I grew up in Long Island, NY, and obtained my A.B. in Chemistry & Physics at Harvard University and my M.A. in Physics from the University of Rochester. Thereafter I moved to Zürich, Switzerland, where I built a new experiment in optical levitodynamics with Lukas Novotny at the ETH Zurich, where we trapped and cooled the center-of-mass motion of glass nanoparticles using optical tweezers from room temperature to a few microkelvins. In this regime, we studied exquisite nano-scale effects, like measurement backaction in the form of photon recoil and how classical control schemes could be used to overcome it.
Here at Yale I am exploring the coupling between superconducting qubits and mechanical vibrations as either a source of decoherence or a resource for quantum information. My research interests are at the interface of superconducting circuits, photonics, and the physics of crystals.