Phila Rembold, University of Ulm; Jülich Research Centre; University of Padua

Phila Rembold

University of Ulm; Jülich Research Centre; University of Padua

I am a PhD student working on the optimal control of different quantum systems including Nitrogen Vacancies (NV centres) in diamonds. 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 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 at the Institute for Complex Quantum Systems (ICQ) in Ulm, Germany, 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. I additionally work with experimental groups in Ulm, Saarbrücken and Vienna to test and ensure the applicability of my work.

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