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Dmitry Pushin has formal training in experimental neutron physics and interferometry, quantum information, and condensed matter physics. He uses his broad background to apply quantum information processing methods to improve neutron interferometry, with the goal of making it accessible to the general scientific community as a resource for studying fundamental questions of physics, dark energy, phase transitions in condensed matter, magnetic materials in functional devices and materials science.
Pushin received his Bachelor of Science from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and Master’s of Science in Physics from the MIPT and the Institute of Solid State Physics, Chernogolovka with honours. He completed the PhD program in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) concentrating in the areas of quantum information, neutron physics and coherent control of neutron interferometry. After graduation he was appointed Postdoctoral Research Associate at the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and the National Institute for Science and Technology Centre for Neutron Research (NCNR). There his application of quantum error-correction concepts to neutron interferometry led to the design and commissioning of a novel device, the decoherence-free subspace neutron interferometer, proven to be much less susceptible to environmental noise than conventional devices and thus suitable for the high-throughput investigations of materials science.
Dr. Pushin is now the principal investigator of a new neutron interferometry beam line under construction at NCNR, which will be the world’s first dedicated neutron interferometry user facility. He holds the position of Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo.
Research pursued in his group links quantum information, neutron physics, and condensed matter physics. Diverse new directions have spawned off of these efforts and include, for example, neutron phase imaging, searches for dark energy and tests of Born’s rule of linearly of quantum mechanics.