Dr. Gouri Shankar Giri

Current professional background:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Physics Department, University of Siegen

Field of research:

Quantum computing with trapped ions

Purpose of your last research visit:

I was a recipient of the Marie Curie Fellowship in order to work with Prof. Christof Wunderlich. Together we are developing essential elements for an ion trap based large-scale quantum computer.

Relation to the University of Siegen and/or to the local host:

I originally met Prof. Christof Wunderlich at the University of Sussex in the U.K, whilst we were working on a large-scale EU project. Conventionally, logic gate operations in ion trap quantum computers are realized with optical radiation (such as lasers). Prof. Wunderlich proposed and demonstrated a new scheme that ensures realization of logic gates using long wavelength radiation (such as microwaves). I was interested in working with him and I asked to join his research team in Germany. After successfully applying for the Marie Curie Fellowship in 2014, I took up my position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow here in Siegen.

Future projects / Activities:

I will continue to work toward the development of ion trap quantum computer in collaboration with the research department here. I expect quantum computing to hugely advance in the coming decades, with the potential to change how we use computers in many different fields.

Impressions of Siegen:

It is certainly a good place to study, the living costs are low, and the campus, especially the physics campus is beautiful.