Mikhail D. Lukin

Harvard University

Primary Section: 33, Applied Physical Sciences
Secondary Section: 13, Physics
Membership Type:
Member (elected 2018)


Mikhail Lukin received the Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University in 1998. He has been on a faculty of Harvard Physics Department since 2001, where he is currently George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics, and a co-Director of Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms and of Harvard Quantum Initiative. His research interests include quantum optics, quantum control of atomic and nanoscale solid-state systems, quantum metrology, nanophotonics, and quantum information science. He has co-authored over 350 technical papers and has received a number of awards, including the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, NSF Career Award, Adolph Lomb Medal of the Optical Society of America, AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, APS I.I.Rabi Prize, Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship, Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, and the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics.  He is a fellow of the OSA, APS, and AAAS and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Research Interests

Mikhail Lukin's research is in the areas of quantum optics and quantum information science. His current interests include quantum manipulation of atomic and nanoscale solid-state systems, quantum metrology and its applications, quantum nonlinear optics and nanophotonics. He and his group are developing new techniques for controlling strongly interacting photons, ultracold atoms, and solid-state atom-like systems. These techniques are used to study fundamental physical phenomena associated with quantum dynamics of many-body systems and to facilitate implementation of novel applications in quantum information processing, quantum communication and quantum metrology. These include realization and studies of novel quantum states of matter away from equilibrium, realization of quantum computers and quantum networks, and development of nanoscale quantum sensors with applications ranging from material science to biological imaging. In the course of this work they are also exploring the new scientific interfaces between quantum optics, atomic physics, condensed matter and information science. 

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