Lenny Hirsch

I obtained my B.Sc. in Physics and M.Sc. in Digital Communications Networks from the University of Leeds. During my time there, I specialised in Quantum Computing and Quantum Communications.

For my B.Sc. thesis, I developed a script to aid in the development of quantum algorithms by moving from the very low-level quantum assembly (QASM) approach to a higher-level approach. This allowed for much faster implementation of larger, more complex (albeit frequently used) operations such as the Toffoli gate, which usually had to be constructed from individual 1- and 2-qubit logic gates. This was a novel problem at the time, as frameworks such as IBM’s Qiskit had not yet been introduced.

During my M.Sc. I worked on analysing the feasibility of quantum codes for use in secure and reliable long-distance quantum communication channels. This involved designing or estimating the encoding/decoding circuits needed to produce these codes in order to find out whether they could feasibly be implemented in current or near-future quantum technologies.

I am now undertaking a PhD working with structured illumination and quantum metrology for quantum sensing applications. My main areas of interest are quantum computing, quantum communications and quantum sensing.

Lenny works under the supervision of Matteo Clerici (the UNO group) and Martin Lavery (Structured Light Group) at the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow.