I am a theoretical physicist with interest in quantum optics and its use in quantum information processing. The physical laws governing individual particles of light—photons—and their interaction with matter are strange and counterintuitive. Yet, we can use them for secure communication or to solve problems that are too complex for standard, classical computers.
I focus particularly on two research directions: superconducting quantum devices and optomechanical (or electromechanical) systems. Superconducting electrical circuits exhibit strong nonlinearities which are important for fully harnessing the power of quantum physics in information processing. I want to understand how we can best use them to prepare interesting nonclassical states of microwave fields. Mechanical resonators, on the other hand, are interesting because they easily couple to a range of different physical systems. This feature makes them ideal for sensing weak external forces and fields or for transfusing quantum information between disparate physical systems (such as microwaves and light). My goal is to understand how the combination of mechanical resonators and strong nonlinearities in superconducting devices can bring new effects and strategies for emerging quantum technologies.
In my blog, I occasionally try to bring the world of science (not only the quantum physics I deal with but also all other parts of a scientist’s life, such as administration, teaching, or conference participation) to as wide an audience as possible. Partly because I believe that since it is the public that funds mu work, everyone has the right to know what I am doing (and scientific papers—even when freely available—are inaccessible for most). But mostly because my work is fun and takes me on fascinating journeys every day.
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