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Theoretical Quantum Physics Laboratory

Chief Scientist: 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, quantum information, and computing. We are also studying optics, nanophotonics, 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.

Main Research Field

Mathematical and physical sciences

Related Research Fields

Complex systems / Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Mathematical and physical sciences / Engineering


  • Theoretical condensed matter physics
  • Quantum computing
  • Artificial atoms
  • Computational physics
  • Complex systems

Selected Publications

  1. M. Antognozzi, et al.:
    "Direct measurements of the extraordinary optical momentum and transverse spin-dependent force using a nano-cantilever"
    Nature Physics 12, 731-735 (2016).
  2. K.Y. Bliokh, D. Smirnova, F. Nori.:
    "Quantum spin Hall effect of light"
    Science 348, 1448-1451 (2015).
  3. X.Y. Lu, Y. Wu, J.R. Johansson, H. Jing, J. Zhang, F. Nori.:
    "Squeezed Optomechanics with Phase-matched Amplification and Dissipation"
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 093602 (2015).
  4. K.Y. Bliokh, A.Y. Bekshaev, F. Nori.:
    "Extraordinary momentum and spin in evanescent waves"
    Nature Communications 5, 3300 (2014).
  5. B. Peng, et al.:
    "Loss-induced suppression and revival of lasing"
    Science 346, 328-332 (2014).
  6. I. Georgescu, S. Ashhab, F. Nori.:
    "Quantum Simulation"
    Rev. Mod. Phys. 86, 153 (2014).
  7. 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).
  8. 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).
  9. J.Q. You, F. Nori.:
    "Atomic physics and quantum optics using superconducting circuits"
    Nature 474, 589 (2011)
  10. 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.