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ML4Q&A - from the lives of quantum physicists

Nature is fascinating and so is physics let alone quantum physics! Join us as we delve into the lives of scientists and the complexity of their research topics. Grab a drink, hop on a bus or go for a walk and listen to the many different stories about being a scientist and basically doing something for a living only a few can understand. Our guests are all involved in the research mission of ML4Q, a German consortium dedicated to develop the best hardware platform for quantum information technology, and provide comprehensive blueprints for a functional quantum information network. #ML4QnA

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15: Quantum Communication and Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics: Gláucia Murta
In this episode Chris talks to Gláucia Murta, a postdoc in ML4Q, who was won the cluster's Young Investigator Award. They talk about Gláucia’s passion for fundamental questions, device independence and a great outreach project, the podcast O Q Quantico she just launched in her home country, Brazil.
77:36 20.03.24
14. Quantum optics and photon BEC: Julian Schmitt
In this episode Chris talks to Julian Schmitt, leader of the junior research group “Quantum fluids of light” at the University of Bonn. Julian recently received an ERC Starting Grant, the ML4Q Independence Grant and in 2022 he was awarded the ML4Q Young Investigator Award honoring his contribution to the cluster’s program which particularly requires the collaboration between different sites. They talk about Bose-Einstein condensates and the differences between the atomic and the photonic sort. They recap how Julian got into the atomic molecular and optical physics (AMO) research community where major breakthroughs often seem to be possible already with relatively small teams. They also chat about how optical quantum gases can shed new light on exciting open questions in physics, such as grand canonical condensates or the interplay between quantum physics and thermodynamics.
54:22 12.12.23
13. Global Quantum Leap: Steven Koester
In this episode Chris talks to Steven Koester, Professor of Nanotechnology in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Steve - who is our first external guest on the podcast - is joining us mainly as the Director of the Global Quantum Leap program – a network of networks including ML4Q - which provides an essential linkage between the fields of nanofabrication and quantum information sciences on an international level. They talk about his electrical engineering background, how he got a first taste of quantum devices during his Masters studies at Notre Dame, eventually leading to his PhD work on indium arsenide. They also discuss his industry experience working at IBM. But as a main topic, he introduces the Global Quantum Leap program and the cultural exchange it fosters in order to tackle big global challenges as in the field of quantum computing.
55:41 29.09.23
12. Electron quantum optics: Erwann Bocquillon
In this episode, Chris talks to Erwann Bocquillon, ML4Q professor at the 2nd Institute of Physics at the University of Cologne who started his group in October 2021. They talk about Erwann’s educational and research journey touching upon differences between studying physics in France and Germany. They also discuss electron quantum optics and learn about Erwann’s best memory from his PhD time.
72:14 31.07.23
11. How David DiVincenzo got into quantum computing
In this episode, we talk to David DiVincenzo, Director of the Institute of Theoretical Nanoelectronics at Forschungszentrum Jülich & co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Information which is a joint institute of RWTH Aachen and the Forschungszentrum. We start by listening to David's take on different aspects of the fast developments in the field of quantum computing. Then, we take a deep dive into the mid eighties and early ninties and discuss how David started working on quantum computing before Shor’s algorithm and quantum error correction were discovered. Naturally then, him and his collaborators at IBM were ready to contribute to the developing field. We touch upon the DiVincenzo criteria and the Loss-DiVincenzo quantum dot proposal and get to know some of the mentors David was lucky to have had.
76:34 12.05.23
10. Quantum Chemistry: Christian Gogolin and Gian-Luca Anselmetti
We continue our new season by featuring members of the cluster who are working at the intersection with other stakeholders in the larger quantum community. In this episode, we talk to Christian Gogolin and Gian Anselmetti who are in-house scientists at Covestro and associated to ML4Q. We discuss solving chemistry problems with quantum computers, research in a company setting and the PhD student-supervisor-relationship.
75:22 27.03.23
9. Quantum (hype) control: Tommaso Calarco
In our new season we feature members of the cluster who are working at the intersection to other stakeholders in the larger quantum community. In this episode, we talk to Tommaso Calarco, Director of the PGI Institute for Quantum Control at Forschungszentrum Jülich, professor for Theoretical Physics at the University of Cologne and member of ML4Q. We discuss how he started working on apparently useless science which soon turned out to be the future of quantum. We also talk about many synergies: between theory and experiment, science and government as well as academia and rising startups in the field.
65:13 01.02.23
8. Quantum dot spin qubits: Jan Klos
We continue to feature some of our experimental physicists. In this episode, we talk to Jan Klos, PhD student and associated member of ML4Q. Jan - who is almost done with his PhD thesis - performed his project in the group of Hendrik Bluhm and Lars Schreiber at the JARA Institute for Quantum Information. In the episode, Chris talks with Jan about going from a Master project in simulating quantum dot spin qubits to a PhD project fabricating them. They also discuss outreach, student supervision, thesis writing and working with engineers.
