My name is Mike Newman and I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments at Duke University, working with Ken Brown.

My research focus is on quantum information theory.  I’m particularly interested in quantum cryptography and quantum error-correction, specifically topological quantum codes.  In my earlier years, I studied algebraic topology.  You can find my google scholar page here.

I received my PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 2018 under the advisement of Yaoyun Shi and Martin Strauss.  Before that, I received my BA in mathematics from Columbia University in 2012.

In my off time, I enjoy playing soccer, volleyball, and Go.  I was a proud member of the Michigan math department soccer and volleyball intramural teams, both of which won the intramural championships in 2016, but only after I tore my ACL.  My sacrifice spurred them to victory.


Papers and Preprints

Alibaba Cloud Quantum Development Platform: Surface Code Simulations with Crosstalk, with Cupjin Huang, Xiaotong Ni, Fang Zhang, Dawei Ding, Xun Gao, Tenghui Wang, Hui-Hai Zhao, Feng Wu, Gengyan Zhang, Chunqing Deng, Hsiang-Sheng Ku, Jianxin Chen, Yaoyun Shi. Arxiv preprint.

On Optimality of CSS Codes for Transversal T, with Narayanan Rengaswamy, Robert Calderbank, and Henry D. Pfister. Arxiv preprint. Contributed talk at QIP ’20.

Generating Fault-Tolerant Cluster States from Crystal Structures, with Leonardo Andreta de Castro and Kenneth R. Brown. Arxiv preprint. Contributed talk at QIP ’20.

Alibaba Cloud Quantum Development Kit: Large-Scale Classical Simulation of Quantum Circuits, with Fang Zhang, Cupjin Huang, Junjie Cai, Huanjun Yu, Zhengxiong Tian, Bo Yuan, Haihong Xu, Junyin Wu, Xun Gao, Jianxin Chen, Mario Szegedy, Yaoyun Shi. Arxiv preprint.

Handling Leakage with Subsystem Codes, with Natalie C. Brown and Kenneth R. Brown. New J. Phys. 21, 073055 (2019). Contributed talk at QEC ’19.

Explicit Lower Bounds on Strong Simulation of Quantum Circuits in terms of T-gate Count, with Cupjin Huang and Mario Szegedy. Arxiv preprint.

Stabilizer Slicing: Coherent Error Cancellations in LDPC Codes, with Dripto M. Debroy, Muyuan Li, and Kenneth R. Brown.  Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 250502 (2018). Contributed talk at QEC ’19.

2-D Compass Codes, with Muyuan Li, Daniel Miller, Yukai Wu, and Kenneth R. Brown. Phys. Rev. X 9 (2), 021041 (2019).

Classical Simulation of Intermediate-Size Quantum Circuits, with Jianxin Chen, Fang Zhang, Cupjin Huang, and Yaoyun Shi. Arxiv preprint.

Explicit Lower Bounds on Strong Quantum Simulation, with Cupjin Huang and Mario Szegedy. Arxiv preprint. Contributed talk at QIP ’20.

Further Limitations on Information-Theoretically Secure Quantum Homomorphic Encryption, Arxiv preprint.

Limitations on Testing Quantum Theory, with Fang Zhang, Cupjin Huang, Kevin Sung, and Yaoyun Shi. Preprint.  QIP ’17 Poster.

Limitations on Transversal Computation through Quantum Homomorphic Encryption, with Yaoyun Shi.  Quantum Information and Computation, Vol. 18, No. 11&12 (2018) 0927–0948. Contributed talk at QCRYPT ’17.

On the Knot Floer Filtration of the Concordance Group, with Stephen Hancock and Jennifer Hom. Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications, Volume 22, Issue 14.

Free and Very Free Morphisms into a Fermat Hypersurface, with Tabes Bridges, Rankeya Datta, Joseph Eddy, and John Yu. Involve, Journal of Mathematics 6 (4), 437-445.


Selected Talks

Crystalline Cluster States for Topological Measurement-Based Quantum Computing, QIP 2020. January 9th, 2019.

Measurement-Based Fault-Tolerance Using Space Tilings, Google AI Laboratory. December 4th, 2019.

On the Road to a Logical Qubit in an Ion Trap, Alibaba Quantum Laboratory. November 13th, 2019.

A Dynamical Perspective on Quantum Error-Correction, Kavli Quantum Coffee Hour, Duke University. September 30th, 2019.

Crystalline Cluster States for Topological Measurement-Based Quantum Computing, Argonne National Laboratory. September 23rd, 2019.

An Introduction to Surface Code Quantum Computing, STAQ Summer School. June 21st, 2019.

Limitations on Transversal Gates, Quantum Theory Seminar, Duke University. February 8th, 2018.

Secure Delegation of Quantum Computation, Theoretical Computer Science Seminar, University of Michigan. December 8th, 2017.

Quantum Information and Error Correction, Student Applied Math Seminar, University of Michigan. October 13th, 2017.

Limitations on Transversal Computation through Quantum Homomorphic Encryption, QCRYPT ’17, University of Cambridge. September 18th, 2017.

Quantum Coin-Flipping, Quantum Information Processing Seminar, University of Michigan. October 30th, 2014.



I have served as a graduate student instructor for classes ranging in size from 25-100 people in the following courses.

MATH215 (Calculus III), Winter 2015 and Fall 2016, University of Michigan

MATH116 (Calculus II), Fall 2014, University of Michigan.

MATH115 (Calculus I), Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, University of Michigan.

I am not currently teaching.



In the summer of 2018, I interned at the Alibaba Quantum Laboratory in Bellevue, WA.  While I was there, I helped build a tensor network based quantum simulator which drew some attention.  You can find the Wired article about that work here and a translation of the initial Chinese press release here.



You can email me at michael [dot] newman [at] duke [dot] edu. Alternatively, you could drop by my office on the fourth floor of the Chesterfield.