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Research on Quantum Atom-Light Interactions at the ICFO (Barcelona) Dr. Darrick Edward Chang (RYC-2012-12266)

Darrick Chang gained an ERC Starting Grant (2014) to fund his project intitled “Frontiers of Quantum Atom-Light Interactions (FoQAL)”.

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, graduating with distinction from Stanford University in 2001. I subsequently obtained a one-year Fulbright fellowship for theoretical physics research at the University of Turku in Finland, and then graduated from Harvard University with a PhD in physics in 2008, with a specialty in theoretical quantum optics. My work at Harvard included pioneering contributions to the field of quantum plasmonics, with novel proposals to use these systems for quantum information processing and single-photon nonlinear optics. I received a three-year independent postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Quantum Information at the California Institute of Technology, where I collaborated closely with experimental groups to develop new paradigms and applications of quantum optomechanical systems and atom-nanophotonics interfaces. Since October 2011, I have been a group leader at the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona. My current research interests lie in the field of theoretical quantum nanophotonics. In particular, we investigate how stateof-the-art nanophotonic systems can be leveraged toward future quantum technologies, and develop theoretical tools to understand the emerging quantum phenomena. This research is highly interdisciplinary and lies at the interface of quantum optics, nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, condensed matter physics, optomechanics, and quantum information science. We also collaborate closely with leading experimental groups around the world. In total, I have 25 papers published (or under review) in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals, including 5 within the Nature family of journals. These papers have been cited over 1200 times in total. In addition, I have obtained one patent for my work in quantum plasmonics, and have recently received a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant to facilitate my current research efforts in atom-nanophotonics interfaces.

At present, I continue leading the group “Theoretical quantum-nano photonics” at The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona under a Ramón y Cajal contract. Further information about this group may be found at this site:

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