Peter McConnell - Student Profile
Peter McConnell (He/His)
Current research project
Generation of Non Gaussian states for emerging Quantum Technologies
The aim of my research is to simulate the generation of non Gaussian states. These states are required as a resource state for Quantum computation. This is due to the requirement of a non Gaussian gate for Universal Quantum computation with continuous variables. In my research I look at two types of system, one a continuous mode coupled to a spin and the second a two mode system. In the first I try to generate triple amd quadruple photon states as they seem to exhibit more Wigner negativity than the commonly used cubic phase gate. The second the system I try to use to schemes to generate a two mode entangled non Gaussian state. Using two schemes, a one evolution two dissipator scheme and a two evolution Hamiltonian Switching scheme. These simulations should be experimentally realizable in optomechanical systems, microwave radiated ions and optical ions.
I was born 01/05/1995. I attended Hillsborough Primary school, which later became Downshire Primary School from 1999 until 2006. I studied at Wallace High school from 2006 -2013 where I completed my GCSE’s and A-levels.
In 2013-2017 I studied an undergraduate Master’s degree (MSci) in Mathematics at Queen’s University Belfast which I passed with First-Class honours. In this I completed the dissertation “How to build a car out of your cactus” which focused on the study of Quantum heat engines, taking inspiration from the process of photosynthesis by deep-sea algae.
In October 2017 I started my PhD in Physics titled “Non-Linear gates enabling Universal Quantum Computation with Continuous Variables” funded by the Department of the Economy’s Adele Silver Award.
Open Quantum systems