Postdoctoral



Aharon Brodutch

Aharon Brodutch is a CQIQC fellow, splitting his time between the Helmy group (ECE) and the Steinberg group (Physics). He joined U of T's Center for Quantum Information and Quantum control after almost four years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Quantum Computing where he worked on quantum information and quantum foundations in the groups of Raymond Laflamme and Marco Piani. Aharon completed his Phd in theoretical physics in 2012 at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where he worked on quantum correlations and relativistic quantum information. He received his undergraduate and M.Sc degrees in physics from Tel Aviv university.

Aharon's research interests range from the foundations of physics to practical experimental issues in quantum information processing. As part of the Helmy group, he works on theoretical quantum optics, studying the potential and limitations of integrated photonic devices for generating quantum states of light. He is also interested in designing experimental demonstrations of quantum information processing protocols using these integrated devices.



Zhizhong Yan

Dr. Yan received the B.Sc. degree in applied physics with the award of Outstanding Bachelor Degree Student from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 1991, the M.Sc. degree in electronics engineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, in 1996. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in electrical engineering, from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada, in 2004, and 2010, respectively. His Ph.D. thesis was focused on the optoelectronic detection and mixing in the superconducting nanowire devices. He had been working as a Postdoc Fellow in the Institute for Quantum Computing in the field of fundamental and applied quantum photonics including wide area of single photon detection devices, systems and relevant technologies; quantum entanglement; as well as other quantum information related engineering topics such as space to ground quantum key distribution. He had been working as a research associate in the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), and MQ Photonics Research Centre, Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia from November 2012 to February 2016. His main research focus was integrated quantum photonics on the femtosecond laser direct writing platform with transparent optical materials. He has achieved the highest birefringence on silica glass that allows for largest signal and idler wavelength distance for single photon generation. From April 2016, he worked as postdoc fellow in Professor Helmy’s group in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
University of Toronto. His current research is in quantum nonlinear optics on the semiconductor integrated photonics platform.