Talks & Lectures
9 Feb 2018
Babbio 104

Exploring the Gravity–Quantum Interface with Quantum Optics

Igor Pikovski, Harvard University & Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Igor Pikovski

The ability to manipulate and to control quantum optical systems has opened novel routes for quantum technologies and for fundamental research. In this talk I will discuss some new effects that arise at the interface between general relativity and quantum mechanics, and how to probe them in quantum optical experiments.


Dr. Igor Pikovski is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He received his Ph.D. in 2014 from the University of Vienna, where he worked on quantum optics and quantum foundations in the group of Caslav Brukner. Previously, he studied at the Free University of Berlin and at UCSB, working with Dirk Bouwmeester on opto-mechanical systems. In 2014, Pikovski received the ITAMP postdoctoral fellowship and in 2016 he became a Branco Weiss Fellow. Igor’s main research interests are quantum optics, opto-mechanics and gravitational effects in low-energy quantum theory that can be accessed in experiments.

For more information and opportunities to meet with the speaker, please contact Yuping Huang at [email protected]

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