Ahsan Nazir awarded EPSRC Fellowship

Dr Ahsan Nazir, from the School of Physics and Astronomy, has been awarded a Fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Dr Ahsan Nazir

Dr Nazir is a Photon Science Institute Fellow and leads the Manchester Noisy Quantum Systems Group (MaNQS). He is seen as an emerging leader in the field of open quantum systems, which is the study of how quantum systems are affected by interactions with their surroundings.

He said "I am delighted to have been awarded an EPSRC Fellowship. Formulating the basic laws of quantum physics was one of the crowning achievements of 20th century science. Now, in the 21st century, we’re exploring how to exploit these laws, both for technological applications, and to develop a deeper understanding of the world around us.

There is, however, a problem. The basic laws of quantum physics apply to isolated systems. In contrast, actual quantum systems are never isolated from their surroundings - they’re open systems, that interact and become fundamentally linked with their environments.

The vision of my fellowship is to develop a powerful new framework for understanding open quantum systems, by redrawing the boundary between what we consider to be the system and what we consider to be the environment. I believe this will remove a primary obstacle to interpreting cutting-edge experiments on quantum systems, which will also accelerate the development of new technological devices."

Bruce Hamilton, Director of the Photon Science Institute, said "Ahsan is one of our finest early career researchers and it is especially pleasing that the award of an EPSRC Fellowship follows on directly from his work as a Photon Science Institute Fellow. This award will give him the opportunity to develop a world-leading group here in Manchester in the fascinating and important field of quantum dynamics."

Dr Nazir's fellowship, which started on Feb 1st, lasts for five years, and is worth around £900K.

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