People

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Chris Wilson
Principle Investigator

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Christopher Wilson joined the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) in 2012 as an a Associate Professor. He has a joint appointment with the Electrical & Computer Engineering department.
He received his BS in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1996. There he performed undergraduate research on the role of nonlinear dynamics in the nervous system. He received his PhD in Physics from Yale University in 2002. His dissertation focused on the development of single-photon spectrometers using superconducting tunnel junctions. He then worked at Yale as the W.M. Keck Postdoctoral Fellow performing research on quantum computation and information processing using superconducting single-electronics. In 2004, he moved to Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, later becoming an Assistant Professor in 2007 and an Associate Professor in 2011. At the University of Waterloo, he plans to continue his work on quantum information, microwave quantum optics, and nonlinear dynamics.


Pol Forn Diaz
Postdoc

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Pol is an experimental physicist interested in studying the interaction between light and matter in different physical systems. In his current assignment as a postdoctoral researcher, he uses superconducting quantum circuits and microwave fields to study unexplored domains of quantum optics. Previously he worked on manipulating ensembles of trapped neutral atoms interacting with the propagating mode of a photonic crystal waveguide. His fascination with light-matter coupling started during my PhD where he used a superconducting qubit to couple to a resonator in the ultrastrong coupling regime. This was the first observation of this regime of light-matter interaction. His work orbits around the quantum science and emerging quantum technologies. Follow Pol at, http://community.iqc.uwaterloo.ca/pforndia/Home.html


Ibrahim Nsanzineza
Postdoc

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Ibrahim Nsanzineza joined EQSL in march 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2005 he received his BSc in Physics and Chemistry with minor in science teaching from Kigali Institute of Education (KIE), where he afterward worked as a tutorial assistant in the department of physics. In 2008 he received his MSc diploma in mathematical sciences from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He then pursued his graduate studies in the US where he received his MSc (May 2010) and then Ph.D. (December 2015) in experimental condensed matter physics at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. His MSc studies focused on quantum coherence and vortex dynamics in nanostructured superconductors. His PhD dissertation focused on vortices and nonequilibrium quasiparticles dynamics in superconducting coplanar waveguide resonators. At EQSL, Ibrahim works on circuit quantum electrodynamics and quantum thermodynamics.


Vadiraj A M
PhD student

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Born and brought up in India, Vadiraj joined the EQSL lab in Jan 2015. He finished his masters in Electrical Engineering (2012) with a specialization in microelectronics from the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), Netherlands. He then moved back to India to work at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai as Junior Research Fellow. During his time at TUDelft and TIFR, he has worked on design, fabrication and characterization of nanomechanical systems, microwave circuits, superconducting quantum electronics for quantum control and information processing. He loves to work in areas where cutting edge technology is used to probe new quantum systems for building the first generation of future quantum processors. When not in lab he likes to spend time recording music, train at the gym or get busy with scientific outreach activities. Follow Vadiraj at, https://sites.google.com/site/amvadiraj/


Sandbo Chang
PhD student

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Sandbo Chang obtained his B.Eng. in Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013, major in Electronic Engineering, where he focused on optimizing the design of an optical parametric oscillator using silicon waveguide. He continued his study in University of Waterloo and joined EQSL, where he obtained his MASc in Quantum Information in 2015. His work included the characterization of a microwave parametric amplifier implemented on a tunable superconducting resonator. He is currently pursuing his PhD with EQSL, helping advance the study of microwave quantum optics in an effort to explore various fundamental quantum mechanical phenomena, e.g. quantum entanglement in multiple photons voltage quadrature and their potential applications in quantum computation and quantum network.


Chris Warren
Master student

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Chris joined the EQSL team in May 2015. He has finished his undergraduate degree in Honours Mathematical Physics, Co-op (June 2015) and is now joining the team to work on his masters. During his undergrad he has been exposed to various fields of active research in mathematics and physics from atmospheric modelling, to machine learning, to theoretical quantum information. Some of his previous work in quantum information has been to explore novel methods of quantum error correction and he has also researched extensions of quantum repeaters in tandem with quantum error correction codes on qudit systems (d-dimensional qubits). Beginning in September 2015 he will officially begin his masters starting a new chapter this time in experimental physics


Helen Percival
Master student


EQSL alumni

Gaurav Bhole (Undergraduate Research Assistant, summer 2016)- IISER, Pune, India
Ron Belyansky (Undergraduate Research Assistant, summer 2015)- McGill University, Canada

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