At the 558th Dies Academicus, the Emilie Louise Frey-Preis 2018 is awarded to Katharina Laubscher for her Master thesis "Universal quantum computation using a hybrid quantum double model” carried out in the group of Prof. Daniel Loss.
Currently, Katharina is an Excellence Fellow of the PhD School “Quantum Computing and Quantum Technologies” and is doing her PhD in the group of Prof. Jelena Klinovaja in the field of topological quantum computing.
In her Master thesis, Katharina showed that it is possible to build novel planar quantum codes based on the combination of two different quantum double models, and that such hybrid codes constitute a novel pathway to universal fault-tolerant quantum computation. From a purely theoretical point of view, this is an important proof of principle and a large step towards a complete understanding of the quantum double models and their potential for quantum computation. From a more practical point of view, there may be direct advantages in terms of time- and special overhead of such a hybrid model compared to other techniques that enable universal fault-tolerant quantum computation, the most prominent one being a particularly resource-intensive procedure called magic state distillation.
Dr. Fabrizio Nichele received his doctorate in solid state physics from ETH Zurich in 2014. Since then he has been doing research at the University of Copenhagen and working as a consultant for Microsoft Research. Currently he is working at IBM Research Zurich. In 2018, the European Research Council awarded him an ERC Starting Grant. His project at the Department of Physics deals with fundamental physical questions and novel approaches to topological quantum states in lateral Josephson geometries.
Following outstanding evaluation by the tenure committee, approval by the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the Rectorate, and finally the Council of the University of Basel, Prof. Dr. Jelena Klinovaja was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor.
Heute lanciert die Europäische Kommission ihre Flaggschiff-Initiative zur Erforschung von Quantentechnologien. Daran beteiligt sind auch drei Forschungsgruppen des Departements Physik der Universität Basel. Das mit einer Milliarde Euro ausgestattete Forschungs- und Technologieförderprogramm hat zum Ziel, durch die Ausnutzung von Quanteneffekten eine radikal neue und leistungsfähige Quantentechnologie zu entwickeln.
Ambizione grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution. The scheme supports young researchers both from Switzerland and abroad. Scientists holding non-professorial academic positions at higher education institutions are also eligible to submit an application. [Source: SNF]
Dr. Daniel Riedel, Postdoc in the team of Professor Richard Warburton and PhD student in the SNI’s PhD School until December 2017, received the Swiss Nanotechnology PhD Prize 2018 sponsored by the Hightech Zentrum Aargau. He received the award for his publication in Physical Review X about the improvement of the quality of photons generated by a quantum system.
Der Astronom Prof. Dr. Roland Buser von der Universität Basel hat den Kulturpreis 2018 des Kantons Basel-Landschaft erhalten. Die mit 25‘000 Franken dotierte Auszeichnung wurde dem emeritierten Professor am Mittwochabend an einer Feier in Laufen überreicht.
The Center for Quantum Science and Quantum Computing (QSC) of the Universities of Basel (Switzerland) and Freiburg (Germany), embedded in EUCOR – The European Campus, invites applications for up to ten Georg H. Endress Postdoc Fellowships to start in 2018. The Center seeks to attract outstanding and highly motivated early-career scientists in QSC to engage in cutting-edge projects involving existing research groups at Basel and Freiburg. The ideal Endress Fellow has recently finished a PhD in experimental or theoretical physics (or related areas) and is eager to shape the academic environment in research and teaching at both nodes. Fellows will be appointed typically for up to three years, and will be selected on the basis of scientific excellence as well as quality and innovative potential of proposed research in the QSC target areas of the Center, such as quantum information processing (quantum computation, simulation, and metrology), quantum technologies, complex quantum systems, quantum materials, and other emerging topics in quantum science.