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My areas of interest include quantum computing theory and algorithms, quantum simulation, superconducting/semiconductor device modelling and electronics, Quantum Physical Unclonable Functions (Q-PUFs), Non-equilibrium Green’s Functions (NEGF), and quantum/TCAD software engineering.


2019- PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Condensed Matter Physics, University of Konstanz, Germany

[Thesis title: Non-equilibrium and spin transport in hybrids of superconductors and magnets- link]

2015- MSc in Condensed Matter Physics, IASBS, Iran 

[Thesis title: Thermoelectric properties of 3D topological insulators: effects of the gap and hexagonal warping]

2011- BSc in Solid State Physics, University of Urmia, Iran


During his master's studies, Ali explored the impact of gap and hexagonal warping on the thermoelectric properties of three-dimensional topological insulators. His academic journey continued at the University of Konstanz in Germany, where Ali joined the Quantum Transport Group as a PhD researcher specialising in mesoscopic superconductivity. His primary focus involved investigating the non-equilibrium and spin transport properties within superconductor/(anti-) ferromagnet proximity-coupled heterostructures. Notable achievements include the generation, control, and detection of equal-spin-triplet Cooper pairs in S/FM (utilising a spin-valve setup), uncovering spin-flip enhanced thermoelectricity in S/FM, and inducing spin-splitting in S/AFM.

Post-PhD, Ali transitioned to the Device Modelling Group at the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, where he served as a Research Associate and TCAD Software Developer. Here, he co-led the quantum transport module (Non-equilibrium Green’s Function - NEGF) of the in-house semiconductor device simulation TCAD tool named NESS. His responsibilities spanned optimising and advancing Poisson-NEGF self-consistency, implementing NEGF through MPI and OpenMP parallelisation on HPC-clusters, coupled mode-space/ML acceleration, developing numerical algorithms for physical models, Josephson Junction based devices, and designing semiconductor devices (Si and III-V based), including NSFETs (3nm and beyond), MOSFETs, and RTDs (PUFs). Ali was also actively involved in preparing software documentation, demos, providing technical support for external/internal partners, and training new team members.

In January 2024, Ali joined the Institute for Computing Systems Architectures at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, as a Research Associate. In this role, he contributes his expertise to scaling classical quantum computing simulations, leveraging an HPC cluster of GPUs.


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