Poul Jessen

  • Faculty Affiliation: OSC Professor
  • Research Specialty: Optical Physics
Chair of Quantum Information and Control
Professor of Optical Sciences
Office Location: 
Meinel 604
Mailing Address: 

College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0094

Phone Number: 
520-621-8267
Fax: 
520-621-6778
Education: 
  • Ph.D., The University of Aarhus (Denmark), 1993
  • M.Sc., The University of Aarhus (Denmark), 1989
  • B.Sc., The University of Aarhus (Denmark), 1987
Employment: 
  • Chair of Quantum Information and Control: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 2011-present
  • Professor: The University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center/College of Optical Sciences, 2002-present
  • Associate Professor: The University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center, 1998-2002
  • Assistant Professor: The University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center, 1993-1998
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: University of Maryland, 1993
  • Guest Researcher: National Institute of Standards and Technology, 1990 and 1992
Awards and Honors: 
  • The University of Arizona: College Award of Distinction for Graduate Teaching, 2008
  • National Science Foundation: CAREER Award, 1995-1997
  • American Physical Society: Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular or Optical Physics, Finalist, 1994
  • Research and Development Magazine: R&D 100 Award, 1991
Courses: 
OPTI 503
OPTI 511L
OPTI 543X
OPTI 545
OPTI 547X
OPTI 640X
OPTI 646
OPTI 648X
Specific Research Interests: 
  • Quantum state preparation, coherent control, quantum tunneling and transport phenomena in optical lattices.
  • Quantum computation.
  • Macroscopic superposition states and coherent evolution in dissipative quantum systems.
  • Few-body quantum state preparation in optical lattices.
  • Matter-wave equivalent of the laser-micromaser.
  • Atom optics in nanofabrication.
  • Laser cooling, trapping and manipulation of atoms and ions.

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