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.

Welcome 8/3/2019

Lukas Palm

Welcome to Lukas Palm, who has joined the group as a graduate researcher; he joins us from the University of Heidelberg where he worked with Professor Selim Joachim.

Congratulations 7/15/2019

Logan ClarkNathan SchineClaire BaumJia Ningyuan

Congratulations to Logan Clark, Nathan Schine, Claire Baum, and Ningyuan Jia for their new paper Observation of Laughlin states made of light, posted to the arXiv today.

In the news... 7/3/2019

Logan ClarkJia NingyuanNathan SchineClaire BaumAlexandros Georgakopoulos

Congratulations to Logan Clark, Ningyuan Jia, Nathan Schine, Claire Baum, and Alexandros Georgakopoulos for their paper Interacting Floquet Polaritons just published in Nature. Here is a press release explaining the science.

Congratulations 5/24/2019

Ruichao Ma

Congrats to Ruichao Ma, who has just accepted a faculty position in physics at Purdue University; his website is here. He will be missed!

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

Logan W Clark, Nathan Schine, Claire Baum, Ningyuan Jia and Jonathan Simon, "Observation of Laughlin states made of light" arXiv preprint arXiv:1907.05872, (2019)

Logan W Clark, Ningyuan Jia, Nathan Schine, Claire Baum, Alexandros Georgakopoulos, Jonathan Simon, "Interacting Floquet Polaritons" Nature 571, 532–536, (2019)

Tomoki Ozawa, Hannah M Price, Alberto Amo, Nathan Goldman, Mohammad Hafezi, Ling Lu, Mikael Rechtsman, David Schuster, Jonathan Simon, Oded Zilberberg, Iacopo Carusotto, "Topological Photonics" Rev. Mod. Phys. 91, 015006, (2019)

Ruichao Ma, Brendan Saxberg, Clai Owens, Nelson Leung and Yao Lu, Jonathan Simon and David Schuster, "A Dissipatively Stabilized Mott Insulator of Photons" Nature 566, 51–57, (2019)

Nathan Schine, Michelle Chalupnik, Tankut Can, Andrey Gromov, Jonathan Simon, "Measuring Electromagnetic and Gravitational Responses of Photonic Landau Levels" Nature 565, 173-179, (2019)

Leon Lu, Ningyuan Jia, Lin Su, Clai Owens, Gediminas Juzeliunas, David Schuster, Jonathan Simon, "Probing the Berry Curvature and Fermi Arcs of a Weyl Circuit" Physical Review B 99, 020302, (2019)

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