Monika Aidelsburger
Victor Albert
Monica Allen
Kristi Beck
Shantanu Debnath
Ana Asenjo Garcia
Akihisa Goban
Luis A. Jauregui

Klaus D. Jöns
Angela Kou
Michael Kues
Renate Landig
Joseph Lukens
Anja Metelmann
Julia Mundy
Irina Novikova

Marina Radulaski
Daniel Oblak
Amir Safavi-Naeini
Javier Sanchez-Yamagishi
Lea Santos
Alp Sipahigil
Robert Stockill
Jordi Tura

Monika Aidelsburger, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Monika Aidelsburger pictureI am a Senior Scientist at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. In our labs we investigate quantum many-body physics with ultracold atoms in optical lattices. In particular I am interested in the study of topological manybody physics. In the past we have successfully generated topological band structures using Floquet engineering and have studied its properties in the weakly interacting regime. One of our main research goals is to combine these techniques with high-resolution single-atom control and detection and use these recently developed technologies to enter and explore the exotic properties of interacting topological quantum states.

Victor Albert, California Institute of Technology

Victor Allen PictureVictor successfully defended his thesis on February 24, 2017, joined Liang Jiang’s group at Yale in 2011 after undergraduate studies in Physics and Math at the University of Florida where he simulated Fullerene molecules as a research project in computational physical chemistry. At YQI, Victor worked on the theoretical side of quantum information. It is typical in experimental quantum physics to try to isolate quantum states from their environment as much as possible in order to avoid their destruction (and therefore any loss of information) by external excitations. Victor’s theoretical work allows us to understand to what extent the same destructive environment could be used to control quantum states and their encoded quantum information. By studying the Lindblad master equation, Victor can help predict from the system initial position whether or not it will remain in a quantum state (as opposed to decohering and losing its quantum information). In some cases, as the environment is taken into account in the calculation, the quantumness of the initial state is preserved and so the environment is no longer a bug but a feature! This work allows to take one step closer toward the creation of quantum computers.

Victor is now at IQIM as a Burke Fellow under the direction of John Preskill in California. In this new group, Victor works on quantum error correction and wants to find the right balance between abstract and applied.

Monica Allen, Stanford University

Monica Allen pictureMonica Allen is an Urbanek Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Her research aims to combine microwave impedance microscopy with electronic transport measurements to spatially visualize topological states and utilize them for solid state realizations of quantum information processing. Monica completed her PhD in Physics at Harvard University in Prof. Amir Yacoby's lab, where she studied quantum phenomena in graphene devices using a combination of nanofabrication and electronic transport measurements. Prior to graduate school, she completed her BA in Physics at Harvard College.

Kristi Beck, Joint Quantum Institute

Kristi Beck pictureKristi Beck is a Joint Quantum Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in the Trapped Ion Quantum Information Group at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. Her research interests include quantum control and applying the techniques of laser cooling and trapping to quantum computing, quantum limited measurement and quantum simulation. She has explored these interests in a variety of experimental systems, including ions trapped in RF potentials (her current work), thermal atoms in an optical resonator, superconducting qubits and degenerate gases of ultracold atoms. Kristi received her Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, her M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge in 2010 and her B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Mathematics summa cum laude from the University of Rochester in 2009. Kristi has received many awards and fellowships including an IGERT traineeship in quantum information science (2009-2015), an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2009-2014), a Winston Churchill Scholarship (2009) and a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (2007). Outside of her research, Kristi mentors undergraduate women in physics through with University of Maryland’s Women in Physics.

Shantanu Debnath, University of California, Berkeley

Shantanu Debnath pictureShantanu received his Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2009. He then pursued graduate studies at JQI-University of Maryland where he worked with Chris Monroe on trapped Ytterbium ion experiments. During this period he developed techniques to perform entangling operations on targeted pairs of ions in a chain and subsequently constructed a fully programmable ve-qubit quantum computer. He was selected as a finalist at the Deborah Jin Award for outstanding doctoral thesis research in AMO physics. In 2017 he joined Dan Stamper-Kurn's group at UC Berkeley and is currently working on developing a cavity mediated many-body interacting system of ultracold Rubidium atoms with tunability at the single particle level.

