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Nathaniel P. Stern

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Co-Director, Applied Physics Program

Ph.D. in Physics, UC Santa Barbara, 2008; B.S. in Physics, Harvey Mudd College, 2003

Research Interests

Nathaniel Stern's research interests are focused on the fundamental quantum interactions of photons with atoms, nano-scale structures, and magnetic materials. Our research objective is to explore the novel optical and magnetic properties of nano-scale solid-state systems, focusing on the collective quantum interactions which emerge between photons and zero-dimensional electronic structures. Experimental approaches are drawn from a wide range of optical techniques, from time-resolved spectroscopy to ultra-low light detection at the single-photon level. Our work seeks to bring the methods of semiconductor physics, photonics, and atomic quantum optics to bear on new physical questions concerning how light and matter interact on the smallest scales, with potential impact throughout the disciplines of photonics, quantum information, magnetism, materials science, and nanoscience.

Selected Publications