Vatshal wins (yet another) Prize!

… And the 2nd year Postgraduate Research Prize goes to… our own Vatshal Srivastav!

We are very happy to announce that the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences here at Heriot-Watt has recognised Vatshal’s hard work and outstanding achievements by awarding him this year’s 2nd year Postgraduate Research Prize.

This prize is awarded to PhD students who have completed approximately 2 years of study and have made excellent progress in their research. The judging criteria included: quality, originality, awareness of wider literature, and output in terms of publications and presentations.

You can check out some of this great output in Vatshal’s recent publication in PRL: Genuine High-Dimensional Quantum Steering”, and in his upcoming Physical Review Applied: Characterising and Tailoring Spatial Correlations in Multi-Mode Parametric Downconversion“.

Another one for the wall!

BBQLab @ QCMC22

Mehul presenting a talk at QCMC 2022

We recently had the privilege of attending the 15th International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing (QCMC) in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. The conference was held in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, an incredible venue surrounded by lush gardens. Mehul presented a joint talk with Marcus Huber on “High-Dimensional Entanglement for Quantum Communication” and there was a strong showing in the poster session with posters from Suraj, Natalia, Sabine, and Mehul. A big congratulations to Andreas Winter for winning the prestigious International Quantum Award, along with Giacomo Mauro D’Ariano and Mikhail Lukin. We are looking forward to QCMC 2024 in Chennai, India!

Starting off the conference with some Vinho Verde!

QST: Quantum Research Mobility

In our new paper titled Quantum researcher mobility: the wonderful wizard of Oz who paid for Dorothy’s visa fees, published in the IOP journal Quantum Science and Technology, we discuss the many hurdles facing international researcher mobility today. We tackle issues such as exorbitant visa fees, short-term contracts, and cultural hurdles to mobility. Most importantly, we discuss many examples of good practice from around the world and propose possible solutions to overcome such hurdles. This work was done in collaboration with Eliza Agudelo from TU Vienna and Ravi Kunjwal from Université libre de Bruxelles.

BBQLab @ ICOAM2022

Tampere, Finland at 11:30 PM!

Natalia and Mehul recently represented BBQLab at the 6th International Conference on Optical Angular Momentum in Tampere, Finland. It was a fantastic event, bringing together a diverse group of researchers from around the world working on structured photons, electrons, ions, and neutrons! Natalia won the second prize in the hotly contested ICOAM poster competition for her submission on entangled ripples and twists of light. Mehul presented an invited talk on our recent work on programming high-dimensional quantum optical circuits inside a complex medium. We are looking forward to ICOAM2024 in South Africa!

Congratulations to Natalia for winning 2nd prize in the ICOAM poster competition!
One of the many beautiful lakes around Tampere (photo taken from the Viikinsaari island, venue for the ICOAM conference dinner)