Nuclear fusion: Creating artificial stars

Nuclear fusion: Creating artificial stars

Too little does the public hear about nuclear fusion — a process in which two light nuclei collide at high speed and fuse into a heavier nucleus — which is surprising considering the need for alternative energy sources and fusion’s promise to deliver limitless clean and safe energy. If the word fusion brings anything to the mind of the wider public, this is likely related to ITER, a research reactor under construction in France that has repeatedly made the news by over blowing its budget and being substantially behind schedule. Is this all there is to know about fusion? By all means, no. “Let there be light – the 100 years journey to fusion” brings the audience on a fascinating journey across time and ideas into the complex landscape of past and present fusion research.  Read more

The rise of open source in quantum physics research

The rise of open source in quantum physics research

Open-source scientific computing is empowering research and reproducibility. It forms one of the principles of the ‘open science’ movement, which aims to promote the spread of scientific knowledge without barriers. Open-source software refers to code which can be read, modified and distributed by anyone and for any purpose under the various open-source compliant licenses. This ‘open source way’ could extend beyond just software and is impacting quantum physics research in radically different ways.  Read more

Interactions: Zala Lenarcic

Interactions: Zala Lenarcic

Zala is a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, trying to understand which unexpected properties of interacting systems can be triggered by non-equilibrium dynamics. She won a Nature Reviews Physics poster prize at the Quantum Dynamics of Disordered Interacting Systems conference that took place in Trieste last June.  Read more

Interactions: Niccolo Somaschi

Interactions: Niccolo Somaschi

Niccolo studied physics at the University of Milano-Bicocca before joining a Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD program at the University of Southampton and the FORTH research institute in Greece and then joining the group Prof. Pascale Senellart at the Centre of Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies ( CNRS & Université Paris-Sud) in Paris as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2017 he co-founded Quandela, a spinoff company from the same institute, that  fabricates and commercialises top-class quantum light sources to boost the development of quantum technologies from quantum computation to quantum communication and quantum sensing, and contribute to their spread outside the academic world.  Read more

Interactions: Damian Wozniak

Interactions: Damian Wozniak

Damian is a recent theoretical physics graduate. In September he will start his PhD with Dr Anna Posazhennikova at Royal Holloway University of London to work on nonequilibrium dynamics of bosons in optical lattices. The aim is to study the role played by incoherent quasi-particles excited due to nonequilibrium and to study the role of disorder in dynamics, as well as possible thermalisation of superfluid optical lattices. He won a Nature Reviews Physics poster prize at the Condensed Matter Physics in the City conference in London.  Read more

Interactions: Alexander Whiticar

Interactions: Alexander Whiticar

Alexander is a PhD student at the Center for Quantum Devices at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and works on realizing topological states of matter in hybrid two-dimensional superconductor-semiconductor heterostructures. His primary research interest is observing Majorana zero modes in hybrid quantum dot geometries (Majorana islands). He won a Nature Reviews Physics poster prize at the Quantum Designer Physics conference in San Sebastian last June.  Read more

Interactions: Manisha Thakurathi

Interactions: Manisha Thakurathi

Manisha is a postdoc in the group of Prof. Jelena Klinovaja and Prof. Daniel Loss at the University of Basel, Switzerland. She is a physicist by training and her research interest lies in understanding the topological aspects of different quantum systems. She won a Nature Reviews Physics poster prize at the Quantum Designer Physics conference in San Sebastian last June.  Read more

10 things to remember for when you have graduate students

Graduate school has been both a wonderful experience and incredibly challenging. When I will later look back on this period in my life, I’m sure that my memory will fail to accurately capture what it was like to be a graduate student. I’ll remember the highs, and more lows than I care to admit, but will likely lose some of what the day-to-day experience was like. If I have graduate students of my own someday, I want to have a more complete picture of what graduate school was like so that I can give them a better experience. With that goal in mind (and with some great suggestions from Twitter folks), I compiled the following list for my future self.     … Read more

Interactions: Jeanne Colbois

Interactions: Jeanne Colbois

Jeanne is a first year PhD student in the chair of condensed matter theory lead by Professor Frédéric Mila at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland. The general aim of the group is to explore new phases of matter induced by strong correlations in electronic systems, which is done by investigating analytically and numerically the role of frustration or competing interactions in lattice models of low-dimensional quantum magnetism. She is the recipient of one of the poster prizes sponsored by Nature Reviews Physics at the Machine Learning for Quantum Many-body Physics workshop that happen last June in Dresden.  Read more

Interactions: Max McGinley

Interactions: Max McGinley

Max is a first year PhD student at Cambridge University. He works in the Theory of Condensed Matter group, supervised by Professor Nigel Cooper, and studies the theory behind certain interesting phases of matter which are known as ‘topological’. Max was awarded a poster prize sponsored by Nature Reviews Physics at the at Quantum Dynamics of Disordered Interacting Systems conference in Trieste last June.  Read more