Dr Animesh Datta


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Division: Physics
Organisation: University of Warwick
Tags: Fellowship: Early Career Fellowship, Researcher, University of Warwick
Related theme: Physical Sciences


I completed my PhD in quantum information theory at the University of New Mexico, USA in 2008. I then held postdoc positions at Imperial College London and the University of Oxford. I specialize in quantum information science, from the fundamental (understanding the nature of quantum correlations) to the technological (efficient architectures for quantum computing). By 2012, I felt ready to start my own research group.

My Fellowship

Quantum information science (QIS) has demonstrated, in proof-of-principle experiments, the promise of super-efficient computation, unconditionally secure communication, super-precise measurements, and much more. These enhanced capabilities rely on the existence of quantum entanglement. Unfortunately, the laws of physics that underlie entanglement also make it extremely fragile and vulnerable. And this chasm divides the principle and practice of QIS.

My research shall bridge this gap by designing quantum protocols that rely on resilient forms of quantum correlations, using them to develop quantum enhanced measurement and communication protocols. To learn more about the resilience of nonclassical correlations, I will study their evolution in the noisiest of environments - a biological molecule. It will inform our ability to manipulate and maintain nonclassical correlations in noisy environments, and allow us to study the role of quantum mechanics in biological processes.

A fellowship to support my research activities and a small group around me was the motivation for applying for an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship. The fellowship has allowed me to start on an independent research path. It has allowed me develop my ideas and explore new and interesting problems.