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.

Paper Accepted 9/6/2018

Alexandros GeorgakopoulosAriel Sommer

Congratulations to Alex Georgakopoulos and Ariel Sommer, for the acceptance of their paper Theory of Interacting Cavity Rydberg Polaritons, accepted to IOP/QST.

Congratulations 8/20/2018

Alexandros Georgakopoulos

Congratulations to Dr. Alexandros Georgakopoulos on the successful defense of his thesis!

Congratulations 7/30/2018

Ruichao MaBrendan SaxbergClai Owens

Congratulations to Ruichao Ma, Brendan Saxberg, Clai Owens, Nelson Leung and Yao Lu for their paper A Dissipatively Stabilized Mott Insulator of Photons posted to the arXiv today.

Congratulations 7/24/2018

Jia Ningyuan

Congratulations to Dr. Jia Ningyuan on the successful defense of his thesis!

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, Brendan Saxberg, Clai Owens, Nelson Leung and Yao Lu, Jonathan Simon and David Schuster, "A Dissipatively Stabilized Mott Insulator of Photons" arXiv 1807.11342 (2018)

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" arXiv: 1807.05243 (2018)

Logan Clark, Ningyuan Jia, Nathan Schine, Claire Baum, Alexandros Georgakopoulos, Jonathan Simon, "Interacting Floquet Polaritons" arXiv: 1806.10621 (2018)

Alexandros Georgakopoulos, Ariel Sommer, Jonathan Simon, "Theory of Interacting Cavity Rydberg Polaritons" arXiv: 1805.07315 (2018)

Ningyuan Jia, Nathan Schine, Alexandros Georgakopoulos, Albert Ryou, Ariel Sommer, Jonathan Simon, "A Strongly Interacting Polaritonic Quantum Dot" Nature Physics 14, 550 (2018)

Peter Ivanov, Fabian Letscher, Jonathan Simon, Michael Fleischhauer, "Adiabatic flux insertion and growing of Laughlin states of cavity Rydberg polaritons" arXiv: 1803.04156 (2018)

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