Victor Acosta is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy and Center for High Technology Materials at UNM. His research is focused on the development of quantum sensors, broadly defined as the use of qubit systems to measure environmental parameters. His lab uses color centers in diamond as quantum sensors to study nanoscale magnetic phenomena in physical, chemical, and biological systems. They are also developing nanophotonic surfaces for applications ranging from few-photon optical logic to ultra-thin microscopes. CQuIC welcomes Professor Acosta as an associate and looks forward to working together on mutual projects.
The three-person External Advisory Board (EAB) — Steven Girvin (Yale), Christiane Koch (Univ. Kassel) and Birgitta Whaley (Berkeley) — met with CQuIC members and representatives of the UNM administration on August 29-30, 2019.
The EAB’s preliminary report to CQuIC stated, “We are very impressed by the quality of the science going on in CQuIC . . . and by the very good working atmosphere among faculty, postdocs, and students within the Center. Under the leadership of Ivan Deutsch, CQuIC has worked hard to promote this atmosphere and tried to expand connections across the campus.”
The Board commended CQuIC for welcoming new opportunities for mentoring and the expansion of the breadth of CQuIC interests with the addition of junior faculty. They recognized the potential for growing CQuIC’s interdisciplinary collaborations given its ongoing relationships with Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as well as new and strengthening links with faculty in departments at UNM such Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Computer Science (CS), and Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM). The report noted, “the EAB encourages continued efforts in this direction” and also that the “move to central campus will be generally beneficial to further interdisciplinary collaborations.”
CQuIC welcomes Jason Twamley, a leading researcher and Professor at the Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and Director of the Macquarie University Research Centre on Diamond Science and Technology. Professor Twamley is on sabbatical and will be in residence at CQuIC in September-October 2019 as a UNM Visiting Academic Colleague. The focus of his work is in the theoretical physics of quantum science and technology with an emphasis on hybrid quantum systems. He has developed expertise in superconducting, diamond, nanomechanical, magnetic and atomic quantum technologies. Professor Twamley looks forward to contributing to the current discussions among CQuIC faculty, postdocs and graduate students.
CQuIC proudly recognizes Anirban Ch Narayan Chowdhury as he is moving on to the next stage of his career in quantum information science. Anirban defended his Ph. D. dissertation on June 24th, 2019. During his graduate studies, Anirban worked with CQuIC Faculty Associate, Rolando Somma from Los Alamos National Laboratory, studying quantum algorithms for simulating physics. Anirban is moving to Quebec, Canada, to join the Institut Quantique at the Université de Sherbrooke as a postdoctoral researcher. He will be working in the group of David Poulin on quantum and classical algorithms for simulating many-body physics.
Anirban cherishes the time spent in CQuIC, discussing physics and much more with fellow graduate students. He is going to miss New Mexico, and hopes to visit often. We, at CQuIC, wish Anirban the best in his future endeavors.