Bertrand Reulet, Université de Sherbrooke
The subject that interests me is what we call electronic “noise,” which means fluctuations in electrical current. My goal isn't necessarily to reduce these fluctuations, but to understand them—to understand what is the quantum signal portion within the classical signal, and to develop tools that can focus solely on the quantum portion without being contaminated by the classical portion.
This chair will allow me to conduct experiments that apply the ideas I have been developing over the past few years and am still developing. It will do so in various ways. First of all, before you can do research, you have to have ideas. But ideas don't always come from you alone. They often come from discussions with other researchers, and, at Sherbrooke, there is a very, very good group of quantum information researchers with whom I hope to have very good relations and lots of discussions—discussions that I have already begun, of course.
There is also a very important practical consideration. Carrying out these experiments will require a lot of resources, and a lot of people who want to do research on this subject. This CERC provides tremendous resources for carrying out ambitious experiments, and that's really wonderful. Also, I have learned that Sherbrooke has very, very good students, and I hope they will be ready to share the experience of working on these experiments with me.