Ana Asenjo Garcia, California Institute of Technology

Ana Asenjo Garcia pictureI was born in Pamplona, a small city in the north of Spain. I discovered physics in high school, and I have been pretty much hooked since then. Despite the advice of my parents, who wanted me to become something more “useful”, like a doctor or an engineer, I moved to Madrid in 2004 to major in physicsat the Universidad Complutense. After my bachelor studies, I also finished a master in theoretical physics. It was then that I became interested in quantum optics. In September 2010, I started my PhD in the Spanish Research Council under the direction of Prof. Javier García de Abajo, an expert in nanophotonics. My PhD work was focused on the theoretical study of the interaction of light and electron beams with metallic nanoparticles. I finished my PhD in September 2014, and decided that I wanted to change the field of my research. I then started a brief postdoc in the group of Prof. Darrick Chang at ICFO, who works at the interface between quantum optics and photonics. These few months helped me to improve my understanding of atomic physics and quantum non-linear optics, and were the perfect launching platform for my ensuing move to Caltech in the summer of 2015, as an IQIM fellow (and later, as a Marie Curie fellow). At Caltech, I work with the group of Prof. Jeff Kimble, who is interested in coupling atoms to the guided modes of photonic crystals. While I am a theoretician, I deeply enjoy the opportunity to work in such close proximity with experimentalists. My current interests lie at the interface between quantum optics, atomic physics, and nanophotonics. In particular, my research now focuses on the physics of collective atomic interactions. Recently, I have been exploring how interactions that are typically neglected can dramatically improve the fidelity of quantum memories. These interactions actually constitute a rich many-body physics problem, with implications that branch out from quantum information science to quantum non-linear optics. Moreover, I am now working on understanding similar physics on a different platform: superconducting qubits coupled to transmission lines. In my free time I like spending time with my husband –who is also a physicist– and my two cats, and also reading and running.

Akihisa Goban, University of Colorado

Akihisa Goban pictureAkihisa Goban received his PhD degree in Physics from California Institute of Technology in 2015. His doctoral work was based on interfacing atoms with nano-photonic waveguides under the supervision of H. Jeff Kimble, including nanofiber based atom-photon quantum interfaces and the band-edge enhanced strong coupling for cold atoms trapped along photonic  crystal waveguides. Subsequently, he joined Jun Ye group at JILA/NIST CU boulder with Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship. His research is focused on building a next-generation 3D optical lattice clock with Fermidegenerate gas and its application to study many-body physics with SU(N) symmetry.

Luis A. Jauregui, Harvard University

Luis A. JaureguiDr. Luis A. Jauregui is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics at Harvard University working under the direction of Prof. Philip Kim in collaboration with Hongkun Park and Mikhail Lukin groups. Dr. Jauregui’s research focuses on the experimental investigation of optoelectronic properties in van der Waals heterostructures from two dimensional layered materials. Dr. Jauregui earned his Ph.D. in the area of micro and nanotechnology from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University in 2016. For his PhD studies, Dr. Jauregui worked under the guidance of Prof. Yong P. Chen and Prof. Leonid Rokhinson in the electron transport of topological quantum materials. He was the recipient of the Purdue Research Foundation Fellowships 2013 – 2015 and the Intel Ph.D. fellowship for the years 2012 – 2013. Dr. Jauregui earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National University of Engineering in Lima, Peru in 2007.

Klaus D. Jöns, Kungl Tekniska Högskolan

Klaus Jöns pictureKlaus D. Jöns studied physics with a focus on nano-optics and nano-photonics as well as semiconductor physics at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. In 2013 he obtained his doctoral degree in physics investigating the ‘Optical and quantum optical properties of site-controlled and strain-tuned quantum dots’ in the group of Peter Michler at the University of Stuttgart. Afterwards he joined the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft, The Netherlands, as a postdoc to work on ‘quantum optics with semiconductor nanowires’. In 2015 he received a Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral individual fellowship to move to KTH Stockholm, Sweden. His current research focuses on solid-state single and entangled photon sources for on-chip and long-range photonic quantum information processing.

