Postdoc in theoretical quantum optics

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University of Calgary
31 October, 2010


51° 2' 43.17" N, 114° 3' 29.1636" W

I am looking for postdoc candidates who are interested in joining my theoretical quantum optics group at the University of Calgary, ideally starting January 2011 or soon thereafter. Our current research interests are briefly described below. My group is part of the Institute of Quantum Information Science at the University of Calgary, which encompasses several excellent experimental and theoretical groups (see, guaranteeing a rich and stimulating research environment.

Candidates should send an email with a CV and publication list to christoph [dot] simon [at] gmail [dot] com. Recommendation letters (by email) are also greatly appreciated.

Research Interests:

The interaction of light and matter at the quantum level has played a major role in the development of quantum physics. Its detailed study in the field of quantum optics has led to the development of important applications such as the laser, and to the first experimental demonstrations of the most striking features of quantum physics, such as entanglement and quantum non-locality. But quantum optics is not ready to rest on its laurels. There are two key future challenges. On the one hand, we strive to develop genuine applications of these fundamental quantum features. Our group is particularly interested in the development of quantum repeaters, which will be essential for future long-distance quantum communication. This motivates us to study potential implementations of quantum memories and of quantum gates between individual photons in various systems. On the other hand, quantum optical systems are ideally positioned to explore the quantum-classical transition, allowing us to deepen our understanding of how the classical macroscopic world arises out of microscopic quantum behavior. This motivates us to study the quantum amplification of photons to macroscopic levels, as well as quantum opto-mechanical systems. All these directions are pursued in close contact with leading experimental groups.

Best regards,
Christoph Simon

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