Spring 2017 

Talks are in B&L 109 at 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Thursday March 23

John Nichol, University of Rochester

Coherence and quantum optics with single electron spins in solids

Thursday March 16

No meeting today (Spring Break and APS March Meeting)

Thursday March 9

Special Colloquium - Institute of Optics, Goergen

René Essiambre, Bell Labs Alcatel Lucent

Thursday March 2

Spring Semester Get Together - see you at 4!

Fall 2016 

Talks are in B&L 109 at 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Thursday November 10th

Prof. Antonio Zelaquett-Khoury, Univ. Fluminense, Rio de Janiero

Classical and quantum non-deparability of vector vortices

Friday November 4th

Ralf Menzel, Institute of Physics and Astronomy, Potsdam University, Potsdam, Germany

Complementarity, light modes and vacuum fields

NOTE: This talk will be at 2:30 p.m. in B&L 106

Thursday November 3th

Xiao Feng Qian, Univ. Rochester, Institute of Optics

Non-quantum Complementarity – Triality Rather than Duality

Friday October 14th

Paul Kwiat, U. of Illinois

Quantum sources, memories, and applications:

Better living through time multiplexing

NOTE: This talk will be at 2:00 p.m. in B&L 106

Thursday September 29th

Benjamin D'Anjou, McGill University

Optimization of real-world qubit measurements

Spring 2016

Thursday May 5th

Yiming Lai, University of Rochester

A genetic approach to confine and to slow light in photonic crystals

Thursday March 24th

Shival Buch, University of Rochester

Inspecting non-linear phenomena in multi-mode fibers

Aku Antikainen, University of Rochester

Optical event horizons and temporal fluctuations in supercontinuum generation


Monday March 21st – Goergen 108

Professor Jason Smith, University of Oxford, UK

Open access optical microcavities for controlled light-matter interaction

Thursday March 10th

Govind Agrawal, The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester

Space-time duality in optics

Thursday February 25th

Professor Miguel Alonso, University of Rochester

Can [optical device n] perform [seemingly unphysical task n]?

Thursday February 18th

Xiaofeng Qian, University of Rochester

Quantifying quantum resource sharing

Professor Miguel Alonso, University of Rochester

A geometric description of entanglement (and polarization)

Thursday February 5th

Yunjin Choi, University of Rochester

Thermoelectric energy harvesting at the nano scale

Omar Magaña-Loaiza, University of Rochester

Measuring exotic looped trajectories of light in a three-slit interferometer

Fall 2015

Thursday November 19th

Frank Hou, University of Rochester

Electronic coherence and the kinetics of energy transfer in light-harvesting systems

Thursday November 12th

Liping Chen, University of Rochester

Laser induced currents along nanoscale junctions

Arnad Kar, University of Rochester

Understanding the fundamental connection between electronic correlation and decoherence

Thursday November 5th

Herschel Rabitz, Princeton University

Theoretical and Experimental Aspects of Controlled Quantum Dynamics

Thursday October 29th

Andrew Jordan, The University of Rochester

What I did at my Côte d'Azur conference -- Spooky energy gain in a weakly measured fluorescing qubit

Thursday October 22tnd

Donut Gathering

Thursday October 8th

Yakir Aharanov


Thursday September 24th

Shengshi Pang, University of Rochester

Enhancing the precision of weak measurements

Thursday September 17th

Ryan Camacho, Sandia National Laboratories


Thursday September 10th

Xiaofeng Qian, University of Rochester

Detecting hidden coherences in classical light

Summer 2015

Tuesday August 11th

Yoko Miyamoto, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan

Interferometric methods for probing orbital angular momentum of light

Spring 2015

Thursday April 30th

Michael Hartridge, Yale University

Remote entanglement of transmon qubits

Thursday April 23

Svetlana Lukishova, The University of Rochester

"Single-photon experiments with liquid crystals for quantum
science and quantum engineering applications"

Thursday April 16

Professor John Howell, The Univesity of Rochester

"Physics of Invisibility"

Thursday April 9

Professor Foek Hioe, St. John Fisher College and the University of Rochester

“Analytic Solutions of Two-, Three-State Systems and Others, A
Review in Memory of Clark E. Carroll”

Thursday March 26

Justin T. Schultz, The University of Rochester

“A ‘Spin’ on Atom Optics: A waveplate for studying atom-optic polarization”

