Noche Buena Project 2014

The Noche Buena Project is one of the components of the Start Again Project, which began as a volunteer effort to rebuild communities after typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. In 2014, Noche Buena volunteers distributed 1500 care packages to ten communities around Leyte. Members of SanD have raised funds during their annual year-end party for several of these care packages. SanD aims to continuously extend its support to the efforts of NIP alumna Kat, who has been leading the Start Again Project since 2013. 

SanD student attends CQD 2014 Summer School @ Okinawa

SanD PhD candidate Neris Ilano participated in a two-week summer school at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Seaside House from 16 September to 25 September 2014. The theme of the school was Coherent Quantum Dynamics and was attended by 45 graduate students from different countries. She presented her research poster Simulation of Grover's algorithm with spatially-dependent coupling constant in the school's poster session. Neris also attended several lectures delivered by leading scientists that covered fundamental and frontier topics in coherent quantum systems. Furthermore, this summer school was a fruitful avenue that allowed her to exchange scientific ideas with fellow workers in the field of quantum information and algorithms.

SanD members participate in the 2014 AQIS Conference @ Kyoto

SanD graduate students Rona Barbarona and Francis Bayocboc, Jr. attended the 14th Asian Quantum Information Science (AQIS) Conference and presented their research posters in Kyoto last 20-24 August 2014. Rona, who is also a faculty member of the UPLB IMSP, reported non-analyticities in the spin-orbit entanglement entropy of 2D many electron systems at integer filling factors. Meanwhile, Francis demonstrated how an examination of work fluctuations in quantum quenches of an XY Heisenberg magnet can be used to locate its critical lines.

SanD celebrates ICTP@50

SanD and its members have benefited much from the training they received from the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste. SanD was formed in 2003 by Cristine Villagonzalo, who completed the ICTP Diploma Programme in Condensed Matter Physics in 1998. She developed SanD and mentored its students as Program Coordinator from 2003-2013. From 2013, Francis Paraan took over the role of SanD Program Coordinator. He is also an alumnus of the ICTP Diploma Programme in Condensed Matter Physics, graduating in 2008.