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This page gathers all interviews featured in our quarterly newsletters: customers, project partners, collaborators – we are always interested in hearing from those with whom we work.

Dr. Anja Köhntopp and Dr. Christoph Kölbl

Anja Köhntopp and Christoph Kölbl

« Our laser-based detection system is fast and can detect traces of explosives while you are doing other things like putting your luggage on the belt: you don’t need to stand still and wait for the scan to finish. »

Anja Köhntopp and Christoph Kölbl - Institute of Technical Physics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Prof. Ileana-Cristina Benea-Chelmus

Ileana-Cristina Benea-Chelmus

« It’s great fun to build things from scratch: everything is very chaotic at the beginning, but it’s nice to see how things develop. »

Ileana-Cristina Benea-Chelmus - Head of the hybrid photonics laboratory at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Prof. Stefan Filipp

Prof. Dr. Stefan Filipp

« For our research roadmap, it's important to work with a company that thinks along the same directions as we do, namely – what is needed for high-fidelity and scalable devices? »

Stefan Filipp - Professor in Physics at the Technical University of Munich and Director of the Walther-Meißner-Institute for Low Temperature Research.

Renato Rogosic

Renato Rogosic

« On one hand, the MFIA allows us to characterize reliably and consistently the polymers and substrates we synthesize. On the other hand, we use it to validate different readout techniques. Almost all members of our research group use impedance spectroscopy by now. »

Renato Rogosic - Renato Rogosic, PhD student at Maastricht University and co-founder of Flui.Go Science.

Prof. Martino Poggio

Martino Poggio

« Modernizing equipment for education and research is going to be a top priority as it will help us do more research and projects with the innovative equipment of Zurich Instruments. »

Martino Poggio - Director of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and Head of the Poggio Lab at the University of Basel.

Dr. Daniel Jirovec

Dr. Daniel Jirovec

« The UHFLI is probably the most used instrument in our lab. Almost every setup has one because it's just so versatile and so quick to use. »

Daniel Jirovec - Postdoctoral researcher at Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA).

Beckett Colson and Dr. Anna Michel

Beckett Colson and Dr. Anna Michel

« A lock-in amplifier offers a convenient way to measure impedance in a continuous flow of water. We can use the impedance change to tell the difference between biological particles - which we hope to see in abundance - and microplastics. »

Beckett Colson, PhD student (left) and Anna Michel, principal investigator (right) - Chemical Sensors Lab at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

Prof. Yonuk Chong

Prof. Yonuk Chong

« The Zurich Instruments QCCS made it possible to set up and start the measurement of qubits very quickly. In particular, the generation of precise high-frequency signals using double-superheterodyne frequency conversion significantly reduced the calibration burden in the qubit readout and control measurement setup. »

Yonuk Chong - Professor at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) and Director of the Quantum Information Research Support Center (QCenter).

Dr. Andre Maier and Prof. Marcus Scheele

Andre Maier and Marcus Scheele

« We implemented a characterization method based on asynchronous optical sampling, where the UHFLI Lock-in Amplifier from Zurich Instruments plays an important role. With this technique, we can unravel the intrinsic temporal response of the developed photodetectors in the range of pico- to nanoseconds. »

Dr. Andre Maier, postdoctoral researcher (left) and Prof. Marcus Scheele, principal investigator (right) - Physical Chemistry of Nanocrystals group at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

Mr. Nathan Lacroix and Dr. Sebastian Krinner

Nathan Lacroix and Sebastian Krinner

« We use Zurich Instruments' equipment for low-noise and high-resolution control signal generation and for readout with FPGA-based fast signal processing. If we had to build control electronics on a large scale with similar characteristics, that would distract us from our core research activities. »

Nathan Lacroix (left) and Sebastian Krinner (right) - PhD student and senior research assistant in the Quantum Device Lab at ETH Zurich.

Dr. Tomás Manzaneque García

Tomas Manzaneque Garcia

« Zurich Instruments' digital lock-ins have been of great value for my project on resonant mass sensors. Measurement schemes such as lock-in detection or phase-locked loops have been known for decades, but they have never been so easy to implement and configure. »

Tomás Manzaneque García - Assistant Professor at TU Delft.

Dr. Jinwoong Cha

Dr. Jinwoong Cha and Dr. Junho Suh

« We purchased an HDAWG for new experiments on superconducting quantum devices, and we hope to purchase other products from Zurich Instruments for our project on quantum transduction. We look forward to the scientific and technical achievements we will attain. »

Jinwoong Cha (left) - Senior research scientist at the Quantum Technology Institute of the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science.

Andreas Pauly

Andreas Pauly

« Along with its lock-in amplifiers and impedance analyzers, Zurich Instruments offers brilliant solutions for controlling and measuring quantum processors and is a strong node in the network of actors leading this field. »

Andreas Pauly - Executive Vice President of the Test and Measurement Division at Rohde & Schwarz.

Dr. David Albertini

David Albertini

« What is clear is that for modes such as dual-frequency resonance tracking PFM, the HF2LI is precise, is characterized by very low noise and gives maximum performance. »

David Albertini - Research engineer at the Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon (INL) and the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) Lyon.

