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Quantum Optics

The Quantum Optics cluster includes researchers working in the fields of AMO (atomic, molecular, and optical) physics, Quantum Information, Laser Science, Plasma Physics, and some parts of Condensed Matter Physics. Topics of study include: the properties of light; fundamentals of quantum mechanics; the interaction of light with photonic crystals, semiconductors, quantum wells and superlattices; ultafast and nonlinear optical phenomena in condensed matter systems; Bose-Einstein condensation and neutral Fermi gases; trapped ions; plasma physics; and studies of biological systems using optical probes. Such a wide variety of interests are drawn together by a common focus on lasers as primary experimental tools, and on quantum mechanics as the primary theoretical paradigm.

Research Areas

Nonlinear Optics and Ultrafast Lasers

Photonic Materials and Resonant Optical Structures

Quantum Control

Quantum Information

Ultracold Atoms


See also the research topics listed on the condensed matter and biological physics pages, which include QO faculty.

Seminars

The QO/AMO (quantum optics and atomic, molecular, and optical physics) seminar is held regularly during the academic year (September - April), Monday mornings (10 a.m.) in Room MP1115 of the Burton Tower. Come early, have some donuts and coffee or tea, and talk with your colleagues.

Our Quantum Information seminar is held on Friday mornings at 11 am in the Fields Institute library (222 College St) and is affiliated with the CQIQC. The QuInf seminar ongoing work and ideas about quantum computation, cryptography, teleportation, et cetera. We hope to bring together interested parties from a variety of different backgrounds, including math, computer science, physics, chemistry, and engineering, to share ideas as well as open questions.

You also might also see the photos from our internal research symposium, typically held at the end of the summer.

Affiliations

Our activities are quite interdisciplinary, overlapping with other clusters in the department — condensed matter and biophysics — and bridging to other departments, including chemistrymathematics, and electrical engineering. Our members participate in three different programs (Quantum Materials, Quantum Information Processing, and Nanoscience) of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Two institutes have been founded by members of the QO cluster: the Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control and the Institute of Optical Sciences. We participate in the CREATE Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.