IEEE Photonics Society

Boston Photonics Society Chapter

Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society

Emerging Optical Materials Workshop PDF

Wednesday, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 2017, 7:00–9:30 PM
Located at MIT Lincoln Laboratory – 3 Forbes Road, Lexington, MA 02420, USA

April 5, 2017
8:15 PM

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Topological Cavity QED: Photonic Landau Levels In Curved Space Slides

Prof. Jonathan Simon, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Prof. Jonathan Simon, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Abstract:  I will present recent work realizing topological phases of photons, both in curved space, and in lattices. The talk will focus on our recent exploration of Landau levels on a conical surface, generated using a non-planar (twisted) optical resonator to induce a synthetic magnetic field for optical photons, and employed to validate the famous Wen-Zee action. I will then discuss ongoing efforts to employ resonator Rydberg-electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) to mediate photon-photon interactions, and techniques we are developing to assemble topological few-body states both photon-by-photon, and through microscopic devices engineered for photon thermalization. I will conclude with our recent observation of time-resolved helical edge dynamics in Z_2 topological circuit lattices, and a T-broken extension in the microwave domain using arrays of 3D cavities and circuit quantum electrodynamics techniques. This work showcases the unique possibilities for Hamiltonian engineering and control in the photonic sector, a provides a taste of upcoming breakthroughs in engineering quantum materials from photons.


Biography:  Jonathan Simon studies quantum many-body physics by engineering synthetic materials from ultracold atoms. Following the first observation of Bose-Einstein condensation in an atomic gas, extensive research has led to broad-reaching advances in the control that physicists exert over the dynamics and interactions of ultracold atoms. At the extraordinarily low temperatures now achievable, these systems behave as idealized materials whose interactions and crystalline geometry can be tuned at will, providing a new platform to study condensed matter phenomena under precisely controlled conditions. Simon’s research explores this rich interface between condensed matter and atomic physics, and brings to bear new microscopy techniques that enable single-particle manipulation and imaging of strongly correlated materials. His work should enhance our understanding of the quantum correlations that develop in interacting systems and holds promise to elucidate the connection between microscopic correlations and the unusual properties of exotic materials.

Simon has co-authored numerous publications, including “Quantum Simulation of Antiferromagnetic Spin Chains in an Optical Lattice” and “Orbital Excitation Blockade and Algorithmic Cooling of Quantum Gases.”

Simon earned his PhD in physics from Harvard University in 2010 and a BS in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2004. He is the recipient of the Martin and Beate Block Award from the Aspen Center for Physics and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) Newcomb Cleveland Prize.

Simon joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.


The workshop expenses have
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For more information on the technical content of the workshop, contact either:
1) Keisuke Kojima, (, Emerging Optical Materials Workshop Co-Chair
2) Farhad Hakimi, (, Emerging Optical Materials Workshop Co-Chair
3) Bill Nelson, (, Emerging Optical Materials Workshop Co-Chair
4) Dean Tsang, (, Emerging Optical Materials Workshop Co-Chair
5) Jade Wang (, Emerging Optical Materials Workshop Co-Chair
6) Ajay Garg, (, Boston Photonics Society Chair