Atac Imamoglu has been full Professor of Quantum Electronics at the Department of Physics of the ETH Zurich since December 2002, where he is heading the research group on Quantum Photonics.
Prof. Imamoglu received his Ph.D from Stanford University with a dissertation on electromagnetically induced transparency and lasers without inversion. After postdoctoral stays at NTT Basic Research Laboratories in Tokyo, Japan and at the Institute of Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he joined The University of California at Santa Barbara as an Assistant Professor in 1993. He was promoted to Associate Professorship in 1997 and to full Professorship in 1999. Prof. Imamoglu has pioneered the use of quantum dots in study of quantum optical phenomena. In particular, his group demonstrated the first quantum dot single photon source, the Purcell effect, and the use of photon correlation spectroscopy to understand quantum dot physics.
Prof. Imamoglu has received the Wolfgang Paul Award of the Humboldt Foundation in 2002, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in 1996, and NSF Career Award in 1995. He is a fellow of the Amrican Physical Society and of the Optical Society of America.
Technical University of Munich
University of Innsbruck
1959-1963 Primary school
1963-1971 High school
1971-1973 Military service in Germany
1973-1979 Studies of physics at Univ.of Mainz, Diploma thesis: "Storage of mass separated Barium isotopes", Diploma degree 1979.
1979-1981 Dissertation in physics at Univ. of Mainz, PhD thesis: "Precision determination of the ground state hyperfine splitting of 137Ba+", doctoral degree 1981.
Academic education and positions held:
1981-1982 Univ. of Mainz (Prof. G. Werth), Research Associate
1982-1983 Joint Institute of Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA), Boulder, Co, USA, Research fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
1983-1984 Freie Universität Berlin (Prof. E. Matthias), Research Associate
1984-1987 University of Hamburg (Prof. P. Toschek), Research Associate
1988 Habilitation thesis
1989-1994 University of Hamburg, Heisenberg fellow
1991-1994 JILA, Boulder, Co., USA, several research visits
1994-1995 University of Göttingen, Professor of Physics at the 3. Physikalisches Institut since 1995 University of Innsbruck, Full Professor of Physics, currently Institute Director and member of the academic senate since 2003 Director of the newly founded Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Awards: 1989 Heisenberg fellowship award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and 1997 Innovations-Preis of the Tiroler Sparkasse for new ideas concerning quantum information processing.
Project support through Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung FWF (Spezialforschungsbereich SFB F015), European Union (TMR, IHP, IST), ARO, Austrian Industry (Institut für Quanteninformation GmbH), special funds of the Austrian ministry of science (BMBWK).
Memberships: Austrian Physical Society (ÖPG), German Physical Society (DPG), European Physical Society (EPS) (board member of the Quantum and Electro-Optics Division QEOD of EPS), American Physical Society (APS Fellow), Institute of Physics (IOP Fellow),
corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Science (ÖAW).
Editorial Work (current): Associate Editor of Quantum Information & Computation, Editorial board member of Quantum Information Processing, andEditorial board member of Applied Physics B (Lasers and Optics).
University of Basel
Daniel Loss received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the University of Zurich in 1985 under the supervision of Prof. A. Thellung. He stayed there as postdoctoral researcher for four more years before moving to the US in 1989. From 1989 to 1991 he worked as postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. A. J. Leggett, Urbana, and from 1991 to 1993 at IBM Research Center, NY (USA). In 1993 he moved to Vancouver (Canada) to become Assistant and then Associate Professor of Physics at Simon Fraser University. In 1996 he returned to Switzerland to become full Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Basel. Loss is director of the Basel Center for Quantum Computing and Quantum Coherence (QC2), and co-director (2006) of the Swiss National Center of Competence and Research (NCCR) in Nanoscale Science at the University of Basel. He received several prestigious fellowships, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and has been awarded the Humboldt Research Prize in 2005. He is married and has two sons.
Loss's research interests include many aspects of the theory of condensed matter systems with a particular focus on spin-dependent and phase-coherent phenomena (‘mesoscopics’) in semiconducting nanostructures and molecular magnets. A major portion of Loss's current research involves the theory of spin dynamics, spin coherence, spintronics in two-dimensional electron gases, and spin-related phenomena in semiconducting quantum dots--artificial atoms and molecules. Part of this work is related to quantum information processing (QIP)—quantum computing and quantum communication in solid state systems with focus on spin qubits, where Loss and collaborators made seminal contributions. Their theoretical predictions and proposals have stimulated many further investigations, and in particular many experimental programs on spin qubits worldwide. Current research includes spin relaxation and decoherence in quantum dots due to spin-orbit and hyperfine interaction; non-Markovian spin dynamics in bosonic and nuclear spin environments; generation and characterization of non-local entanglement with quantum dots, superconductors, Luttinger liquids or Coulomb scattering in interacting 2DEGs; spin currents in magnetic insulators and in semiconductors; spin Hall effect in disordered systems; spin orbit effects in transport and noise; asymmetric quantum shot noise in quantum dots; entanglement transfer from electron spins to photons; QIP with spin qubits in quantum dots and molecular magnets; macroscopic quantum phenomena (spin tunneling and coherence) in molecular and nanoscale magnetism.
