Hi! My name is Fernando and I’m a Staff Scientist at the Quantum Machines Unit.
After a long wait and some delays due to the pandemic, the day finally arrived! On October 23rd my journey to OIST started. Joining me were Anna (wife) and Rosa (cat). Our trip, which started on a cold Swedish morning, will take us from Gothenburg to Paris first and after four hours or so from Paris to Tokyo. We had not travelled anywhere since the beginning of the pandemic so we were kinda excited.
Let's congratulate Dr Isha Sanskriti who took the above photo which has been accepted as a finalist in the OIST Scientific Image competition. Dr Sanskriti, who has a background in chemistry, experiments with the magnetic levitation of liquids. The pictured droplet just sits - beautifully - waiting to be admired both photographically and scientifically. Dr Sanskriti leads our experimental efforts to probe the wonderous properties of such levitated systems.
Let's welcome Daehee Kim as a student in the Quantum Machines Unit. Daehee hails from the University of Hokkaido, Japan and has already spent many fun and productive months with the Unit as an Intern student doing both theory and experiment in magnetic levitation! Dahee will join OIST in April 2022 and the QM Unit through the Intern-PhD Pathway! Looking forward to levitating fun and interesting foods from Hokkaido!
Let's welcome Tatania Iakovleva, who will join the QM Unit in January as a PhD student. Tanya has come to us most recently after a MSc in Quantum Optics at the Novosibirsk State University, Russia, before joining OIST in Jan 2020. Tanya did her first rotation with the QM Unit and liked it enough to come back! We are looking forward to lots of Russian food or cakes and great research!
From Febuary to March the Quantum Machines Unit is holding an OIST Mini-symposium on using quantum systems to sense tiny forces and magnetic fields. Sensing magnetic fields is the basis of many useful instruments - MRI, magnetic navigation, and magnetoencephelography. Sensing inertial forces also has many uses ranging from navigation through to monitoring of tiny changes in gravity for underground sensing of water flow etc.