Our third cohort have now begun year 2 of their programme. Find out more about them below:
Sub-shot noise quantum metrology with squeezed light
George graduated from the University of Bristol in 2016 with a master’s degree in Physics. His background is in experimental optics and his research interests include solid-state quantum information processing and quantum optics. His final year undergraduate project involved observing a phase shift in light scattered from a quantum dot, which is important for achieving an effective spin-photon interface for quantum information processing. In his spare time George enjoys cycling and is a keen musician, playing violin in one of the university orchestras.
Hybrid discrete/continuous variables boson sampling with the inclusion of quantum memories
Rachel graduated from Durham University in 2016 with a first class MSci in mathematics and physics. In her final year project, entitled “Path Integrals and Supersymmetry in Quantum Mechanics”, she employed mathematical techniques to help solve quantum mechanical problems, but has come to Bristol to extend her quantum mechanics knowledge to practical applications. Very much a theorist, Rachel is hoping to use the opportunities in the CDT to explore many areas of quantum engineering, including experimental work, before focusing her research interests. In her spare time, she enjoys developing her circus skills, whether it is aerial silks, hoop or trapeze, juggling or poi spinning, as well as pole fitness and playing table tennis.
Will graduated from Durham University with a masters degree in Physics (MPhys). In his final year he worked with Dr Chris Saunter on Modelling Biological Computers Inside Cells. This involved creating a simulation of IP3R interactions within cells, and investigating arrangements in space to recreate digital logic. He also worked with Dr Drew Purves of Microsoft Research in developing a predictiveuy model of animal movement for use within the group’s larger Madingley Model. His main interests in the CDT are simulation, quantum algorithms and machine learning, though he is also looking forward to trying some experimental work. In his spare time, Will is a keen cyclist and decidedly amateur swimmer.
Quantum Communication Complexity
Joao graduated from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil) in 2013 as the first of his class with a BSc in Physics. After some undergraduate research projects on number theory and cosmology, he moved on to quantum mechanics in his Masters, which was finished in 2016. His project focused on time discrete quantum walks. More specifically, the aim of the dissertation was to theoretically study a system composed of a superconducting qubit coupled to a mechanical resonator wherein it is expected to simulate a quantum walk. In his spare time, Joao dares to write random texts. He is also especially keen on reading. Favourite book? Love in the time of cholera.
Device independent quantum random number generation
After his undergraduate studies in Physics, Giorgos continued with a MSc in Theoretical and Particle Physics at the University of Athens, where he graduated in 2015 with first class honors. During his Master thesis he worked under the supervision of Professors A. Karanikas and F. Diakonos. He investigated the mixed state entanglement between two spin qubits interacting through an anisotropic XY chain in the presence of external magnetic field and in equilibrium with a thermal bath. Giorgos's main research interests are quantum vs classical correlations, nonlocality and decoherence.
Quantum Hamiltonian Learning as a bridge from ideal physical models to real experiments
In 2015/16, Brian completed an MSc in High Performance Computing with Data Science from the University of Edinburgh, completing a dissertation project entitled “Analysing Players in Online Games”. Here he built a logistic regression modelling framework to predict revenue and retention of individual players, based on the specifications of the game developer. In 2015 he graduated with a degree in Theoretical Physics from Trinity College Dublin, where he wrote a thesis called “A Mathematical Introduction to Quantum Computing”. He has twice interned at Google’s EU Headquarters in Dublin, working on data analysis projects. Brian plays piano and guitar, as well as Gaelic Football in his spare time.
Gate-based single-shot readout of electron-spin qubits in CMOS devices
David studied Physics at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 2016 with a first class MPhys degree. A strong interest in technology led him to a final year research project investigating the multiferroic perovskite BiFeO3, a multi-functional material with potential applications in future RAM designs and micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). This involved visits to the XMaS beamline at the ESRF in France to perform X-ray diffraction and ferroelectric hysteresis measurements, an experience which augmented his enthusiasm for studying a PhD. He has always found Quantum Physics to be one of the most fascinating areas and looks forward to combining the two interests at the QE-CDT, with the aspiration to invent. A keen adventurer, his travel highlights include Egypt, Uganda, South Korea and interrailing across Europe. His other interests include snowboarding and music.
Quantum Lagrangian Learning
Konstantina graduated from the University of Warwick in 2016 with a master degree in Mathematics and Physics. During her final year she completed a project in particle physics under the supervision of professor Tim Gershon which resulted in the discovery of a new B meson decay mode with the CERN LHCb experiment. She also represented Warwick at iGEM (The International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition) 2016 in Boston as part of a team where the software she developed received a nomination for Best Software Tool and the team received a silver medal. She became interested in quantum engineering recently so she is keen to explore as many aspects of it as possible. As a person with mostly theoretical background she is also excited to spend time in the lab. In her spare time she practices aerial and pole dance with her highest achievement being bronze medal in the IUPDC (Inter-University Pole Dance Competition) 2015, individual intermediate category.
Characterising and controlling nuclear spins in quantum dots
Joseph graduated from the University of Bristol with first class honours in MSci Physics in 2016. His final year project was under the supervision of Dr Ruth Oulton, and involved the design and implementation of custom lab instrumentation using FPGA technology for performing time-tagging in a quantum optics experiment.
In the summer of 2015 he undertook a two month internship investigating naturally-occurring photonic crystal structures in biological systems, and developed a software application to automate angle-resolved measurements of reflection and transmission spectra. His interests lie primarily in quantum information processing and quantum computer architecture.
Jorge Monroy Ruz
Integrated Nanodiamond Photonic Circuits
Jorge graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a master's degree in Physical Sciences in 2016. Since the beginning of his understanding of quantum physics, Jorge got interested in the possibilities that quantum technologies could provide. Under supervision of Dr. Karina Garay-Palmett at Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE), he studied novel schemes of Spontaneous Four Wave Mixing (SFWM) on optical fibres in order to produced useful photon pair sources with diverse spectral and spatial correlations. He also helped in the experimental implementation of many of those sources with Dr. Alfred U'Ren in the Quantum Optics Laboratory of the Nuclear Science Institute in UNAM. In his free time Jorge enjoys watching live music.
Simulating Models on the boundary of quantum physics
Ross graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 2016 with a BA in Physics and Computer Science. In his third year, he did a literature review on ‘Superconducting Quantum Computers’, which made him interested in doing research in either quantum technology or quantum information. He is due to graduate with an MSc in Gravity, Particles and Fields from the University of Nottingham in December. At Nottingham, he did a dissertation entitled ‘Weak measurements: A New Paradigm in Quantum Theory?’ In his spare time, he enjoys playing piano, clarinet and organ as well as singing.
Design of Programming Strategies in Quantum Annealing for Machine Learning and Optimisation Problems
Max was awarded an MSci in Physics by UCL in 2015. After studying the field of quantum computing and having a passion for physics reignited during project work with Professor Andrew Fisher exploring the dynamics of Holmium ions in LiHoF, he worked in a lab with Dr Guy Matmon at London Centre for Nanotechnology working with bulk optics before applying to the Bristol Quantum Engineering programme with an interest in Linear Optical Quantum Computing and a particular focus on industry research. He looks forward to being part of the scientific movement of the development of quantum technologies globally and admires the exciting work that is being done to solve the hardest engineering problem of the 21st century. He likes pun humour, salsa and sharing and exploring ideas with others.