CQuIC Welcomes Faculty Associate, Professor Alejandro Manjavacas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CQuIC welcomes Professor Alejandro Manjavacas, of UNM Physics and Astronomy, as a Faculty Associate, effective July 1, 2018. Professor Manjavacas is a theoretical physicist working on light-matter interactions, particularly relating to quantum effects in plasmonics and nanophotonics. The research performed in his group is focused on understanding how nanostructures interact with light and using that knowledge to develop novel applications in photonics. His group is very interested in the study of phenomena arising from the quantum and thermal fluctuations of the electromagnetic field, such as Casimir interactions and radiative heat transfer. As an associate member of CQuIC, Professor Manjavacas looks forward to interactions and collaborations with the members of CQuIC. Graduate students of the Manjavacas group, Paul Gieri and Keith Sanders, will also participate in collaborations with CQuIC.

 

Ivan Deutsch Appointed as CQuIC Director

 

Effective July 1, 2018, Regents’ Professor Ivan Deutsch will serve as the next Director of the Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC). Professor Deutsch has been a long-standing senior faculty member and one of the founders of CQuIC, an interdisciplinary center that is recognized by colleagues world-wide. He will work to continue the growth of CQuIC as a research center in quantum information at the University of New Mexico and with its partner institutions, and to foster the collaborative efforts across the CQuIC community.

Distinguished Professor, Carlton Caves is retiring from his role as the founding CQuIC Director as of June 30, 2018. Professor Caves will continue as a member of CQuIC and will be a full and active participant in its research endeavors.

 

 

P&A Awards Teaching Assistants

 

 

 

CQuIC PhD students Karthik Chinni and Austin Daniel were awarded jointly the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s William G. Larsen, PhD, Memorial Award for Best Teaching Assistant at the Physics and Astronomy Convocation on May 12.  Lecturer Mickey Odom, presenting the awards on the behalf of the department, said of Karthik, quoting Professor Kenkre, “Karthik has shown exceptional dedication every semester.  … He volunteered in situations in which others would not have and went far beyond what was expected of him in helping me and helping the students,” and of Austin, “He is a natural teacher. I have watched him consistently engage his students, who rate him highly.”

 

Chair’s Award of Best Dissertation in Physics

Jacob Miller completed his PhD under Akimasa Miyake about a year ago, with a dissertation entitled Measurement-Based Quantum Computation and Symmetry-Protected Topological Order.  In his thesis, Jacob made fundamental contributions to understanding the kind of many-body entanglement that can enable universal quantum computation within the framework of measurement-based quantum computation.  CQuIC’ers were reminded of Jacob’s outstanding research at the 2018 Physics and Astronomy Convocation on May 12, when he was awarded the Chair’s Award for Best Dissertation in Physics for the preceding year.   Notable not just for outstanding research, Jacob’s dissertation also contained a full-page paean to CQuIC’s TACLA Coffee Club, for which Jacob was Coffee Commander for several years.  Recognizing fully the mutual relationship between coffee and research, Jacob wrote: “For there is no question that in the face of tough research puzzles, prickly conundrums, and flummoxes of every type, we can find solace in the words of noted abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher that, `A cup of coffee—real coffee—homebrowned, home ground, home made, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye . . .  neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a cup of coffee is a match for twenty blue devils and will exorcise them all.’ ’’