University of Bristol
Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics
University of Vienna
Anton Zeilinger, born 1945 in Austria, has held positions at the University of Innsbruck, the Technical University of Munich, the Technical University of Vienna and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and distinguished visiting positions at Humboldt University in Berlin, Merton College of Oxford University and the Collège de France in Paris. Zeilinger received many awards for his scientific work, among the most recent being the King Faisal Prize (2005), and the first Newton Prize of the IOP (2007). He is a member of six Scientific Academies. Anton Zeilinger is currently Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna and Scientific Director of the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Since 2006, Zeilinger is the vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, an ambitious project initiated by Zeilinger's proposal. He is a fan of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams, going so far as to name his sailboat 42. In 2005 Anton Zeilinger was among the "10 people who could change the world", elected by the British newspaper New Statesman. In 2010 he received the Wolf Prize in Physics.
Ph.D., Universität Wien, thesis on "Neutron Depolarization in Dysprosium Single Crystals" under Prof. H. Rauch (1971); and Habilitation in Neutron and Solid State Physics, Techn. Univ. Wien (1979).
Appointments and Professional Activities:
‘Universitätsassistent', Atominstitut Wien, under Prof. H. Rauch (1972-1981); Guest Researcher (part-time), Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France (1974-1989); Fulbright Fellow in the U.S.A., Research Associate at M.I.T. in the Neutron Diffraction Laboratory under Prof. C.G. Shull (Nobel Laureate 1994) (1977-1978); Associate Professor of Physics, M.I.T. (1981-1983); 'Außerordentlicher Universitätsprofessor', Technische Universität Wien (1983-1990); Visiting Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia (1984); Adjunct Full Professor, part-time, Hampshire College, Amherst, U.S.A. (1986-1989); 'Universitätsprofessor' (C4, sabbatical), Techn. Univ. München (1988-1989); 'Ordentlicher Universitätsprofessor' (Full Professor) of Experimental Physics, Universität Innsbruck (1990-1999); Visiting Professor, Collège de France, Paris (1995);President, Austrian Physical Society (1996-1998); Visiting Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford University (1998); "Ordentlicher Universitätsprofessor" of Experimental Physics, University of Vienna (1999-present); and co-director, Institute of quantum optics and quantum information, IQOQI, Austrian Academy of Sciences (2004- present).
Prizes and Awards:
1970s: Prize of the City of Vienna for the Encouragement of Young Scientists (75) and Prize for Junior Scientists, Kardinal Innitzer Foundation, Vienna (79)
1980s: Prize of the Theodor Körner Foundation, Vienna (80) and Sir Thomas Lyle Fellow, University of Melbourne (84).
1990s: Corresponding Member, Austrian Academy of Sciences (94), Prix "Vinci d' Excellence", Fondation LVHM, Paris (95), Kardinal Innitzer Würdigungspreis, Vienna (96), Austrian Scientist of the Year (96), European Lecturer, European Physical Society (96). Welsh Lecturer, University of Toronto (97), European Optics Prize, European Optical Society (97), Honorary Professor, University of Science and Technology of China (98), Full Member, Austrian Academy of Sciences (98), Fellow, American Physical Society (99)
2000s: Member, Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea (00), Senior Humboldt Fellow Prize, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (00), Science Prize of the City of Vienna (00), Ehrenzeichen for the Sciences and Arts of the Republic of Austria (01), Member, Order "Orden pour le mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste" (01), Prize "Visionär 2001", ORF and "Der Standard" Austria (01), "World Future Award 2001", Men´s World Day (01), "Erwin Wenzl Preis 2001", Upper Austria (01), Chemerda Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University (02), Member, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (02), Johannes Kepler-Prize, Upper Austria Sartorius Prize (03), Academy of Sciences Göttingen (02), Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award, AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) (04), Lorenz-Oken-Medaille, Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte (04).
University of Innsbruck
Peter Zoller was born in Austria and attended high school and college at the Gymnasium Innsbruck, graduating in 1970. He earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Innsbruck in 1977. He has taught and done research there ever since, with the exception of 1990-1994, when he was at JILA in Colorado. He has also held guest professorships and lecturer positions at such diverse institutions as the University of Leiden, Harvard, and Tsinghua University in Beijing. From the beginning of his career, Zoller has been involved with the quantum effects of light interacting with matter. He focused on quantum optics and laser cooling. Zoller's research also includes using cold atoms to create a "quantum simulator" that could be used to study unexplained quantum phenomena such as those in high temperature superconductors.
Prof. Zoller has been presented with numerous scientific prizes and awards. Among those are the Max Born Award 1998 (Optical Society of America), the Wittgenstein Award 1998 (Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Austrian Science Foundation), the Niels Bohr/UNESCO Gold Medal 2005, the Max Planck Medal 2005 (German Physical Society), the Dirac Medal of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Triest in 2006, the “BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences 2008”, the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia (USA) in 2009, and the Blaise-Pascal-Medal in Physics of the European Academy in Sciences in 2011.
Professor Zoller is a member of several scientific organizations and academies such as the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the “Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina”. Furthermore he has been elected as a Foreign Associate of the Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences and of the US National Academy of Sciences, and as a Foreign Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.