Archak Purkayastha, a former doctoral student at ICTS has been awarded the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship for his research proposal towards developing a thermodynamically consistent microscopic theory which allows numerically exact description of noisy out-of-equilibrium mesoscopic quantum devices. This research is expected to open doors to completely uncharted territories for further developments in quantum technology.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are research fellowships by the European Union/European Commission and support research in the European Research Area (ERA). Established in 1996, they aim to foster the career development and further training of researchers at all career stages. The award promotes interdisciplinary research and international collaborations, supporting scientists from not only within Europe but also across the globe.
A student from ICTS’s first cohort of graduate students, Archak received his PhD in September 2018. His thesis titled ‘Transport in open quantum system’, under the supervision of Prof. Abhishek Dhar and Prof. Manas Kulkarni, examined quantum systems coupled to quantum baths at multiple temperatures and compared different techniques used to calculate transport coefficients. He is currently affiliated to Trinity College Dublin, Ireland where he is carrying out the proposed research in the group of Prof. John Goold.