Sep 18th 2020

Being a Quantum Scientist – an interview with Ke Guo

Physics had always been one of the subjects Ke Guo excelled at in school, so that, combined with her love for learning new things and discovering new applications meant a career in quantum science was for her. Ke first undertook a Bachelors degree in Physics before embarking upon a Masters and subsequently a PhD in optics; she has since moved to the UK to work at the Quantum Communications Hub. Based full time at the National Physical Laboratory as a seconded employee of the University of York, Ke works on the assurance of Quantum Random Number Generators (i.e. making sure their outputs are truly quantum), which have a variety of applications. We recently caught up with Ke to find out more about her journey in quantum so far, her work and her hopes for the future:
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Aug 31st 2020

Being a Quantum Scientist – an interview with Robert Collins (former researcher at Heriot-Watt University)

Heriot-Watt University has been at the heart of Robert’s physics journey since he began his undergraduate physics degree there and remained for his PhD and postdoctoral research associate position. Despite undertaking a general physics degree, Robert found that his studies were structured towards quantum photonics from an early stage, due to quantum photonics being such a strength of Heriot-Watt University. On researching to apply for PhDs, Robert learned of a process called quantum key distribution which really sparked his interest. Robert was successful in his application and worked on very early GHz Clock rate systems and developing them into more practical systems. Since then, Robert’s work as a postdoctoral research associate has centred around moving from technology such as quantum key distribution onto next generation quantum technologies such as quantum digital signatures or coherent state amplifiers. We caught up with Robert at the Association for Science Education (ASE) Conference in 2019 and he told us a little more about his work in Physics:
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Aug 10th 2020

Being a Quantum Scientist – an interview with Laura Huddleston (PhD student, Heriot-Watt University)

While in the final year of her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Laura applied for and won a position on The Bobby Jones Fellowship exchange programme with the University of St Andrews in Scotland. This paved the way for Laura to join the Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices MSc Programme, a joint programme between the University of St Andrews and Heriot-Watt University. From there, Laura applied for a PhD studying Single Photon Detectors in the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. We caught up with Laura to learn more about her experiences in quantum, her work and her hopes for the future:

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Jul 16th 2020

Being a Quantum Scientist – an interview with Steven Johnson

Steven (right) started his physics journey by undertaking a theoretical physics degree, before switching paths to experimental physics and taking up a PhD at the University of Birmingham, building a cold atom system. From there he went into industry for 5 years and worked on imaging sensors that will ultimately be launched into space, specifically to Jupiter, in 2030! Steven is now working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Glasgow, working on ‘light detecting and ranging’ (Lidar). We caught up with Steven at the Association for Science Education (ASE) Conference in 2019 and he told us a little more about his current work in Physics:
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Jul 9th 2020

Recommended Summer Reading!

School is almost out! Are you looking for some interesting summer reads? If so, check out our list of recommendations below, there’s something for everyone – including your dog! From quantum classics to books for babies, our list includes all of the absolute must reads in the field of quantum.

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Jun 29th 2020

Pursuing a career in quantum technologies

Scott, an A Level student at Lytchett Minster School, Poole, is currently studying Maths, Physics and Further Maths. He is also undertaking an Extended Project Qualification as an AS course and was tasked with writing a 5000 word dissertation on a topic of his choice, Scott chose to focus on “What are the uses of quantum entanglement for communication and data transfer”. During his time working on the dissertation, Scott has liaised regularly with Quantum Communications Hub Director, Tim Spiller. He hopes to go on to study at the University of Cambridge, Durham or York. We caught up with Scott to ask what sparked his interest in quantum physics, how he went about developing it within school and what his plans are for the future. Read on to see what he had to say.
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Jun 22nd 2020

An interview with Professor Winfried Hensinger

While heading up the Sussex Ion Quantum Technology Group and being Director of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies, Professor Winfried Hensinger is working on constructing a trapped-ion quantum computer demonstrator device, a quantum simulation engine and portable quantum sensors. He is also a co-founder, Chief Scientist and Chairman of Universal Quantum, a quantum computing company.
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Jun 8th 2020

Being a Quantum Scientist – an interview with Ugo Zanforlin (PhD student, Heriot Watt University)

Growing up close to the ancient University of Padua, where he would one day study, Ugo had a great interest in physics from a very young age. He loved the open view of reality that physics provided and found the fact that physics is fundamental to and overlaps with biology, chemistry and engineering truly fascinating.  Ugo spent five years at the University of Padua, studying physics and in his words ‘meeting amazing people and teachers’ who fuelled his passion for the subject. Ugo’s interest in quantum physics grew from his undergraduate study of quantum physics and stemmed from learning the idea that ‘something can change just by looking at it’. Following his undergraduate and Masters degree, Ugo took the leap to move to the Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh where he is now undertaking his PhD in Quantum Telecommunication Systems. We caught up with Ugo at the Association for Science Education (ASE) Conference in 2019 and he told us a little more about his interest and current work in physics:
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