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Mikhail Lukin

Chair of Scientific Board

(617) 495 2862
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The Lukin group’s research focuses on both the theoretical and experimental studies in quantum optics and atomic physics. The emphasis is on studies of quantum systems consisting of interacting photons, atoms, molecules and electrons coupled to realistic environments. They are developing new techniques for controlling the quantum dynamics of such systems, and studying fundamental physical phenomena associated with them...

The Lukin group’s research focuses on both the theoretical and experimental studies in quantum optics and atomic physics. The emphasis is on studies of quantum systems consisting of interacting photons, atoms, molecules and electrons coupled to realistic environments. They are developing new techniques for controlling the quantum dynamics of such systems, and studying fundamental physical phenomena associated with them. These techniques are used to explore new physics, as well as to facilitate implementation of potential applications in emerging areas such as quantum information science and in more traditional fields such as nonlinear optics. In the course of this work they are also exploring the emerging interfaces between quantum optics and atomic physics on the one hand, and condensed matter and mesoscopic physics on the other.

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Eugene Demler

Eugene Demler

Board Member

(617) 495-1045
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Interactions and correlations in condensed matter systems often manifest themselves in striking and novel properties of the materials. Many examples can be found among superconductors and superfluids, quantum magnets, integer and fractional quantum Hall systems. In spite of the apparent differences among various materials and compounds, there are numerous universal phenomena that take place in interacting fermionic and bosonic systems...

Interactions and correlations in condensed matter systems often manifest themselves in striking and novel properties of the materials. Many examples can be found among superconductors and superfluids, quantum magnets, integer and fractional quantum Hall systems. In spite of the apparent differences among various materials and compounds, there are numerous universal phenomena that take place in interacting fermionic and bosonic systems. The main focus of Eugene Demler’s work has been developing general theoretical tools for understanding the effects of interactions, and establishing a common framework for understanding the physics of strongly correlated systems. Demler’s research has addressed various properties of high temperature superconductors, heavy fermion and organic superconductors, quantum Hall systems, and quantum antiferromagnets. Demler’s research interests also include mesoscopic superconductivity, magnetic and superconducting proximity effects, understanding the effect of dissipation on quantum phase transitions, and Bose-Einstein condensation of alkali atoms.

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Marko Loncar

Board Member

617 495 5798
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Marko Lončar’s research focuses on phenomena resulting from the interaction of light and matter on a nano-scale level. These phenomena include efficient light confinement and emission within photonic crystals, light generation in engineered semiconductors (e.g. nanowires, quantum dots, quantum cascade lasers), manipulation of nano-scale objects using guided waves...

Marko Lončar’s research focuses on phenomena resulting from the interaction of light and matter on a nano-scale level. These phenomena include efficient light confinement and emission within photonic crystals, light generation in engineered semiconductors (e.g. nanowires, quantum dots, quantum cascade lasers), manipulation of nano-scale objects using guided waves. He is interested in development of functional nano-photonic devices, and their integration into systems, that can be used for optical communication and optical signal processiong, life sciences and quantum optics. Particular areas of interest include:

Periodic optical structures: e.g. photonic crystal devices, metamaterials and metalo-dielectric structures in general
Classical and and non-classical light sources based on nanostructures
Plasmonics
Nanofabrication techniques
Nanoscale electro-mechanical (NEMS) and opto-mechanical (NOMS) devices and systems
Application of nanophotonics in life sciences (e.g. bio-chemical sensors)
Mid-infrared and far-infrared devices and systems, including quantum cascade lasers

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Markus Greiner

Markus Greiner

Board Member

(617) 495-9875
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Research in the Greiner group focuses on studying ultracold gases loaded into artificial crystals of light known as optical lattices. Recent experiments on such systems have opened the door to an emerging field at the interface of atomic physics, condensed matter physics and quantum information...

