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Thomas Middelburg



Thomas has received both his BSc and MSc degree in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology. His Master thesis was on the neutral state of nitrogen-vacancy centres and its effect on nuclear-spin memory coherence in quantum networks.

Thomas’ experience is mainly in quantum key distribution (QKD), which he worked on as a research assistant at TU Delft and as an intern at TNO. He has been interested in quantum mechanics since he started university, and what drives him is the possibility to make quantum technology available to the general public.

Since June 2020, Thomas has been working at QuTech as an optical engineer, working on measurement-device-independent quantum key distribution (MDI-QKD). His focus is on the hardware of the system, including the design of the system, testing and integrating optical and electrical components, and writing control software.

In his spare time, Thomas enjoys doing little software projects, playing piano, video games, and watching movies. He is also a big fan of backpacking and snowboarding.