Angela Kou, Yale University

Angela Kou pictureAngela graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Physics in 2008 and from Harvard University with a PhD in physics in 2013. While at Harvard, she investigated the microscopic properties of the fractional quantum Hall e ect using interferometry and scanning probe microscopy with Professor Charlie Marcus and Professor Amir Yacoby. She is currently a postdoc in the lab of Professor Michel Devoret at Yale where she works on the uxonium project. Her interests are in topological phases of matter and quantum computation.

Michael Kues, Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Michael Kues pictureMichael Kues, PhD., is an early-career researcher. He received his Diploma and PhD. in Physics (full honors) in 2013 from the University of Münster, Germany. Supported by a scholarship from the government of Quebec (Canada), he began his integrated quantum optics work in 2014 at the National Scientific Research Institute – Energy, Materials, and Telecommunications (INRSEMT) in Montreal, Canada, where currently holds a Marie Skłodowska–Curie Individual Fellowship (in collaboration with the University of Glasgow) and is leading the nonlinear integrated quantum optics sub-group of Prof. Morandotti’s research lab. Dr. Kues is interested in a broad and interdisciplinary range of topics in the field of photonics, with his past research exploring nonlinear dynamics in optical passive systems, the light transport in randomized optical structures, and the physics of nonlinear optical processes in integrated optical systems. In his current research, he focuses on the development and realization of compact integrated optical quantum systems and studies new and scalable optical approaches for future and present practical quantum information processing.

Renate Landig, Harvard University

Renate Landig pictureDuring her bachelors, Renate Landig's interest for quantum optics experiments arose and she spent two semester breaks in a high precision spectroscopy lab to gain insight into this research eld. Strongly encouraged by this rst lab experience, she spent her two master years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she did not only deepen her building skills, but also got the chance to run a whole quantum optics experiment herself. The great experience culminated in the observation of a novel quantum phenomenon involving an ensemble of Cs atoms strongly coupled to a high- nesse cavity. Equipped with theoretical and experimental knowledge on cavity quantum electrodynamics, she chose to spent her Ph.D. on another world-wide leading cavity experiment, this time combined with ultracold atoms, which allows to study quantum many-body physics. This gave her the chance to learn all the relevant experimental techniques to produce a quantum degenerate gas of Rb-87, but also to develop new diagnostics tools for quantum many-body phases based on quantum optical techniques. Moreover, she acquired tools to calculate theoretical predictions about the experimentally implemented quantum many-body models. Her Ph.D. thesis was rewarded with the prestigious ETH metal.
For her postdoc, she decided to take a step aside from the eld of cavity quantum electro-dynamics and ultracold atoms and turn towards atom-like systems in solid state, in particular nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers in diamond. Besides isolated atoms, NV diamond systems o er one of the most promising approaches for achieving coherent control and developing quantum technologies. The eld of NV diamond systems, though young, is rapidly expanding into many di erent areas of research, from fundamental physics to biomedicine. The group of Prof. Lukin at Harvard University stands in the forefront of the NV diamond eld, demonstrating many breakthroughs of this technology for quantum information science and biomedical imaging. Equipped with a fellowship from the Swiss National Science foundation, she has started her research at Harvard University one year ago. Due to the simplicity of the experimental setups compared to cold atoms experiments and the similar tools and techniques used on all experiments, she is currently conducting two experiments on very di erent topics. The former allows her to continue research in the eld of quantum many-body systems by studying non-equilibrium phases in a dipolar, disordered many-body spin system. The latter consists of more applied and cross-disciplinary research on biomedical imaging, using NV nanodiamonds as temperature sensors to study early cell embryogenesis in C. elegans worms via local heating. This research opportunity allows her to strongly broaden her horizon and give her invaluable insight into open questions and missing diagnostics tools in other areas of research. Acquiring expertise on a different experimental system for studying dynamics of many-body systems, will give her later on the unique exibility to address many open questions in condensed matter physics. Furthermore, the broad applicability of the NV diamond system will stimulate new interdisciplinary research elds. In her free time, Renate Landig is a passionate sailor, but also enjoys onshore sports such as running, cycling and hiking. Besides, she relaxes by playing the piano or by painting watercolor.

