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Crystal Senko

Assistant Professor with the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo

Crystal Senko joined the Institute for Quantum Computing in November 2016 as Assistant Professor with the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo. During her doctorate research in quantum informatin, Senko used trapped ions to simulate a quantum computational module and to create a spin chain experiment for manipulation in the lab. She earned her PhD under the supervision of Christopher Monroe at the University of Maryland. At the Center for Ultracold Atoms (CUA) as a postdoctoral fellow with Harvard University, Senko worked on the development of a photonic crystal waveguide that, when atoms are placed next to it, creates an interesting system for information transfer between atoms by the photons flowing through the photonic crystal. Senko’s research at IQC focuses on using trapped ions for quantum simulations and quantum computing applications. Her work also explores qudits and how to improve the efficiency of encoding a logical unit of information using the multiple levels of a qudit.