Poul Jessen

Chair of Quantum Information and Control
Professor of Optical Sciences
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Meinel 604
Wyant College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0094


  • 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


  • 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.


  • Ph.D., The University of Aarhus (Denmark), 1993
  • M.Sc., The University of Aarhus (Denmark), 1989
  • B.Sc., The University of Aarhus (Denmark), 1987