Our second cohort come from a variety of backgrounds and bring with them a wealth of experience and enthusiasm! Find out about our cohort below.
Development of a multiplexed source in compound semiconductors
Geraint graduated from Swansea University in 2012 with a first class MPhys in Physics. His final project was investigating magnetic monopoles as soliton solutions in different theories and attempting to find numerical solutions to some of these theories. He is interested in developing quantum algorithms and working with integrated photonic chips to realise these algorithms. In his spare time, Geraint plays rugby and enjoys playing electric and bass guitar.
Quantum in Molecular Aggregates
Samuel graduated from the University of Oxford in 2015 with a master's degree in Physics and Philosophy. During a final year focussing on quantum information and biological physics, Samuel completed a master's project in the Oxford Optical Quantum Technologies Group under Dr Brian J. Smith. This experimental project measured the purity of a single photon source using the width of the Hong-Ou-Mandel interference dip. During his first year of the QECDT Samuel is looking forward to tackling a theory project, and an experimental project in an unfamiliar area. In his spare time Samuel maintains a keen interest in philosophy, particularly philosophy of science and foundations of quantum mechanics.
The tradeoff between Computational Complexity and Distinguishability in Boson Sampling
Alex originally studied in Computer Science at the University of Bristol, graduating in 2015 with a First Class MEng. Her dissertation, "Dictionary Matching with Fingerprints: An Empirical Analysis", was awarded the department prize for Best MEng Research Project. From her undergraduate studies, her favourite subjects were in the theoretical side of Computer Science and cryptography, which led to her interest in quantum computing and pushed her towards taking this PhD. The areas she is most interested in are quantum cryptography and quantum information. Although she is working primarily in quantum, she still has a fondness for her Computer Science roots, spending her free time programming and learning more about topics such as cloud computing, data science and machine learning.
Quantum metrology applications in optical imaging, with a concentration in bioimaging
Jason Mueller graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 2015 with a BSc in Applied Mathematics and a BSc in Astrophysics, as well as a minor in African and African American Studies. Jason has participated in research since his first year at LSU, from experimental to theoretical. He has worked on high-altitude ballooning experiments, worked as a math tutor, spent a summer performing research at CERN, and worked his final year with Dr. Jonathan Dowling in LSU's Quantum Science and Technologies Group. Graduating with Honors Distinction, his senior research project was on preserving photon qubits in an unknown quantum state with Knill dynamical decoupling. Since moving to Bristol, Jason has begun an active Acroyoga society, as well as become a committee member of the MASS society.
Realisation of an atom frequency comb quantum memory in diamond
Martin studied Physics at Imperial College London, graduating in 2015 with first class MSci degree. Having come from France to study in the UK originally out of an interest in Laser Science, he gradually saw his interests shift slowly to light-matter interaction in general, and in particular within the context of Quantum Technologies. Martin enjoyed his Master's project under Dr Florian Mintert, working on the optimal control of atomic three-level lambda systems. His interests are focused around the coherent control of quantum systems, and the interactions between photons and matter qubits. On the side, he enjoys playing table tennis and the piano, and a never-ending search for good food.
Mid-Infrared Integrated Silicon Quantum Photonics
Lawrence studied at the University of Sheffield where he graduated from his MPhys degree in 2014 with a first class honours. It was during the third year of study that Lawrence's interest in quantum mechanics piqued, whilst instigating the optimisation of photoluminescence signal emitted from semiconductor quantum dots. He worked at the National Physical Laboratory for a summer project studying the radiation patterns produced by antennae. His final year research project was under the supervision of Dr Pieter Kok, which involved looking at the unitary evolution of pure quantum states in Hilbert spaces of varying dimensionality. This was published in Physical Review A. In his free time Lawrence enjoys playing guitar and watching live music.
Fully Integrated Measurement Device Independent Quantum Key Distribution on a Metropolitan Scale Network
Henry graduated with a first class masters in mathematics (MMath) from The University of Nottingham. During his degree, he covered a range of topics spanning quantum information, quantum field theory and relativity. Henry has worked with research groups at both The University of São Paulo, Brazil and The National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan (one of the CDT's partners). The latter involved theoretical work on Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) and their uses as qubits in quantum computation. His research interests are mainly theoretical and include topics such as quantum key distribution (QKD) and quantum algorithms. Outside of university, Henry enjoys scuba diving around the coasts of the UK.
Efficient Spin-Photon Interfaces for distributing entanglement
With an MEng in Electronic Engineering and Nanotechnology, Joe looks forward to contributing his engineering knowledge towards scalable quantum devices on the CDT. Joe was a finalist at the SET awards for his Bachelor’s project realising biodegradable nanowires with Prof Richard Jackman. He spent a summer at CERN designing a graphene-based muon detector, returning to fabricate the first device in the Autumn (http://arxiv.org/abs/1503.06596). His Master’s project with Prof John Morton investigated selenium spin qubits in silicon. In 2014, Joe spent a year as a Kennedy scholar at MIT gaining graduate credits in wide-ranging quantum courses and became a bit of a physicist. 2014 also meant marrying a Norwegian particle physicist he met at CERN and travelling across America on a train. Joe also designed and fabricated resonators for a quantum gyroscope using nitrogen-vacancy centres in diamond with Prof Paola Cappellaro.
Detection of magnetism in novel materials with NV centres
After a B.Sc. in physics at the University of Trento (Italy), Lucio continued his studies and obtained the master’s degree with honours, specialising in nanophotonics. His final project involved the optimisation, fabrication and testing of a novel geometry of optical ring resonator. After the graduation he worked for some months at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento), stuying the design of integrated photonic devices and carrying out XPS analysis. His research interests include classical and quantum optics, with an eye towards towards their technological applications. In his spare time, he loves hiking, cooking, reading and much more.