Center for Computing Research (CCR)

Center for Computing Research

Andrew David Baczewski

Andrew David Baczewski
Quantum Computer Science
Phone: 505/844-7817
Fax: 505/844-2623

Mailing address:
Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800, MS 1323
Albuquerque, NM

I am a computational physicist interested in all aspects of many-body quantum systems. I apply my research to basic material and chemical sciences, as well as quantum information science. More details of my interests follow:

  • Electronic structure: The atoms that make up most of the things we interact with in our day-to-day lives are comprised of negatively charged electrons and positively charged nuclei. The interactions between these subatomic constituents govern nearly all of chemistry, and we have an enormously successful theory for describing these interactions - quantum mechanics. I solve these fundamental laws using a variety of computational methods, including density functional theory and quantum Monte Carlo. I have studied many different phenomena with these methods, including phase transitions at high pressure, the chemical bonding that holds together two-dimensional materials, and impurities in semiconductors.
  • Quantum dynamics: An unusually successful paradigm in experimental science is to probe a system under study with a well-characterized probe, and to simply watch what happens in response. I try to replicate this process computationally, and have worked on problems ranging from inelastic x-ray scattering spectroscopies for warm dense matter to the control of qubits comprised of quantum dots and single nuclear spins.         
  • Numerical method development: To study increasingly large systems or to rapidly generate data sets on which to do statistics, it is important to make sure that these algorithms are computationally efficient. To ensure that we get meaningful data out of the solution of complicated equations on high performance computing platforms, it is also critical to understand that the algorithms used are mathematically accurate.  Numerical method development is the science of creating and implementing such fast and accurate algorithms. I have worked on numerical method development in numerous areas, ranging from classical and quantum molecular dynamics to computational electromagnetics.


  • 2013 - Ph.D., Michigan State University, Physics & Electrical Engineering, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 
  • 2007 - B.S., Michigan State University, Electrical Engineering


Selected Publications & Presentations

  • Baczewski, Andrew David, "Transport properties in warm dense matter using time-dependent density functional theory," Presentation, (Invited) Telluride Science Research Center Workshop on Nonequilibrium Phenomena, Nonadiabatic Dynamics and Spectroscopy , July 2019.
  • Baczewski, Andrew David, "Useful quantum simulation How classical and quantum computers can team up to tackle matters of substance," Presentation, (Invited) ORNL Quantum Computing User's Forum, April 2019.
  • Baczewski, Andrew David, "Making theory work for experiment: Time-dependent density functional theory in the warm dense regime," Presentation, (Invited) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory High Energy Density Sciences Center Seminar Series, June 2018.
  • Baczewski, Andrew David, Rohith Vudatha, Peter Anand Sharma, Daniel Robert Ward, Noah Tobias Jacobson, Wayne Witzel, Malcolm S Carroll, Ryan Michael Jock, "Towards a disorder model for the Si/SiO2 interface," Poster, Silicon Quantum Electronics Workshop 2018, November 2018.
  • Baczewski, Andrew David, "Useful quantum simulation: How classical and quantum computers can team up to tackle matters of substance," Presentation, (Invited) Colloquium, Center for Quantum Information and Control, University of New Mexico, November 2018.
  • Baczewski, Andrew David, "Warm Dense Matter: What theory is telling experiment, what theory could be telling experiment, and why method developers should care," Presentation, (Invited) 2018 Joint ICTP-IAEA School and Workshop on Fundamental Methods for Atomic, Molecular and Materials Properties in Plasma Environments, April 2018.
  • Chou, C.-T., Noah Tobias Jacobson, Jonathan E Moussa, Andrew David Baczewski, Y. Chuang, C.-Y. Liu, J.-Y. Li, Tzu-Ming Lu, "Weak anti-localization of two-dimensional holes in germanium beyond the diffusive regime," Journal Article, Nanoscale, Vol. 10, p. 20559, Accepted/Published September 2018.
  • Jock, Ryan Michael, Noah Tobias Jacobson, Patrick Harvey-Collard, Andrew Mounce, Vanita Srinivasa, Daniel Robert Ward, John Moses Anderson, Ronald P. Manginell, Joel R. Wendt, Martin Rudolph, Tammy Pluym, John King Gamble, Andrew David Baczewski, Wayne Witzel, Malcolm S. Carroll, "A silicon metal-oxide-semiconductor electron spin-orbit qubit," Journal Article, Nature Communications, Vol. 9, p. 1768, Accepted/Published May 2018.
  • Baczewski, Andrew David, "Recent Developments in Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory of Warm Dense Matter," Presentation, DESY Photon Science Users' Meeting, invited talk, January 2017.
  • Baczewski, Andrew David, "Warm dense matter: opportunities and challenges for TDDFT," Presentation, Invited talk at Telluride Science Research Center workshop on Excited States, July 2017.
  • Baczewski, Andrew David, "X-Ray Thomson Scattering in Warm Dense Matter without the Chihara Decomposition," Presentation, 2017 European XFEL Users' Meeting, invited talk, January 2017.
  • Baczewski, Andrew David, "X-Ray Thomson Scattering without the Chihara Decomposition," Presentation, University of Rostock Physics Colloquium, invited talk, January 2017.