April 19, 2018
by Carol Lynn Alpert
The team met today to review and discuss drafts of our NSF Annual Reports, which are due at the end of the month. QDot Team graduate trainees Kil Ho Lee and Abhilasha Dehankar gained valuable experience compiling first drafts of the Ohio State report, and Kil Ho participated in the discussion with the three PIs. We were happy to see that although we’ve experienced some delays due to vendor-supplied equipment and materials, we are on course to address our main goals. The Optics team hopes to have a functioning instrument come this summer, and the QDot team is starting to achieve success with its QDot-DNA conjugation. Carol Lynn reported on the success of the MOS NanoDays event, which achieved an attendance record of 6,165. The new QDot Detective activity was a big success (see Megan Litwhiler’s Communications Team April 17th Blog Post “Quantum Dot Detective Shines at NanoDays 2018.”) We also had a fantastic Quantum Matters™ Science Communication Finals event with audience voting and a panel of distinguished judges.
Harvard grad student Srujan Meesala (second from left) won First Place for his 3-minute introduction to the weird world of quantum qubits, and Harvard undergraduate Jessica Pointing (at right) swept the Audience Choice Award and Second Place for her 3-minute introduction to the role of algorithms in quantum computing. In the photo at left, Karine Thate, the emcee for the occasion, poses on stage with all four finalists, including Harvard grad student Rebecca Engelke (center) and MIT grad student Joseph Yoon (second from right). Videos of the talks will be uploaded this summer.
Our next team meeting is scheduled for May 23, 11 am.