Dr. Heng Shen

Heng Shen

« The HF2LI outperformed the other instrument in terms of crosstalk suppression from high-order harmonics. »

Heng Shen - Principal investigator in the State Key Laboratory of Quantum Optics and Quantum Optics Devices at Shanxi University. He works on quantum simulation and computing with trapped ions and cold atoms.

Dr. Natalia Ares

Natalia Ares Group

« We used our UHFLIs to detect coherent nanomechanical oscillations driven by single-electron tunneling in a suspended carbon nanotube. »

Natalia Ares (standing in the center) - Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Materials Department at the University of Oxford. She leads a group researching quantum behaviour in nanoscale devices.

Dr. George Nelson

George Nelson

« The MFIA replaces three of the components found in a traditional DLTS system. »

George Nelson - Postdoctoral fellow at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). His work focuses on III-V solar cells for the satellite industry.

Prof. Christoph Stampfer

Prof. Christoph Stampfer, RWTH Aachen

« Recently, my group acquired an AWG from Zurich Instruments to help us understand the physics of potential spin and valley qubits in bilayer graphene. »

Christoph Stampfer - Head of the quantum device and 2D materials group at RWTH Aachen University. His research focusses on graphene and related 2D materials as well as on quantum transport and applications to quantum technologies.

Prof. Jérôme Faist

Prof. Jérôme Faist

« With the current and voltage inputs, the MFLI is ideally suited to transport measurements. »

Jérôme Faist - Head of the Quantum Electronics Institute at ETH Zurich. Jérôme played a central role in the invention of the quantum cascade laser.

Ying He

Ying He

« The MFLI is far more than a lock-in amplifier – the test and measurement tools that come with it are game changers. »

Ying He - PhD student at the National Key Laboratory on Tunable Laser Technology of the Harbin Institute of Technology in China. He researches novel trace gas detection techniques.

Behraad Bahreini

Behraad Bahreini

« I like high-performance instrumentation that provides the flexibility to go beyond the original application. »

Behraad Bahreini - Head of the Intelligent Sensing Laboratory at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

Qi Chen

Qi Chen

« The LabOne graphical user interface of the HF2LI makes it easier for my students to understand the whole process of signal processing. »

Qi Chen - Works at the Suzhou Institute of Nanotechnology and Nano-Bionics (SINANO) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on scanning probe microscopy for energy nanodevices.

Prof. Marcos Dantus

Marcos Dantus

« I saw that the UHFLI operated at 600 MHz and my first response was “That’s pretty amazing!” »

Marcos Dantus - Leads the Femtosecond Dynamics and Coherent Laser Control group at Michigan State University, USA, where he has carried out ultrafast science research since 1993.

Prof. Leo DiCarlo and Prof. Andreas Wallraff

Leo DiCarlo, Andreas Wallraff

« We like the high channel density, the very small footprint and the fact that synchronization not only works between channels of the same instrument but also across several instruments. »

Leo DiCarlo and Andreas Wallraff - Leo DiCarlo (left) co-leads the Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing Roadmap of QuTech, a partnership of TU Delft and TNO in the Netherlands. Andreas Wallraff (right) leads the Quantum Device Lab at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Philip Moll

Philip Moll

« The MFLI is our workhorse lock-in amplifier, used daily for high precision, low-noise measurements of small signals. »

Philip Moll - Leads the Physics of Microstructured Quantum Matter (MPRG) group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany.

Dr. Martin Rohmer

Martin Rohmer

« The work with Zurich Instruments was highly productive and a great experience for us, both on the technical and business side. »

Martin Rohmer - Leader of the SPM business section at Scienta Omicron.

Dr. Craig Prater and Dean Dawson

Craig Prater and Dean Dawson

« We love the Zurich Instruments software interface. Zurich Instruments has been superb in providing integration support and training when we needed help. »

Craig Prater and Dean Dawson - CTO & Co-founder of Anasys Instruments and VP Marketing & Business Development at Anasys Instruments.

Prof. Gaojian Wu

Gaojian Wu

« Not only can we enjoy the most advanced precision instrumentation, but also we do not need to spend too much time on learning how to use the equipment. We can then put more energy into the research and data analysis. »

Gaojian Wu - Works in the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Nanjing University of Technology, China. His main research area is condensed matter physics.

Ehsan Nasr Esfahani

Ehsan Nasr Esfahani

« In addition to the user-friendly LabOne interface, the support from Zurich Instruments made a valuable contribution to shortening the learning time and solving the challenges we were facing. »

Ehsan Nasr Esfahani - Splits his time between the Clean Energy Institute, University of Washington in Seattle, USA and the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

Prof. Gary Steele

Gary Steele

« With the HF2LI you can do all the filtering and mixing in the digital domain. That made the difference between spending half a year getting the analog setup to work and just plugging in the HF2LI and start measuring. »

Gary Steele - Heads the Quantum Circuits and Mechanics research group at TU Delft.

Dr. Dalziel J. Wilson

Dalziel J. Wilson

« The frequency flexibility of the UHFLI comes in handy for a variety of bread-and-butter tasks. »

Dalziel J. Wilson - Works in the Kippenberg group at EPFL, Switzerland. His research deals with the measurement and control of mechanical objects with light.
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