By Keri Troutman
Before this past summer, California State University Long Beach (CSULB) physics undergrad student Donald Ferschweiler had what he describes as “snippets of knowledge” about quantum computing, a subject he found fascinating. But after participating in the Sustainable Research Pathways (SRP) program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), quantum information science and technology have moved to the top of his list as he delves into graduate school applications.
Ferschweiler, a rising senior, spent two months at the Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT) at Berkeley Lab, working in collaboration with the Quantum Nanoelectronics Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley. AQT is a state-of-the-art collaboratory research lab funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. The lab operates an open-access experimental testbed based on superconducting quantum hardware designed for cutting-edge R&D and research collaborations. The Quantum Nanoelectronics Laboratory is focused on investigating the quantum coherence of various condensed matter systems. His supervisor was Brian Marinelli, a UC Berkeley graduate student affiliated with QNL and the AQT.
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