2017 IQIM Seminars

IQIM Seminar Series


The IQIM Seminar Series is a weekly event providing an overview of the different activities conducted within the IQIM through informal, accessible talks. Graduate students, post-docs and faculty are brought together to keep to date with progress in the different branches of the IQIM, with an opportunity for additional discussions at the provided lunch and coffee.

When, what, where

*Fridays, starting with lunch served at 12:00, in 114 East Bridge

Information for Speakers

Because of the varying backgrounds in the IQIM community, talks are welcome to be kept as simple as possible and on a high level. Speakers are encouraged to spend half of their presentation providing a fleshed-out introduction of their field to the full IQIM community, introducing and motivating all the relevant concepts and allowing the full audience to appreciate the importance of the presented results. A focus on a strong take-home message is usually preferable over detailed coverage of all latest results. We invite talks to target a length of 30-40min, bearing in mind that informality and interactivity with the audience are generally welcome and that the presentation length may in consequence naturally be prolonged to some extent. Questions and additional discussions may furthermore continue over coffee.

Organizing Committee

The IQIM Seminar Series is organized by a committee of graduate students and postdocs. Contact any one of us if you have any questions or wish to participate.

A list of all talks, including upcoming speakers can be found at on the Caltech master calendar.

Date Speaker Talk Title
December 12  
December 1 Michael Buchhold, Postdoctoral Scholar, Refael Group Exploring non-equilibrium phase transitions with driven Rydberg ensembles
November 17 Alex Burgers, Postdoctoral Scholar, Kimble Group Engineering Light-Matter Interactions in Photonic Crystal Waveguides
November 10 Yoni BenTov, IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar, Kitaev Group Gravitational shockwaves on rotating black holes
November 3 Stevan Nadj-Perge
Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science
Engineering topological materials in one and two dimensions
October 27 Nicholas Laurita, IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar, Hsieh Group Shining Light on Quantum Magnetism
October 20 Zitao Wang, Graduate Student, Xie Chen Group Exactly Solvable Model for Two Dimensional Topological Superconductor
October 13 Thom Bohdanowicz, Graduate Student, Brandao Group Universal Hamiltonians for Exponentially Long Simulation
October 6 Philippe Faist, Postdoctoral Scholar Brandao Group
 Thermodynamics at the nano scale: The work cost of information processing
September 29 John Preskill, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics
Opportunities at the entanglement frontier
Tuesday, August 15 Pol Forn-Diaz, Barcelona Supercomputing Center ** Note special date: Tuesday, August 15.
Controlling quantum electrodynamics in waveguides with a superconducting qubit
June 23 Dante Kennes, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University
Superconductivity from electronic squeezing of optically pumped phonons
June 2 Maaneli Derakhshani, Researcher, Utrecht University
Probing A Gravitational Cat State: Theoretical Problems And Experimental Prospects
April 28 Ioana Craiciu, Graduate Student, Faraon Group On-chip quantum memories for telecom photons using ensembles of erbium ions
April 21 Tomas Jochym O’Connor, Sherman Fairchild Postdoctoral Scholar, Preskill Group Fault-tolerance in topological stabilizer codes and universal workarounds
April 14 Flavio Yair Bruno, Ambizione Research Fellow at University of Geneva Fermi Arcs and Their Topological Character in the Candidate Type-II Weyl Semimetals WTe2 and MoTe2
April 7 Ana Asenjo Garcia, IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar, Kimble Group Enhancing atom-light interactions with “selective radiance”: the recipe to exponentially improve photon storage fidelities
March 24 Wayne Zheng, Graduate Student, Tsinghua University Charge-spin mutual entanglement: A case study by exact diagonalization of the one hole doped t-J loop
March 2 **IQIM/Applied Physics Seminar at noon in 104 Watson Eric Yue Ma, Postdoctoral Scholar Applied Physics, Stanford University From edges to domain walls: Quantum materials under scrutiny by nanoscale microwave imaging
February 10 Yuval Baum, IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar, CMT Non-local effects in Weyl semi-metals
January 27 Evgeny (Jenia) Mozgunov, Graduate Student, Kitaev Group Local Master Equation for Small Temperatures
January 11 Jean-baptiste Béguin, Postdoctoral Scholar, Niels Bohr Institute **Note special date and time – Wednesday beginning at 2 pm in 114 E. Bridge Chains of atoms coupled to a nanofiber waveguide
January 6 Philippe Faist, Postdoctoral Scholar, Brandao Group Practical, Reliable Error Bars in Quantum Tomography