The Simon Lab at Stanford University


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 05/31/2022

Nathan Schine

Congratulations to Nathan Schine on accepting a faculty position @ JQI.

Congratulations 05/12/2022

12/10/2021

SimonLab

The group will be moving to Stanford in 2022!

Congratulations 9/12/2021

Clai OwensMeg PanettaBrendan SaxbergGabrielle RobertsRuichao Ma

Congratulations to Clai Owens, Meg Panetta, Brendan Saxberg, Gabrielle Roberts, Vatsan Chakram, and Ruichao Ma on their paper Chiral Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, submitted to the arXiv today.

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

Matt Jaffe, Lukas Palm, Claire Baum, Lavanya Taneja, Aishwarya Kumar, and Jonathan Simon, "Understanding and suppressing backscatter in optical resonators" arXiv: 2205.05203, (2022)

Clai Owens, Margaret G. Panetta, Brendan Saxberg, Gabrielle Roberts, Srivatsan Chakram, Ruichao Ma, Andrei Vrajitoarea, Jonathan Simon, David Schuster, "Chiral Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics" arXiv: 2109.06033, (2021)

R. O. Umucalılar, Jonathan Simon, Iacopo Carusotto, "Autonomous stabilization of photonic Laughlin states through angular momentum potentials" Phys. Rev. A 104, 023704, (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)

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