Over 300 student competitors participated in the 2021 Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Virtual Congress and Best Student Presentation Competition in June, including two IQC members who won across different categories.
Nikhil Kotibhaskar, a PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, won first place in the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Canada division of the 2021 CAP Divisional Student Presentation Awards. He then went on to win the CAP Best Overall Student Oral Presentation Awards for his presentation, “Towards a large scale fully programable trapped ion quantum simulator.”
“It’s an honour to win this award, and I have to acknowledge my supervisor Rajibul Islam, who’s feedback helped me cater my presentation to a wider audience” said Nikhil. His presentation revealed how the Quantum Information with Trapped Ions group at IQC works to simulate quantum systems with individually trapped and controlled ions.
IQC was also represented in other categories.
PhD student Stephen Harrigan’s poster presentation “Microwave resonators for global control of electron spins qubits” placed first in the Condensed Matter and Materials Physics division and then third in the Best Overall Student Poster Presentation Awards.
IQC was proud to sponsor the Best Overall Student Poster Presentation Awards.