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I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Physics at MIT doing research in the Vuletic group at the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms and the MIT Research Laboratory for Electronics.

Together with a team we have developed a novel hybrid system where arrays of individually controllable ultracold ions are trapped inside an optical resonator in vaccum [1]. We are currently using this system for two related objectives: to develop a scalable architecture for quantum computing based on ions strongly coupled to photons, and to simulate microscopic models of friction in a novel and poorly understood quantum many-body regime [2], which might become relevant for nano-scale devices.

I received my Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto in 2009. I did my undergraduate thesis research in the group of John Wei in experimental solid state physics, trying to probe mesoscopic effects in nano-structured high temperature superconductors in order to understand the controversial pseudogap phase.

I have also spent 3 summers working at TRIUMF (Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics) developing a radio frequency (RF) drive system for a Penning ion trap for precision measurements of masses of unstable nuclei at the TITAN experiment, as well as helping construct, commission and tune the new superconducting linear accelerator (ISAC-II) for heavy exotic isotopes.

[1] M. Cetina, A. Bylinskii, L. Karpa, D. Gangloff, K. M. Beck, Y. Ge, M. Scholz, A. T. Grier, I. Chuang, and V. Vuletic, "One-dimensional array of ion chains coupled to an optical cavity" New Journal of Physics 15 053001 (2013)  PDF

[2] L. Karpa*, A. Bylinskii*, D. Gangloff*, M. Cetina and V. Vuletic, "Suppression of Ion Transport due to Long-Lived Subwavelength Localization by an Optical Lattice" Physical Review Letters 111, 163002 (2013)  PDF
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