Phila Rembold

University of Padua – Jülich Research Centre – University of Ulm

I am a PhD student working on the optimal control of different quantum systems including Nitrogen Vacancies (NV centres) in diamonds, Bose Einstein Condensates and Rydberg Atoms. I completed my Masters’ degree in theoretical physics in 2018 at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. My Masters’ dissertation was concerned with the shaping of electron wave packets using amplitude masks and phase plates. Beforehand, I gathered research experience during several internships in fields ranging from Astrophysics through the material science of fusion reactors to simulating particle detectors at Fermilab.

My main focus now lies on NV centres which are especially interesting as their quantum state is comparatively easy to manipulate. Once set, the state does not change by itself even at room temperature for a reasonable time. This makes them an ideal candidate to create qubits. I am working on an algorithm, previously developed in the groups of my two supervisors, Simone Montangero (University of Padua) and Tommaso Calarco (Forschungszentrum Jülich/Univerity of Cologne), to optimise the pulses that can manipulate these quantum states. NV centres cannot only be used as single qubits but may also be entangled, combined to create quantum registers or serve as magnetic sensors. Optimisation strategies, both on the theoretical and experimental side, are crucial to ensure the success of any of those applications. Hence, I work in a number of collaborations with experimental groups in Ulm, Kaiserslautern and Vienna to test and ensure the applicability of my work.


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Blog: Quantum Optimal Control 101

My research in 15 seconds!

Tutorial: Quantum Sensing Explained

Tutorial: The Double Slit Experiment

Inquiry-based Learning

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  • October 2021

    Youtube Video (link)

    QuSCo produced an outreach video on how we can enhance quantum sensors with optimal control and I got to do the explaining!

    Produced by Aviv Kosloff

  • January 2021

    Wiki Scientist Course (link)

    During this course I learned how to edit Wikipedia articles and set out with my fellow participants to increase the availability and accuracy of information about quantum science on Wikipedia. To do so I received a scholarship by APS Quantum.

    Wiki Scientist Quantum Science logo
    (C) APS

  • October 2020

    Outreach Workshop III

    As part of a series of outreach courses, I learned about how to present defficult content to Highschool students.

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    (C) Photo by Agnieszka Boeske on Unsplash

  • June 2020

    Scilight (link)

    I designed a graphic and revised a small article to outline a recently published review paper for a broader audience.


  • November 2019

    Cyber Mentor

    As part of a mentorship project, I exchanged experiences with a female Highschool student who considered a career in science.

    (C) Sophie Artur, Imperial College London

  • September 2019

    Outreach Workshop II (link)

    As part of a series of outreach courses, I learned about how to present difficult content to Highschool students. I was part of the organising committee for this event.

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    (C) Photo by Stefano Segato on Unsplash

  • June 2019

    Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (link)

    Participating in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2019 provided me with  alot of inpiration. The various activities there were designed to accomodate the exchange of knowledge and experience.


    (C) Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

  • March 2019

    Diamond Quantum Technologies – Poster Award (link)

    I received a Poster award for my contribution on the polarisation of NV centers at the 693. WE-Heraeus-Seminar on Diamond Quantum Technologies.

  • February 2019

    Outreach Workshop I (link)

    As part of a series of outreach courses, I learned about how to present defficult content to Highschool students.

  • 2015 - 2018

    Physics and Astronomy Society

    I took on different roles to organise/deligate outreach events such as northern lights chasing, stargazing, lectures and a holiday trip to the LHC.

    (C) AstroSoc and PhySoc St Andrews