Mariia Matiushechkina

PhD student in the “Quantum Control” group

What is your current position at our institute?

I am a PhD student in the “Quantum Control” group.

How and when did you choose to do physics?

I was participating in math and physics additional courses during my school years. I was quite certain in what I am going to study. However, really deep interest and passion came to me when I first encountered gravitational physics. At that time gravitational waves were still not discovered and seemed to me to be a huge mystery. I still think how fascinating this field of science is and I think it opens up access to a lot of other knowledge.

What is your academic education?

  • Bachelor in Physics, Moscow State University (Russia)

Can you please describe your research?

My research runs at the border of the classical and quantum worlds. I investigate micro-mechanical systems that are able to detect very small light pressure and to reveal quantum-mechanical uncertainties. After investigating plenty micro- and nano-structures I had a chance to improve my knowledge of metamaterials. At the moment I am designing a highly reflective metastructure that exhibits low mechanical noise for the future implementation in gravitational-wave detectors.

Please let us know why you chose the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics for your research.

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational physics offers a huge variety of opportunities. It unites passionate people with different backgrounds, creates a friendly atmosphere where PhD students can easily integrate and broaden their knowledge. It also offers many workshops in soft skills and self-development. I am extremely happy that I became a part of this institute.

What would you recommend to a young woman wanting to start a career in physics?

I believe that huge discoveries become possible after discussions. When you work and study among others who burn from the inside, this transfers to you as well. And then it is not a question of gender or age, everyone is driven by the same interest. I wish that everyone could find a place where they can freely do what they love.

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