68:33 13.12.22
7. 2D Materials: Annika Kurzmann
We continue to feature some of our experimental physicists. In this episode, we talk to Annika Kurzmann, Junior Principle Investigator at RWTH Aachen and associated member of ML4Q. We talk abour her work on optical quantum dots during her PhD and bilayer graphene quantum dots in her postdoc and how she is now bringing this together to detect single electron dots in graphene. We also discuss the Ruhrgebiet, tenure tracks and starting a lab during the pandemic.
64:47 16.08.22
6. Semiconductor Quantum Photonics: Beata Kardynal
We continue to feature some of our experimental physicists. In this episode, we talk to Beata Kardynal, group leader at Forschungszentrum Jülich and at RWTH Aachen. We discuss her career and her training in electronic devices to using these devices to couple to single photons. She reveals her favorite materials and how she didn't see a strong distinction between physics and engineering from the start.
62:30 05.05.22
5. Superconducting quantum computers: Rami Barends
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79:07 03.03.22
4. Theory of topological quantum matter: Kathrin Dorn
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32:34 24.01.22
3. Quantum Key Distribution: Dagmar Bruss
In a new podcast episode of ML4Q&A, Kathrin Dorn (PhD student, Egger group) speaks to Dagmar Bruss, professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physcs III in Düsseldorf. They talk about Dagmar's passion about quantum information theory, how a coffee break in Oxford changed her research focus to quantum key distribution, her experience with the impostor phenomenon and how she got involved in a supercosmos project in astronomical technology. 00:00 intro 01:35 from astronomical technology to quantum information 06:23 working at ISI in Turin and joining talks by Grover and Shor 08:10 from experiment to theory 10:38 how is your working day? 14:43 struggles and experiencing the impostor phenomenon 19:24 work on quantum key distribution 25:27 ongoing work in ML4Q 32:28 1 or 2? Visit https://ml4q.de/ml4qa/ for more podcast episodes Visit https://ml4q.de/stories/ for more stories from our researchers at ML4Q Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/ML4Q_cluster Visit the homepage of Dagmar's institute: https://www.tp3.hhu.de/en/ Contact Dagmar via E-mail: dagmar.bruss(at)uni-duesseldorf.de   Host: Kathrin Dorn Music:  Technology by Keys of Moon | https://soundcloud.com/keysofmoon Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/   Discovery by Scott Buckley | https://soundcloud.com/scottbuckley Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/   Title: Lunar Levitation Artist: Aakash Gandhi
37:00 15.10.21
2. Quantum information theory and many-body theory: David Gross
ML4Q&A continues featuring theoretical physicists in ML4Q. In the second episode, Chris Dickel is talking to David Gross, professor in Cologne and vice spokesperson of the ML4Q cluster. David's research interests lie on the application of rigorous mathematical methods to problems in quantum information theory and many-body theory. We talk about his career path, advising student projects in theoretical physics, teaching quantum mechanics and the Google event he was probably never invited to. Visit https://ml4q.de/ml4qa/ for more podcast episodes Visit https://ml4q.de/stories/ for more stories from our researchers at ML4Q Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/ML4Q_cluster Visit David's homepage: http://www.thp.uni-koeln.de/gross/david_gross.html Contact David: david.gross(at)thp.uni-koeln.de Host: Christian Dickel Music: Technology by Keys of Moon | https://soundcloud.com/keysofmoon Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Discovery by Scott Buckley | https://soundcloud.com/scottbuckley Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Title: Lunar Levitation Artist: Aakash Gandhi
54:00 04.06.21
1. Quantum Control in Ultracold Atoms: Martino Calzavara
The first episode of ML4Q's podcast - ML4Q&A - is now online! Our guest is Martino Calzavara, a PhD researcher in the PGI-8 Institute for Quantum Control at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. We talk about him moving to Germany for his PhD and learning German, his experiences in academia as part of ML4Q as well as ultracold atom systems and how quantum control could help to cool these. We also talk about his simulations of these systems and machine learning, conferences in the times of a pandemic and Italian Pannetone vs. Pandoro. Listen to the full podcast episode with Martino in the ML4Q&A podcast at your podcatcher. Visit https://ml4q.de/ml4qa/ for more podcast episodes Visit https://ml4q.de/stories/ for more stories from our researchers at ML4Q Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/ML4Q_cluster Visit the homepage of Martino's institute: https://www.fz-juelich.de/pgi/pgi-8/EN/Home/home_node.html Contact Martino via E-mail: m.calzavara(at)fz-juelich.de Host: Jonas Kölzer Music: Technology by Keys of Moon | https://soundcloud.com/keysofmoon Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Discovery by Scott Buckley | https://soundcloud.com/scottbuckley Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Title: Lunar Levitation Artist: Aakash Gandhi
39:40 12.02.21