Researcher, INFN; Materials Focus Area Team Member, Devices Focus Area Team Member, SQMS
As a particle physicist, Laura Cardani has spent most of her career in the development of background-free detectors to search for extremely rare nuclear decays. In 2018, she proposed the DEMETRA project (INFN starting grant) with the goal of proving that the operation of superconducting qubits in a radioactive-free environment can be beneficial for their performance. She and her team recently upgraded a cryogenic facility in the deep-underground Gran Sasso Laboratories (L’Aquila, Italy) in order to be able to host SQMS prototypes. Laura will help upgrade the design of SQMS prototypes to implement a low-radioactivity device and operate it in this ultra-low radioactivity environment.