Wednesday March 4

William D. Phillips, JQI at the University of Maryland and NIST, Gaithersburgh

Special Colloquium, Joint with Physics and Astronomy and the Institute of Optics

"Synthetic Fields for Neutral Atoms"

Monday March 2

Professor Alexy Ikimov, Russian Quantum Center

"Light-mater interfaces for solid-state quantum emiters"

Thursday February 26
Mohammad Mirhosseini and Omar Magana Lopez, The University of Rochester
Livestreamed: No

Mohammad: "Information capacity of a photon: studies in high dimensional QKD"
Omar: "Novel interference effects in the angular domain"

Thursday February 6

Professor Peter Knight, FRS

Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London
Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Chicheley Hall
UK National Physical Laboratory, and The University of Rochester

this is a special lecture at 2:00 to be held in Sloan Auditorium

"Sustaining Science in a Difficult World"

Thursday January 29

Professor Vladimir K. Ignatovic, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia

"Closer look at Bell's inequality and its significance within the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox"

Fall 2014

December 11

Dr. Ryszard Kostecki, Perimeter Institute

"New quantum kinematics and dynamics based on geometry of quantum information"

December 4

Dr. Bianca Dittrich, Perimeter Institute

"Quantum space time engineering"

Nov 13

Ignacio Franco, University of Rochester , Department of Chemistry

“Electronic decoherence in molecules”


Nov 6

David McCamant, University of Rochester Department of Chemistry

“Spectroscopic Pathways through Molecular Energy Levels"


October 30th

Anthony Vella and Stephen Head

"Characterizing subwavelength structures through focused beam

scatterometry; getting inspiration from weak measurements"


October 24

Daniel Campbell,  Joint Quantum Institute and the Department of Physics, the University of Maryland.  

“Domains and spin-orbit coupling in ultracold gasses”


October 16th

Thomas Brown and Katelynn Sharma

"Measuring spatial coherence through the shadow of small obstacles,

and polarization using stress birefringence"


October 9th

Wayne Myrvold, University of Western Ontario

"Why I am not a QBist: The case for quantum state realism"


October 7, 2014

Prof. Ralf Menzel, Potsdam University (Berlin)

"One-photon Double-Slit Experiments"


Oct 6

Miguel Alonso


September 25th

Xiao-Feng Qian and Bethany Little, The University of Rochester

"Is a Bell test a good test to discriminate quantum from classical?”


September 18th

Gerardo Viza and Julian Martinez, The University of Rochester

“Weak Values and Technical Noise”

September 8 - 10

Prof. Anton Zeilinger, Institute for Quantum Optics & Quantum Information, the University of Vienna


The Elliott W. Montrol Lectures

Sponsored by

The Department of Physics and Astronomy

joint with the

The Institute of Optics and the

Center for Coherence and Quantum Optics


September 8

“Quantum imaging with undetected photons”

September 9

“From Einstein's spook and Schrödinger's cat to quantum communication and quantum computation”

Wed, September 10

“Entangled photons in large spaces”

Spring 2014

April 3

Henry EverittHenry Everitt
Chief Scientist, Army Aviation and Missile RD&E Center
Adjunct Professor of Physics, Duke University

March 31

Marco DavancoMarcelo Davanco
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Nanocenter of University of Maryland

January 30

Mishkat BhattacharyaMishkat Bhattacharya
Rochester Institute of Technology


Fall 2013

December 12

Dr. Justin LovegroveDr. Justin Lovegrove
University of Southampton


December 5

Al ShapereAl Shapere
University of Kentucky


November 21

Daniel JamesDaniel James
University of Toronto


November 14

Govind AgrawalYuzhe XiaoGovind Agrawal and Yuzhe Xiao
University of Rochester


November 7

Vladan VuleticProf. Vladan Vuletic
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


October 24

Yuhong YaoYuhong Yao
University of Rochester


October 17

Wei JiangXiyuan LuWei Jiang and Xiyuan Lu
University of Rochester


October 10

Qiang LinQiang Lin
University of Rochester


October 3

Kartik SrinivasanKartik Srinivasan
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


September 26

Areeya ChantasriGregory HowlandAreeya Chantasri and Gregory Howland
University of Rochester


September 19

Nick VamivakasNick Vamivakas
University of Rochester


September 12

Introduction to the Center