Andrew Higginbotham
Assistant Professor, Principal Investigator

Andrew is interested in the exploring the boundary of condensed matter physics and quantum information processing. These two questions are central: if quantum devices can be used to explore open problems in condensed matter systems, and if new materials systems can be used to build better quantum devices. Previously Andrew has worked on laser-driven fusion, fluid mechanics, molecular optics, semiconductor spin qubits, superconductor-semiconductor hybrids, and optomechanics.


Jorden Senior
Postdoctoral Researcher, since December 1, 2019

Jorden is interested in using the techniques of superconducting quantum circuits to probe fundamental physics previously inaccessible, and to develop devices based on new insights. After completing his M.Phys. on cryogenic electronics at Lancaster University under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Prance, and his D.Sc. at Aalto University using superconducting quantum circuits to perform experiments on the thermodynamics of open quantum systems under the supervision of Prof. Jukka Pekola, Jorden is currently the recipient of an ISTPlus Postdoctoral Fellowship to study the nature of persistent microwave-resonant modes across the superconductor-insulator quantum phase transition observed in Josephson Junction arrays. He is also engaged with the research in the Higginbotham group studying the physics of proximity-induced superconductivity in Al-InAs heterostructures using microwave techniques.

Outside of physics, Jorden has a wide range of creative pursuits, ranging from developing videogames, to 3D modelling and photography. He is a member of both the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde and Gesellschaft der Freunde der bildenden Künste, and regularly attends associated exhibitions.


Soham Mukhopadhyay
PhD Student, since September 15, 2019

Soham did his Bsc. in Physics from Presidency University, Kolkata and then graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay with Master’s in Physics, where he worked on modulating the band-gap of thin film Graphene Oxide by electric field induced reduction.  Before joining IST, he worked at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai to design a two dimensional multiplexed architecture for quantum state readout of superconducting qubits. His current work involves the study of quantum phase transitions in a one dimensional many-body system. When not working, he enjoys travelling, cooking, and collecting facts and trivia about anything under the sun.


Duc Phan
PhD Student, since September 15, 2018

Duc uses microwave circuit methods to probe the electrodynamics of Al-InAs superconductor-semiconductor hybrid structure in various geometries. The mission is to determine the existence of the elusive p-wave superconductivity in this kind of material, that may pave the way for the theorized topologically protected qubits. Prior to joining the PhD program, Duc did his undergraduate in Technical Physics at TU Wien. He worked in chemical analysis with electron spectroscopic and scanning probe methods, rare-earth magnetic materials, Rabi interferometry and isotope separation. His interests now lie mainly in quantum phase transition and superconducting circuits.


Denise Puglia
PhD Student, since September 15, 2019

Integrating MEMS and condensed matter systems

Denise did her B.Sc. in Engineering Physics at UFRGS, during which she implemented dual-tip MFM at the Magnetism Lab and contribute to the development of a beam position monitor for the Carnauba beamline at Sirius. For her Master’s, she joined Microsoft’s effort to build a Majorana-based Quantum Computer at the University of Copenhagen. She is currently working on a novel platform that integrates MEMS and condensed matter systems to study charge redistribution. This project runs in collaboration with professor Silvan Schmid from TU Wien.


Sue Shi
scientific intern, since June 1, 2021, now at IST Grad School

Sue completed her B.A. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College, and received her M.Sc. from Brown University in (Electrical) Engineering. Both her Bachelor’s thesis and graduate research focused on quantum dot optoelectronics. She joined the group in June 2021 as a scientific intern and will continue her PhD studies in Physics in September 2021. Outside of the lab, she enjoys rock climbing, puzzles, music, scicomm, immersive traveling, and hiking/searching for wildlife in forests.


Diego Alejandro Lancheros Naranjo
scientific intern, since July 1, 2021, now at IST Grad School

I have a B.Sc. degree from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in physics and a Ms. Sc. degree in physics from Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí at Mexico where I worked on Quantum gravimetry using counter – propagated Raman beams. My main interests are Quantum information processing, Atomic Physics, condensed matter and mathematical physics. I joined as a summer intern from July 2021 to continue my PhD research in September 2021. I like cooking, ultimate frisbee, tennis on court and cinema.


Alexander Rommens
scientific intern, since September 15, 2021

Alex is finishing up his Bachelor at the University of Groningen through a scientific internship at IST Austria to write his thesis. Prior to joining Alex’s research was based around the fabrication and characterization of hybrid perovskite devices ranging from photovoltaics to memristors. His current work is based around utilizing NbTiN resonators alongside CISS molecules to explore the superconducting behaviour.
Outside the lab he is interested in building understanding of cultures and politics across the world as well as policy frameworks at all levels.


Kristen Galvin
scientific intern, since January 1, 2022

Kristen completed her B.A. in Physics at Cornell University (US) in May of 2021 where her bachelor’s thesis concentrated on characterizing and implementing RF SQUIDs in low-temperature scanning systems. She is currently working on her M.Sc. at the University of Vienna, while working part time as a scientific intern in the group. In her free time she enjoys cooking new recipes, watching ballet, traveling by train, and hiking.


Rachel Odessey
scientific intern, since January 1, 2022

Rachel received her B.A. in Physics at Scripps College and completed her M.Sc. from Brown University in Electrical Engineering. In her undergraduate and graduate research, she has explored a range of light-material interactions. She is interested in high-level fabrication and analysis. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, food (making and eating), and spending time outside.

Joshua Milem, scientific intern, now Electronic Device Engineer at Bluefors Oy
Johannes Beil, technical consultant, now Business Developer/Data Scientist at Palantir