated Summer 2016

Thesis: "Entangling Qubits by Heisenberg Spin Exchange and Anyon Braiding" 


Luis Mendoza, Ph.D., Graduated Spring 2020

Thesis: "Pairing and Pair Breaking in Bilayer Composite Fermion Metals" 




Recent Publications and Preprints

"Efficient Two-Qubit Pulse Sequences Beyond CNOT"
D. Zeuch and N.E. Bonesteel
Phys. Rev. B 102, 075311 (2020).  arXiv:2001.09341, (pdf file)

Some Older Papers

"A Simple Derivation of the Fong-Wandzura Pulse Sequence"
D. Zeuch and N.E. Bonesteel
Phys. Rev. A 93, 010303(R) (2016). arXiv:1508.07524, (pdf file)

"Gauge Fluctuations and Interlayer Coherence in Bilayer Composite Fermion Metals"
R. Cipri and N.E. Bonesteel
Phys. Rev. B 89, 085109 (2014). arXiv:1311.2528, (pdf file)

"Quantum Circuits for Measuring Levin-Wen Operators"
N.E. Bonesteel and D.P. DiVincenzo
Phys. Rev. B 86, 165113 (2012). arXiv:1206.6048, (pdf file)

"Valence Bond Entanglement and Fluctuations in Random Singlet Phases"
H. Tran and N.E. Bonesteel
Phys. Rev. B, 84, 144420 (2011). arXiv:0909.0038, (pdf file)

"Infinite Randomess Fixed Points for Chains of Non-Abelian Quasiparticles"
N.E. Bonesteel and K. Yang
Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 140405 (2007). cond-mat/0612503
, (pdf file)

"Topological Quantum Compiling"
L. Hormozi, G. Zikos, N.E. Bonesteel, and S. H. Simon
Phys. Rev. B 75, 165310 (2007). quant-ph/0610111, (pdf file)

"Braid Topologies for Quantum Computation"
N.E. Bonesteel, L. Hormozi, G. Zikos, and S. H. Simon
Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 140503 (2005). quant-ph/0505065, (pdf file)

"Spin-Orbit Coupling and Time-Reversal Symmetry in Quantum Gates"
D. Stepanenko, N.E. Bonesteel, D.P. DiVincenzo, G. Burkard, and D. Loss
Phys. Rev B 68, 115306 (2003). cond-mat/0303474
, (pdf file)

"Chiral Spin Liquids and Quantum Error-Correcting Codes"
N.E. Bonesteel 
Phys. Rev. A 62, 62310 (2000). quant-ph/0006092
, (pdf file) 

Full Publication List



Some Recent Talks


Designing Two-Qubit Gates for Exchange-Only Quantum Computation

Computational Science Initiative (CSI) Q Seminar,
Brookhaven National Laboratory,

Upton, NY, November 20, 2019.


Simulating Anyons on a Quantum Computer

2018 Center for Integrated Nanotechnology (CINT) Annual Meeting,

Sante Fe, NM, September 24-25, 2018.


Topological Quantum Computation (three tutorial lectures, video online)
Mathematics of Topological Phases of Matter,

Simons Center for Geometry and Physics,

Stony Brook, NY, May 1- June 23, 2017.



FSU Department of Physics

NHMFL Condensed Matter Science