My interests mainly concern the nature of complex quantum systems, particularly lattices of quantum mechanical particles. In my PhD research I developed and build a new atomic physics experiment. The goal is to use magnetic potentials shaped by e-beam lithography at the Kavli cleanroom in Delft to trap ultracold neutral atoms in magnetic potential lattices. I find both the quantum simulation as well as the quantum information applications of the experiments that we do fascinating. Technically I have acquired skills in both solid state nanotechnology and atomic physics that I also hope to use in future experiments. In the coming years I hope to contribute to a large quantum simulation team where I want to continue studying atomic lattices with tailored potentials. I believe that the best way to gain deeper insight in condensed matter physics is to do quantum simulation with low dimensional systems where we can control completely the inter-atomic interactions, disorder and doping.
Only by staying close to the systems that we want to understand can we hope to solve them.