Adam Hawkins - Student Profile
Current research project
My research looks at paradigmatic quantum protocols used in quantum networking (including open-destination teleportation, quantum secret sharing and quantum telecloning), with the goal being to develop an emulation platform to design and simulate such protocols. This work will provide a crucial contribution to the development of a 'quantum internet', which also needs to be robust against imperfections and environmental noise. My project will also therefore investigate open-system dynamics models for the simulation of quantum networks.
Furthermore, the role played by quantum resources in quantum networking will be assessed. One such resource that will be focused on is 'quantum discord', which is a measure of the 'quantumness' of the correlations of a system, which include quantum correlations that are not quantum entanglement. These 'discordant' quantum systems are therefore a potential resource for quantum communication algorithms.
Born in Birmingham, I grew up in a town in the West Midlands called Stourbridge. I graduated from Loughborough University in 2022 with a First Class Honours in Physics (MPhys). My final-year research project was on the foundations of quantum mechanics. This project investigated the representation of quantum systems in curvilinear coordinate systems, namely the non-commutative nature of quantum operators with their own basis vectors in polar coordinate systems. I began my PhD at Queen's in October 2022, joining the Quantum Technology Group at Queen's (QTeQ) in CQMT.
- The foundations of quantum mechanics
- Quantum information theory and quantum computing
- Quantum communication and quantum networking