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.

Congratulations 1/20/2017

Ruichao MaClai Owens

Congratulations to Ruichao Ma and Clai Owens for their paper "An Autonomous Stabilizer for Incompressible Photon Fluids and Solids" submitted to the arXiv.

Paper Published 1/7/2017

Albert Ryou

Congratulations to Albert Ryou for his paper "Active cancellation of acoustical resonances with an FPGA FIR filter" published in Review of Scientific Instruments.

Paper Published 12/1/2016

Ruichao MaClai Owens

Congratulations to Ruichao Ma, and Clai Owens for the paper "Engineering Topological Many-Body Materials in Microwave Cavity Arrays" published in Physical Review X .

Welcome 11/29/2016

Evan Mata

Welcome to Evan Mata, who has joined the group as an undergraduate researcher.

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

Ruichao Ma, Clai Owens, Andrew Houck, David I Schuster, Jonathan Simon, "An Autonomous Stabilizer for Incompressible Photon Fluids and Solids" arXiv:1701.04544, 2017

Albert Ryou, Jonathan Simon, "Active Cancellation of Acoustical Resonances with an FPGA FIR Filter" Review of Scientific Instruments Volume 88, 1 2017

Nathan Schine, Albert Ryou, Andrey Gromov, Ariel Sommer, Jonathan Simon, "Synthetic Landau levels for photons" Nature 534, 671-5 2016

Ariel Sommer, Jonathan Simon, "Engineering photonic Floquet Hamiltonians through Fabry-Perot resonators" New Journal of Physics 3, 035008 2016

Jia Ningyuan, Alexandros Georgakopoulos, Albert Ryou, Nathan Schine, Ariel Sommer, Jonathan Simon, "Observation and characterization of cavity Rydberg polaritons" Physical Review A 4, 041802 2016

Ruichao Ma, Clai Owens, Aman LaChapelle, David I Schuster, Jonathan Simon, "Hamiltonian tomography of photonic lattices" arXiv:1607.05180, 2016

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