Joseph Lukens, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Purdue University
PhD, Electrical Engineering - 2015

The University of Alabama
BS, Electrical Engineering and Physics - 2011

Anja Metelmann, Princeton University

Anja Metelmann pictureAnja Metelmann is an associate research scholar at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. In 2012, she received her PhD in Physics from the Technical University Berlin in Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Tobias Brandes. Before she moved to Princeton in 2015, she held a postdoctoral position in the group of Prof. Aashish Clerk at the Physics Department of McGill University in Montreal. Anja Metelmann's research interests lay in the fundamental aspects and applications of superconducting circuits and mechanical systems in the quantum regime. Her current research focuses on the theory of nonreciprocal photon propagation in open quantum systems via reservoir engineering.

Julia Mundy, University of California, Berkeley

Julia Mundy pictureJulia A. Mundy is the President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and an affiliated researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her research uses advanced thin film deposition and electron microscopy to design, synthesize and characterize complex oxide heterostructures with picoscale resolution. Julia earned an A.B. in Chemistry and Physics and an A.M. in Chemistry from Harvard University. She received her PhD in Applied Physics from Cornell University where she was a National Science Foundation and National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow working in the groups of Professor David Muller and Professor Darrell Schlom. She has also been recognized by the Materials Research Society, the American Physical Society/American Institute of Physics and the Microbeam Analysis Society. In January 2018, Julia will join the physics department at Harvard University as an assistant professor.

Irina Novikova, College of William & Mary

Irina Novikova pictureIrina Novikova has earned her undergraduate Diploma in physics from Moscow State Engineering-Physics Institute in 1998. She then moved to US to continue her graduate education at the Texas A&M University under the supervision of Prof. George R. Welch. After obtaining her Ph.D. in experimental AMO physics in 2003, she spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, working with Prof. Ron Walsworth. In 2006 she joined the physics faculty at the College of William&Mary, where she is now an associate professor. Irina’s research is focused on investigation of coherent light-atom interactions and their applications for quantum optics, precision metrology and telecommunications.

Marina Radulaski, Stanford University

Marina Radulaski pictureMarina Radulaski is a Nano- and Quantum Science and Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Ginzton Laboratory where she investigates quantum optics and scalable solid-state photonics. She obtained a PhD in Applied Physics at Stanford University under the supervision of Prof. Jelena Vuckovic, a BSc/MSc in Physics at the University of Belgrade, and a BSc/MSc in Computer Science at the Union University, Serbia. She was awarded a Stanford Graduate Fellowship, the Stanford Applied Physics Honorary Commencement Speakership, the best physics thesis award at the University of Belgrade, and was featured in the Scientific American among 30-Under-30 Up and Coming Physicists in 2012. Marina has vast international experience from her research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Hewlett-Packard Labs, Oxford University, the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna, Helmholtz Center Berlin, the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Science, and the Institute of Physics Belgrade. In addition to research, Marina is passionate about scientific outreach and community organizing.

Daniel Oblak, University of Calgary

Daniel Oblak pictureDaniel Oblak completed his Master’s degree in physics and mathematics from Aarhus University with his thesis work on quantum non‐demolition measurements of laser‐cooled Caesium atoms. This research would continue into his Ph.D. with Prof. Eugene Polzik at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, and eventually lead to the demonstration of spin–squeezing on the atomic clock–transition. During his Ph.D. Daniel also visited the quantum atom and optics group at Australian National University. Following his Ph.D. Daniel was awarded a two‐year Carlsberg Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and joined the Quantum Cryptography and Communication (QC2) labs of Prof. Wolfgang Tittel at the University of Calgary. In Calgary, he began working on quantum memory implementations using cryogenically cooled rare‐earth ion doped materials and was part of several important demonstrations including the first storage of entanglement in a solid–state material and the development of a quantum repeater architecture based on spectral multiplexing. Over time his research involvement branched into other aspects of quantum communication and networks including components such photon sourcing and detectors and optical to RF transducers. As a postdoc Daniel was on the board of the Posdoctoral Association for several years and served as a representative to the University of Calgary's governing council as well as other committees. Currently he has a position of senior research coordinator for the QC2 labs and in addition to being involved in the research activities also assists with grant development and budgeting, liasing with collaborators, lab administration and management, etc. The overreaching aim of the lab is to develop and demonstrate all the components necessary for building long–distance quantum networks. One milestone on the path to that goal was the successful teleportation over several kilometers in an urban fibre–optic network.

