The Simon Lab at The University of Chicago


The Simon Lab explores the interface of condensed matter physics and quantum optics, employing tools from atomic physics, control theory, and state-of-the-art technology developed in-house. We build materials from light, investigate the role of topology in determining material properties, and tackle challenges at the crossroads between strong correlations and quantum coherence.


 

Making Materials from Light

Matter is typically made of electrons and ions. By developing tools to build materials from photons, we learn about the underpinnings of material properties, and have an opportunity to create matter which previously existed only in the minds of theorists.

Exploring Small Quantum Systems

The laws of quantum mechanics teach us how individual objects behave. When several such objects to interact coherent, the behaviors that emerge are both bizarre and beautiful. We investigate these behaviors with an eye towards material properties, quantum information processing and quantum-secured communication.

 

A Twisted View of Matter

A new generation of materials has revealed that "hidden", non-local order can have far-reaching implications on material properties. These exotic properties often evade detection in the bulk, and manifest as unidirectional edge states, or even more fascinatingly, appear to bind a giant magnet to each quasi-particle, inducing exotic braiding statistics via Aharanov-Bohm phases.

5/11/2021

Matt JaffeLukas PalmClaire BaumLavanya Taneja

Congrutulations to Matt Jaffe, Lukas Palm, Claire Baum and Lavanya Taneja for their paper Aberrated optical cavities, submitted to the arXiv today.

Welcome 4/15/2021

Danial Shadmany

A warm welcome to Danial Shadmany, joining the group in fall 2021, and working remotely on classical time-crystals and small-waist resonators in the interim.

01/15/2021

Claire Baum

A cool profile of Claire Baum on the PSD website!

Paper Published 12/17/2020

Mark StoneAziza SuleymanzadeLavanya Taneja

Congratulations to Mark Stone, Aziza Suleymanzade and Lavanya Taneja on their paper "Optical mode conversion in coupled Fabry–Perot resonators" published today in Optics Letters.

Atomic Physics

Atomic Physics

Cavity Rydberg Polaritons

Cavity Rydberg Polaritons

Topological Photonics in Curved Space

Topological Photonics in Curved Space

Photonic Materials in Quantum Circuits

Photonic Materials in Quantum Circuits

Hybrid Quantum Systems

Hybrid Quantum Systems

Theory

Theory

R. O. Umucalılar, Jonathan Simon, Iacopo Carusotto, "Autonomous stabilization of photonic Laughlin states through angular momentum potentials" arXiv: 2105.06751, (2021)

Matt Jaffe, Lukas Palm, Claire Baum, Lavanya Taneja, and Jonathan Simon, "Aberrated optical cavities" Physical Review A 104, 013524, (2021)

Logan W Clark, Nathan Schine, Claire Baum, Ningyuan Jia and Jonathan Simon, "Observation of Laughlin states made of light" Nature 582, 41-45, (2020)

Mark Stone, Aziza Suleymanzade, Lavanya Taneja, David Schuster and Jonathan Simon, "Optical mode conversion in coupled Fabry-Pérot resonators" Optics Letters 46, 21-24, (2020)

Iacopo Carusotto, Andrew Houck, Alicia J. Kollár, Pedram Roushan, David Schuster, and Jonathan Simon, "Photonic materials in circuit quantum electrodynamics" Nature Physics 16, 268–279, (2020)

Aziza Suleymanzade, Alexander Anferov, Mark Stone, Ravi K. Naik, Jonathan Simon, and David Schuster, "A tunable High-Q millimeter wave cavity for hybrid circuit and cavity QED experiments" Applied Physics Letters 116, 104001, (2020)

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