Christine Muschik is an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona, where she joined the quantum optics theory group led by Maciej Lewenstein. She received her Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, where she worked with Ignacio Cirac in close collaboration with Eugene Polzik at the Niels Bohr Institute. Her thesis on quantum information processing with atoms and photons was completed within the international Ph.D. program of excellence: QCCC (Quantum Computing, Control and Communication) supported by the ENB (Elite Network of Bavaria). Her current research interests are in theoretical quantum optics and quantum nanophotonics.
Contact with the environment usually destroys the delicate operations of a quantum computer, but engineered dissipative processes may allow for a more robust preparation and processing of quantum states.