Photo Credit: Jeremiah Seo
Hi! I'm Boris.
Welcome to my website! I am a second-year graduate student working in the Hatlab, a quantum information
laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. For me, quantum computers are fascinating for two reasons. First, they would allow us to answer interesting
physics questions, such as, "How does a complex molecule really behave?" and, "What is the fundamental nature of information?" Second, quantum computers
don't yet exist, and building one is a huge engineering puzzle.
When I'm not in the lab, I like to play soccer, practice guitar, and explore the parks of Pittsburgh.
University of Pittsburgh
August 2020 - Present
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
August 2016 - May 2020
B.S. with Highest Honors, Physics and Mathematics
Experimental Quantum Information
Summer 2021 - Present
I currently work in the Hatlab, a superconducting quantum information
group led by Dr. Michael Hatridge. My research activities currently focus on:
- Improving the bandwidth, saturation power, and gain of quantum parametric amplifiers
- Stabilizing the temperature of microwave electronics for qubit control and readout
- Investigating new approaches for magnetometry using superconducting circuits
NV Center Data Pipeline
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021
I briefly worked in the lab of Dr. Gurudev Dutt at the University of Pittsburgh.
- Developed an algorithm to automatically locate nitrogen-vacancy centers
- Integrated an SQL database into a GUI application for managing microscopy data
Earth's Field NMR
Fall 2018 - Spring 2020
I worked in Dr. Tamara's Branca's biomedical physics lab as an undergraduate. I am
very grateful for my long-term project there, during which I developed many basic experimental skills.
- Successfully replicated standard “free-induction decay” experiment, but using earth’s field and low-cost items
- Designed several electronics boards in iterative process, improving performance and signal-noise ratio
Computational Analysis of Ultrafast Laser Damage on Metal Surfaces
Summers 2018, 2019
A long term computational project. The result was a simple but fast model of the Lorentz-Drude model of absorption
in metals. I presented a poster for this work at the 7th International Conference on Attosecond Science and Technology in Szeged, Hungary.
The familiar problem of algebraic-root finding can be solved with various algorithms. The convergence properties - i.e., how
fast the algorithm gives you an answer - can exhibit strange patterns under the right conditions. I am interested in
generating fractal images from such algorithms, which I think are a great example of beauty in mathematics. I also develop
code to make the image generation easier (using a package called Sympy) and faster (by making GPU-compatible code).
As someone who always watches the turblent flows and eddies when I pour milk into coffee, I think fluid dynamics is an interesting physical problem
because it is so easy to formulate (it requires no quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, or relativity) yet so hard to understand.
A million dollars waits for the first person to solve
Navier–Stokes existence and smoothness, for example. A far less ambitious goal is the simulation of a 2D fluid undergoing
the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, a kind of turbulence that occurs when fluids shear.
I like writing code to help me understand physics. I host a few applets on this website that can run on any browser.
Weather balloons are a surprisingly accessible way to send sensors, cameras, and experiments into the stratosphere. The extreme
environment at 100,000 feet altitude features significant ambient radioactivity, near-vacuum pressure, and temperatures close to -100 degrees