Research in the Greiner group focuses on studying ultracold gases loaded into artificial crystals of light known as optical lattices. Recent experiments on such systems have opened the door to an emerging field at the interface of atomic physics, condensed matter physics and quantum information. The behavior of ultracold atoms in optical lattices is similar to that of electrons in solids. Because of that, ultracold atoms can provide clean realizations of models from condensed matter which can be studied in a highly controlled environment.

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Roy Glauber

Roy Glauber

Board Member

(617) 495-2869
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Roy Glauber’s recent research has dealt with problems in a number of areas of quantum optics, a field which, broadly speaking, studies the quantum electrodynamical interactions of light and matter. He is also continuing work on several topics in high- energy collision theory, including the analysis of hadron collisions, and the statistical correlation of particles produced in high-energy reactions...

Roy Glauber’s recent research has dealt with problems in a number of areas of quantum optics, a field which, broadly speaking, studies the quantum electrodynamical interactions of light and matter. He is also continuing work on several topics in high- energy collision theory, including the analysis of hadron collisions, and the statistical correlation of particles produced in high-energy reactions.

Specific topics of his current research include: the quantum mechanical behavior of trapped wave packets; interactions of light with trapped ions; atom counting-the statistical properties of free atom beams and their measurement; algebraic methods for dealing with fermion statistics; coherence and correlations of bosonic atoms near the Bose-Einstein condensation; the theory of continuously monitored photon counting-and its reaction on quantum sources; the fundamental nature of “quantum jumps”; resonant transport of particles produced multiply in high-energy collisions; the multiple diffraction model of proton-proton and proton-antiproton scattering.

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Evelyn Hu

Evelyn Hu

Board Member

(617) 496-1385
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Research in the Hu group explores new possibilities of optical and electronic behavior within materials that have been carefully sculpted, modulated and modified at the nanoscale. We are probing strong and weak coupling in several solid state material systems, both in semiconductor and metals...

Research in the Hu group explores new possibilities of optical and electronic behavior within materials that have been carefully sculpted, modulated and modified at the nanoscale. We are probing strong and weak coupling in several solid state material systems, both in semiconductor and metals.

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Hongkun Park

Hongkun Park

Board Member

(617) 496-0815
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Nanometer-sized materials represent a natural size limit of the miniaturization trend of current technology, and they exhibit physical and chemical properties significantly different from their bulk counterparts. The research interest of Hongkun Park lies in developing detailed physical and chemical understanding of chemically derived nanostructures through new experimental methods and applying this knowledge to possible technological applications...

Nanometer-sized materials represent a natural size limit of the miniaturization trend of current technology, and they exhibit physical and chemical properties significantly different from their bulk counterparts. The research interest of Hongkun Park lies in developing detailed physical and chemical understanding of chemically derived nanostructures through new experimental methods and applying this knowledge to possible technological applications. Current research efforts toward these general goals are centered on two areas: (1) to study electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of individual molecules, clusters, nanowires, carbon nanotubes, and their arrays using combined transport, scanning probe and optical measurements and to develop detailed understanding of their behaviors, and (2) to develop synthesis methods for oxide and chalcogenide nanostructures that exhibit novel electronic and magnetic properties and to study the role of phase transitions in determining their properties at the individual nanostructure level.

Another research interest of Hongkun Park is to investigate spatiotemporal dynamics of neural networks by developing neuroelectronic interfaces. Neural networks, collections of neurons interconnected by synaptic junctions, form the physical basis of the central and peripheral nervous systems in biological organisms. These networks are responsible not only for the reaction of the organism to external stimuli but also for more highly organized cognitive functions such as memory, learning, and logic. Hongkun Park is interested in deciphering the inner workings of neural networks by coupling biological neural networks to nano- and microfabricated nanoelectrode and patch-clamp arrays and by probing real-time dynamics of neural connections using both electrical and optical interrogation. The research efforts should enable the detailed mapping of the action potential propagation and synaptic adaptation within the network, and therefore help answer crucial questions pertaining to biological neural networks.

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