Carla Hermann Avigliano

Research Interests

Experimental Physics
Quantum optics, Photonic lattices, Nonlinear optics, Quantum metrology, FourWave mixing, Squeezed light, Quantum information, Quantum Imaging, Rydberg atoms, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Optical Trapping and Cold Atoms, Superconducting atom chip, Laser Spectroscopy, Bose-Einstein Condensation.

Theoretical Physics
Quantum optics, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Rydberg atoms, Light-Matter interactions, Entanglement, Nonlinear optics, Quantum metrology, Four-Wave mixing, Photonic lattices


Oct 2010-Nov 2014 PhD in Physics
Experimental work at Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Université Pierre et Marie Curie and École normale supérieure, Paris, France. Summa cum laude
Summary: Towards deterministic source of Rydberg atoms via dipole blockade effect mechanism in a dense and small sample of ground state Rubidium atoms magnetically trapped in a superconducting atom-chip at 4 K. In order to achieve operations based on this effect stray electric fields near the superconducting surface must be decreased and controlled. We demonstrate a simple method circumventing this problem. Microwave spectroscopy reveals extremely long coherence lifetimes, in the millisecond range, for a qubit stored in a Rydberg level superposition close to the chip surface.

Mar 2009-Nov 2014 PhD in Physics
Theoretical work under joint supervision between the Center for Optics and Photonics CEFOP, Universidad de Concepción, Chile and Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Université Pierre et Marie Curie and École normale supérieure, Paris, France. Summa cum laude

Summary: Theoretical work in quantum information processing opened by the interaction of two Rydberg atoms (or more) within the context of cavityQED experiment but also highly relevant for the thriving field of circuit-QED.
We present a simple scheme for the fast and efficient generation of quantum superpositions of two coherent fields with different classical amplitudes in a cavity. We show that the scheme is notably more efficient than those using a
single atom.

Mar 2005-2008 Bachelor in Physics
Universidad de Concepción, Chile. Graduated with distinction.

Research and work experience
Jul 2018- today Full time Assistant Professor. FCFM, Universidad de Chile

Jan 2018- today Researcher. Millennium Institute for Research in Optics, MIRO

Mar 2017- Oct.2018
Postdoctoral position. Induced and laser-written photonic lattices: classical and quantum light phenomenology. Universidad de Chile
Advisor: Dr. Rodrigo Vicencio.

Mar 2015-Feb 2017
Postdoctoral position. Generation of squeezed light via FWM: applications to quantum metrology. Joint Quantum Institute – NIST, USA.
Advisor: Dr. Paul Lett.

Oct 2010-Nov 2014
PhD student, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, France.
Advisor: Dr. Jean-Michel Raimond.

Mar 2009-Nov 2014
PhD student, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
Advisor: Dr. Carlos Saavedra Rubilar and Co-Advisor Dr. Jean-Michel Raimond.

Apr-May 2010 Experimental Internship at Laboratoire Kastler Brossel Optics and Laser Systems.
Advisor: Dr. Jean-Michel Raimond

2008 Undergraduate Research. Petal-Shape probability areas: complete quantum state discrimination.
Advisor: Dr. Luis Roa

2007 Undergraduate Research. Non orthogonal quantum states discrimination.
Advisor: Dr. Luis Roa

2018 Observation of localized ground and excited orbitals in graphene photonic ribbons. C.Cantillano, S. Mukherjee, L. Morales-Inostroza, B. Real, G.CáceresAravena, C. Hermann-Avigliano, R. R. Thomson and R. A. Vicencio. New J.
Phys. Volume 20, Number 3, 2018. 2630/aab483

2017 Phase sensing beyond the standard quantum limit with a variation on the SU(1,1) interferometer . Brian Anderson, Prasoon Gupta, Bonnie Schmittberger, Travis Horrom, C. Hermann-Avigliano, Kevin Jones and Paul Lett.
Optica Vol. 4, Issue 7, pp. 752-756

2015 Microwave probes Dipole Blockade and van der Waals Forces in a Cold Rydberg Gas. R. Celistrino Teixeira, C. Hermann-Avigliano, T. L. Nguyên, T. CantatMoltrecht, J.M. Raimond, S. Haroche, S. Gleyzes and M. Brune. Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 013001

2015 A scheme for efficient generation of mesoscopic field states superposition in cavity QED. C. Hermann-Avigliano, N. Cisternas, M. Brune, J.M. Raimond, and C. Saavedra. Phys. Rev. A 91, 013815

2014 Long coherence times for Rydberg qubits on a superconducting atom chip. C. Hermann-Avigliano, R. Celistrino Teixeira, T. L. Nguyên, T. Cantat-Moltrecht, G. Nogues, I. Dotsenko, S. Gleyzes, J.M. Raimond, S. Haroche, and M. Brune. Phys. Rev. A 90, 040502(R)

2011 Conclusive discrimination among N equidistant pure states. Luis Roa, Carla Hermann-Avigliano, R. Salazar, and A. B. Klimov. Physical Review A 84, 014302

Grants & Awards

  • Nov 2018- Nov 2021  National grant: Subvención a la Instalación en la Academia, PAI, CONICYT
  • Aug 2018- Jul 2020    Universiry grant: U-Inicia 2018, Universidad de Chile
  • Mar- Oct 2018 National Postoctoral Fellowship FONDECYT.
  • 2017 Concepción, Chile, Líderes del sur Award.
  • 2017 Chilean L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award.
  • 2011-2013 Marie Curie Action. CCQED PhD fellowship.
  • 2009 PhD Scholarship Programa Capital Humano Avanzado, CONICYT.
  • 2008 Scholarship Iniciación Científica. Centro de Óptica e Información Cuántica. Advisor Dr. Luis Roa. Work: Petal-shape probability areas: complete quantum state discrimination.
  • 2007 Scholarship Iniciación Científica. Centro de Óptica e información cuántica. Advisor Dr. Luis Roa. Work: Non-orthogonal quantum states discrimination.