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RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science

Quantum Condensed Matter Research Group

Group Director: Franco Nori (Ph.D.)
Franco  Nori(Ph.D.)

We perform research in theoretical condensed matter physics, including quantum information processing, computational physics, transport phenomena, energy conversion and solar energy, as well as the dynamics of complex systems. Our research work is interdisciplinary and also explores the interface between atomic physics, quantum optics, nano-science, and computing. We are also studying artificial photosynthesis, light-to-electricity conversion, nano-mechanics, hybrid quantum electro-mechanical systems, quantum nano-electronics and quantum emulators. Particular emphasis is being placed on superconducting Josephson-junction qubits, scalable quantum circuitry and improved designs for their quantum control. An underlying theme of our work is to better understand nano-scale quantum systems and devise methods to control them. We use physical models to make predictions that can be tested experimentally and that can be used to better understand the observed phenomena.

Main Research Field


Related Research Fields

Engineering / Materials Sciences / Biology & Biochemistry / Computer Science / Multidisciplinary

Research Subjects

  • Theoretical condensed matter physics
  • Quantum computing, Quantum information processing, Superconducting qubits.
  • Artificial atoms, Interface between atomic physics, quantum optics, and condensed matter physics.
  • Computational physics
  • Complex systems

Selected Publications

  1. K.Y. Bliokh, A.Y. Bekshaev, F. Nori:
    "Extraordinary momentum and spin in evanescent waves"
    Nature Communications 5, 3300 (2014).
  2. B. Peng, et al.:
    "Loss-induced suppression and revival of lasing"
    Science 346, 328-332 (2014).
  3. I. Georgescu, S. Ashhab, F. Nori:
    "Quantum Simulation"
    Rev. Mod. Phys. 86, 153 (2014).
  4. Z.-L. Xiang, S. Ashhab, J.Q. You, F. Nori:
    "Hybrid quantum circuits: Superconducting circuits interacting with other quantum systems"
    Rev. Mod. Phys. 85, 623 (2013).
  5. P.D. Nation, J.R. Johansson, M.P. Blencowe, F. Nori:
    "Stimulating uncertainty: Amplifying the quantum vacuum with superconducting circuits"
    Rev. Mod. Phys. 84, 1-24 (2012).
  6. J.Q. You, F. Nori:
    "Atomic physics and quantum optics using superconducting circuits"
    Nature 474, 589 (2011)
  7. C.M. Wilson, et al.:
    "Observation of the dynamical Casimir effect in a superconducting circuit"
    Nature 479, 376 (2011).
    Physics World top five Breakthroughs of the Year 2011. Also, the top Readers' choice of 2011 on Nature News.
  8. P.K. Ghosh, A.Yu. Smirnov, F. Nori:
    "Artificial photosynthetic reaction centers coupled to light-harvesting antennas"
    Phys. Rev. E 84, 061138 (2011).
  9. I. Buluta, S. Ashhab, F. Nori:
    "Natural and artificial atoms for quantum computation"
    Reports on Progress in Physics 74, 104401 (2011).
  10. I. Buluta, F. Nori:
    "Quantum Simulators"
    Science 326, 108 (2009).

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Franco Nori
Group Director

Core Members

Xuedong Hu
Research Scientist
Kostiantyn Bliokh
Research Scientist
Neill Wooldridge Lambert
Research Scientist
Pulak Kumar Ghosh
Research Scientist
Zhou Li
Postdoctoral Researcher
Mauro Cirio
Postdoctoral Researcher
Nan Yang
Postdoctoral Researcher
Roberto Stassi
Postdoctoral Researcher
Nathan Shammah
Postdoctoral Researcher
Dong Hou
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ken Funo
Postdoctoral Researcher
Tao Li
Postdoctoral Researcher
Anton Wilhelm Frisk Kockum
Visiting Researcher
Natsuko Ishida
Visiting Scientist
Suguru Endo
Junior Research Associate
Daniel Herr
International Program Associate

Contact information

Main Research Building, 325
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)48-467-9681
Fax: +81-(0)48-467-9650

Email: ais [at]

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