The Group

The group is led by Brendon W. Lovett

EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Peter Kirton

Peter holds an independent EPSRC fellowship and collaborates closely with Brendon's group as well as the group of Jonathan Keeling. His research focuses on understanding the dynamics of quantum mechanical systems which involve many degrees of freedom as well as coupling to the outside world. Recently he has been trying to predict the behaviour of room temperature Bose-Einstein Condensates made from photons and polaritons. Before moving to St Andrews, Peter obtained a PhD from the University of Nottingham, studying nanoelectromechanical systems. When not doing physics you might find him ringing bells or watching films. An up to date list of publications can be found here

PhD Students

Helen Cammack

Helen is a CM-CDT PhD student studying the effects of decoherence in hybrid quantum computing systems. She is also passionate about public engagement and enjoys communicating the results of her research.

Aidan Strathearn

Aidan is a third year PhD student currently studying numerical methods used to investigate the behaviour of open quantum systems. In particular, he is employing path integral techniques to simulate quantum systems that have been immersed in a "noisy" environment to which energy can be lost. The hope is that he can then use these methods to understand better how we can model processes of energy transfer in photosynthetic cells. Aidan completed his Masters at the University of Glasgow and is a keen guitar player in his spare time.

Connor Grose

Connor is a third year PhD student looking at silicon architectures for quantum computing, with a focus on surface codes. His current project is building on an earlier proposal for a hybrid donor-dot setup utilising anti-crossing at forbidden transitions to swap quantum states. Connor completed his master's at the University of Glasgow and has been training as an archer since arriving at St Andrews.

Conor Stevenson

Conor is a second year PhD student, and attained his masters here at the University of St Andrews. His project looks into open quantum systems, including interactions between light and matter. The project aims to look into systems in which the matter interactions and environmental interactions are on equal footing in determining the physics – e.g. spin chains strongly coupled to thermal baths. During his masters, he investigated thermal transport in strongly correlated electronic systems, and analysed the thermal diode effect in the Luttinger liquid. His hobbies include playing piano and hiking.

Dominic Rouse

Dominic is a first year PhD student, jointly supervised by Brendon and Erik Gauger at Heriot Watt. He is interested in energy transfer in networks.

Dominic Gribben

Dominic is a first year PhD student, interested in quantum decoherence in coupled systems, especially non-Markovian effects.

Visiting Scholar

Christian Johansen

Christian is visiting us from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU, Copenhagen) for a year, as part of his master’s studies in Theoretical Physics. He has been working with open quantum systems through polaron master equations and projection operators. His recent interest is to approach these systems with the methods of non-equilibrium field theory and numerical path integral techniques. In his spare time he loves to leave the books and computer behind and go enjoy nature through all sorts of physical activities like climbing, sailing, fishing, hiking, and running.

Past Members

Elliott Levi (PhD 2012-2016)

Giuseppe Pica (PhD 2011-2015, Post-doc 2015-16)

Elinor Irish (Post doc 2011-2014)

Rafa Gomez Bombarelli (Post doc 2012-2014)

Vishal Purohit (PhD 2011-2015)

Kieran Higgins (PhD 2010-2014)

Tom Close (PhD 2008-2012)

Yuting Ping (PhD 2009-2012)

Marcus Schaffry (PhD 2007-2011)

Erik Gauger (PhD 2006-2010)

Avinash Kolli (PhD 2006-2009)

Ahsan Nazir (PhD 2001-2004)