GROUP MEMBERS

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José Luis Verdú:  José is the responsible for the Geonium Chip group, in the Department of Physics & Astronomy of the University of Sussex www.sussex.ac.uk/physics. José studied Physics at the University of Valencia in Spain. After some industry experience, he moved to the University of Mainz in Germany for his “Doktorarbeit”(PhD), which introduced him to the fascinating world of ion traps.In 2006 he became a postdoc at the University of Heidelberg and later he moved to the Vienna University of technology as a Marie Curie fellow. There he worked on hybrid quantum systems with atom traps and superconducting microwave cavities. He arrived at Sussex in April 2009, where he is member of faculty at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences www.sussex.ac.uk/mps.
Since July 2015he holds an EPSRC fellowship in Quantum Technology

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Frances Crimin:  Frances is our theorist. She obtained her    Masters degree from the University of St. Andrews in 2013. She  is currently investigating theoretically the use of adiabatic RF  potentials for manipulating coherently the motion of a trapped  electron in the quantum regime. Frances work is co-supervised  by Prof Barry Garraway. Barry is the inventor of the RF  adiabatic potentials technique, originally conceived for   manipulating ultra cold neutral atoms and Bose-Einstein condensates in Atom Chips

 

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John Henry Lacy: John obtained his Masters degree from the University of Cambridge in 2012. After working in the private sector in London, he joined the Geonium Chip team in January  2014. Among other projects, John is currently building a cryogenic microwave detection system, which will be used for the direct observation of the cyclotron motion of a trapped electron. That consists of a superconducting microwave cavity plus an ultra-low noise cryogenic transistor amplifier.

 

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Jonathan Pinder: A postgraduate from the University of Exeter, Jonathan was the first PhD student to join JV in the Geonium Lab in November 2011. Besides many other critical contributions, Jonathan has designed the first generation Geonium Chip. Its micro-fabrication and delivery to Sussex was completed in early December 2014. Jonathan is currently testing the chip and getting it ready for the first capture of electrons.

 

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April Louise Cridland: April joined the Geonium Chip project in October 2013, shortly after having obtained her Masters degree in the same University. Among other tasks, April is currently optimising the axial detection system, which consists of a low-noise RF cryogenic amplifier and a Niobium superconducting coil, resonant with the electron’s axial motion.