Research groups

Our research groups are led by faculty members who specialize in various areas of optical molecular and quantum research. Each faculty member has a team of one or more graduate and postdoc students who have the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research under the supervision of our skilled and talented scientists. 

Students perform research in the Wang Lab
We study the physics of nanometer-scale systems like carbon nanotubes and graphene, and quantum systems in solids, like the nitrogen vacancy spin qubit (quantum bit) in diamond and the artificial atoms in hexagonal boron nitride.
The Oregon Ions Group develops techniques and hardware for trapped-ion quantum computing and precision measurement. More details can be found on our website:  
Advanced Projects Lab instrument
Jeffrey Cina’s research focuses on theoretical aspects of ultrafast spectroscopy, primarily in application to molecular systems in condensed phases. Current areas of investigation include (i) strategies to elucidate molecular processes in many-body systems triggered and probed by ultrashort laser... Read More
The Marcus group develops and applies novel optical and spectroscopic methods to study a range of biophysical problems. These include the conformational changes of biomolecular machines as they interact with and manipulate DNA, the coherent motions of optically excited electronic-vibrational... Read More
Electrons in quantum superpositions of electrons  Qubits, the building blocks for quantum computers, involve a quantum system being placed in a superposition of two states of being. Normally, an interaction
M.S. (Physics), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 1999 (Yu. E. Lozovik). Ph.D. (Chemistry), UC Irvine, 2007 (Wilson Ho). Postdoctoral: Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2007-2010 (Peter W. Sutter). Honors and Awards: NSF CAREER Award, 2015; Goldhaber Distinguished Fellowship, Brookhaven... Read More
Briefly, my interests are in quantum chaos and semiclassical physics applied to microcavity optics, as well as the optical and transport properties of mesoscopic systems. The work is theoretical in nature, involving both analytical and numerical modelling of physics and engineering related problems... Read More
Michael Raymer (left) and Andy Marcus in their lab.
Follow this link for descriptions of Raymer’s research, research group, and public engagement activities.Michael G. Raymer’s research focuses on the quantum mechanics of light and its interaction with atoms and molecules, with applications in nonlinear optics, quantum communications technology, and... Read More
Smith lab
Experimental Quantum Physics
Daniel Steck’s research interests are rooted in the physics of ultracold atoms.  In particular, he is interested in problems that cross over into the subject of nonlinear dynamical systems, a fascinating, interdisciplinary area.  The intersection of these two areas addresses a range of problems ... Read More
Van Enk
Steven van Enk’s research focuses on the theoretical study of quantum-optical implementations of quantum-information-processing (QIP) protocols. He is mainly interested in quantum communication protocols such as teleportation and quantum cryptography. These protocols can all be implemented using... Read More
Our group explores quantum optical phenomena of solid state systems, including spins in diamond, excitons in semiconductors, and mechanical excitations in microspheres and nanobeams. We develop new experimental techniques for the manipulation of spins, excitons, and mechanical excitations via... Read More
My lab focuses on RNA, which performs a plethora of different functions in the cell by folding into specific structures and interconverting between different structures. We use a variety of biophysical techniques to probe the structures and dynamics of systems ranging from isolated RNAs to large... Read More
Photovoltaic and optoelectronic materials are often assembled from nanoscale building blocks, such as small organic molecules, quantum dots, or polymers. Different methods can be used to put these building blocks together, but one of the most common and cost-effective methods is deposition from a... Read More