UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Nikolas Breuckmann

Dr Nikolas Breuckmann

Research Fellow in Quantum Information Theory

Dept of Computer Science

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2018

Research summary

My research interest mostly lies in the field of quantum information, at the interface between mathematics, physics and computer science.

Teaching summary

  • RWTH, Institute for Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science, April - August 2010 & 2011: TA "Mathematical Logic"
  • RWTH, Institute for Quantum Information, April - August 2013: TA "Quantum Information"
  • RWTH, Institute for Quantum Information, April - August 2014, 2015 & 2016: TA "Mathematical Methods of Theoretical Physics"
  • RWTH, Institute for Quantum Information, October 2015 - February 2016: TA "Quantum Error Correction"

I co-supervised two bachelor students working on quantum complexity and quantum error correction. I also supervised an intern working on quantum error correction.


University of Aachen
Doctorate, Doctor | 2017
University of Aachen
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2013
University of Aachen
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2011
University of Aachen
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2010


I studied Mathematics and Physics concurrently at RWTH Aachen University. My first research project leading to a publication involved studying the computational power of certain quantum mechanical systems. The result was included in "IOP Journal of Physics A: Highlights of 2014 Selection."

My PhD was supervised by Prof. Barbara Terhal and focused on constructions that make a quantum computer robust against noise. These constructions make use of the beautiful geometry of curved and higher-dimensional spaces, as well as techniques ranging from cellular automata to deep learning.

Upon completion my PhD in 2017, I was awarded the UCLQ Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quantum Technologies. I deferred the Fellowship for a year to work full-time for PsiQ, a Silicon Valley based start-up building a general-purpose silicon photonic quantum computer.