Amir Safavi-Naeini, Stanford University

Amir Safavi-Naeini pictureAmir Safavi-Naeini received his B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2008, spending his work terms at Blackberry, Altera, and the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology in 2013 in the group of Oskar Painter working on optomechanical structures and then worked on microwave superconducting qubits in the group of Andreas Wallraff. Since September 2014, Amir has been an Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He has been awarded the Terman and Hellman fellowships.

Javier Sanchez-Yamagishi, Harvard University

Javier Sanchez-Yamagishi pictureJavier Sanchez-Yamagishi is a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Quantum Optics Center working in the groups of Mikhail Lukin and Hongkun Park. His research focuses on applying diamond NV center magnetometry to study condensed matter systems. For his PhD, he studied electronic transport in graphene at high magnetic fields.

Lea Santos, Yeshiva University

Lea Santos pictureLea F. Santos concluded her PhD in theoretical physics in 2000 at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. After postdoctoral positions in the United States at Yale University, Michigan State University, and Dartmouth College, she joined Yeshiva University in New York City in 2007 and
was promoted to full professor in 2014. Her research focuses on many-body quantum systems with emphasis on the characterization and control of their dynamical properties, the onset of chaos and thermalization, and the metal-insulator transition. She is a KITP and Cottrell Scholar, has served in the LeRoy Apker award and the Forum of Physics and Society committees of the American Physical Society, was a member of the U.S. delegation to the 3rd IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics, and has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and Research Corporation.

Alp Sipahigil, Harvard University

Alp Sipahigil pictureAlp Sipahigil was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1987. He received B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, in 2010, and the Ph.D. degree in physics from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, in 2017. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Mikhail Lukin’s lab in the Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. In September 2017, he will join Oskar Painter’s group at Caltech as an IQIM postdoctoral scholar.

Robert Stockill, University of Cambridge

Robert Stockhill pictureI gained my undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Oxford, where I was introduced to experimental quantum optics in the ion trapping group of David Lucas. I then moved to the University of Cambridge, and to solid-state qubit definitions for my doctoral degree under the supervision of Mete Atatüre, on networking electron spins confined to self-assembled quantum dots. I received a Doctoral Prize from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for the work contributing to my PhD which has supported me in building on my previous work towards realising highly entangled optical states from distant entangled spins.
In my current research I work on linking spins confined to optically-active quantum dots into distributed entangled states, directly demonstrating the fundamental steps necessary for the construction of optical quantum networks. Outcomes of my work towards this important goalinclude the generation of entanglement between electron spins confined to distant quantum dots, and the realisation of the first coupling between different single quantum systems, an InGaAs quantum dot and a trapped ytterbium ion. An additional focus of my research is reaching the limits of central spin coherence in these nanostructures, both through decoupling and active engineering of the spin environment.

Jordi Tura, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

Jordi Tura pictureI am Jordi Tura, I Brugués. I was born in Girona (Spain) the 22nd of April of 1987. I simultaneously studied Mathematics and Telecommunication Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. After an inspiring Summer Fellowship at ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Barcelona) in Maciej Lewenstein’s group I finished my M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Photonics with him. My research was focused on the characterization of entanglement and quantum correlations under symmetries. Also, during my Ph.D. I was awarded a Max Planck – Prince of Asturias Award mobility grant allowing me to visit for 2 months the group of Ignacio Cirac, where I have started a postdoctoral position.
My current research interests combine various disciplines: I want to bring together the quantum information insights gained during my PhD with the world leading expertise on tensor networks of Cirac’s group, applying both to the exciting field of quantum machine learning. I am currently pursuing these goals as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow.

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