Max Werninghaus, IBM Research Zurich
Max Werninghaus, IBM Research Zurich


Max Werninghaus is currently working on optimal control of superconducting qubits at the Quantum Technologies department of IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland.

This project is a collaboration with the quantum and solid state theory group of Saarland University, where Max is enrolled as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Frank Wilhelm-Mauch. Max’ interest in quantum physics got started during his Master studies, when he focussed his courses and work towards the research of quantum systems and quantum information. For his Master Thesis Max worked on the precision control of cold atoms trapped in optical lattices, as part of an experimental discrete time quantum simulator setup in the group of Prof. Meschede at the University of Bonn where he obtained his Master in Physics in May 2017. He continued working as scientific assistant until May 2018 when he joined IBM Research and the Saarland University as part of the Marie Curie European Training Network QuSCo.


  • D. Egger, M. Werninghaus “Pulsed reset protocol for fixed-frequency superconducting qubits”, Phys. Rev. Applied 10, 044030 (2018) arXiv:1802.08980
  • M. Werninghaus, D. J. Egger, F. Roy, S. Machnes, F. K. Wilhelm, S. Filipp, “Leakage reduction in fast superconducting qubit gates via optimal control.” arXiv:2030.05952
  • M. Ganzhorn, G. Salis, D. J. Egger, A. Fuhrer, M. Mergenthaler, C. Müller, P. Müller, S. Paredes, M. Pechal, M. Werninghaus, S. Filipp “Benchmarking the noise sensitivity of different parametric two-qubit gates in a single superconducting quantum computing platform” arXiv:2005.05696
  • M. Pechal, G. Salis, M. Ganzhorn, D. J. Egger, M. Werninghaus, S. Filipp “Characterization and tomography of a hidden qubit” arXiv:2011.08987

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