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Kenza Hammam

Research Associate

Research Interests:
  • Quantum Benchmarking

  • Quantum Thermodynamics, 

  • Open Quantum Systems

  • Quantum Collision Models

  • Quantum Optimization

With a foundation in theoretical physics, Kenza embarked on a Quantum Information-focused master's program at The Faculty of Sciences in Rabat, Morocco. Then, she secured a prestigious sandwich program grant (STEP), conducting a segment of her PhD research in quantum thermodynamics at The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. Subsequently, she expanded her expertise in quantum thermodynamics during a postdoctoral research position of nearly two years at Queen's University Belfast in Belfast. Currently based in Edinburgh, Kenza is actively engaged in Quantum Computing research at the Quantum Software Lab.

Her current research focuses on developing frameworks to benchmark and predict quantum advantage, with a particular emphasis on investigating entropy accumulation in parametrised Variational Quantum Algorithm (VQA) circuits. Kenza is also passionate about exploring the intersection between quantum computing and quantum thermodynamics, including the study of energetic costs and management of quantum operations; investigating quantum error mitigation techniques, non-equilibrium quantum processes, and the application of Quantum Machine Learning methods to study quantum many-body systems, amongst other research interests

Optimizing autonomous thermal machines powered by energetic coherence. K Hammam, Y Hassouni, R Fazio, G Manzano - New Journal of Physics, 2021. Exploiting coherence for quantum thermodynamic advantage. K Hammam, H Leitch, Y Hassouni, G De Chiara - New Journal of Physics, 2022 Quantum coherence enables hybrid multitask and multisource regimes in autonomous thermal machines. K Hammam, G Manzano, G De Chiara - Physical Review Research, 2024 Thermodynamics of hybrid quantum rotor devices. H Leitch, K Hammam, G De Chiara - Physical Review E, 2024

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