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.
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00:00:35 Undergraduate studies, Bachelor thesis at Fraunhofer ILT
00:02:20 Master studies in theoretical solid-state physics and quantum information at RWTH Aachen
00:05:25 Settling on the Master project with Dr. Lars Schreiber
00:07:30 Basic principle of spin qubits and quantum dots
00:09:30 Simulating quantum dot spin qubits
00:16:15 What do you enjoy more – theoretical or experimental work?
00:20:11 Getting started with the PhD project
00:22:57 Beyond silicon – talking about other materials
00:26:05 Academic silicon vs. industry silicon
00:28:49 Partnering up with engineers at the Institute of Semiconductor Electronics
00:34:45 How did you build your first quantum dot device?
00:36:48 Partnering up with industry to transfer academic know-how
00:38:20 How is your day-to-day life in the lab?
00:43:35 Supervision of Bachelor and Master students
00:49:00 1 or 2?
00:52:33 Impact of quantum dot spin qubit research on materials science
00:53:55 More quantum dots or better quantum dots?
00:54:55 Aluminum oxide or silicon oxide?
00:57:09 How does ML4Q influence PhD students
00:58:16 Outreach activities
01:00:40 Future of quantum
01:02:00 Finishing the PhD thesis
01:06:46 Plans after the PhD
While recording, Alex Jahn – who is not only a talented web designer and a great podcast editor but obviously a gifted illustrator – made this drawing of the one and a half hour talk between Chris and Jan: