On the Shape of the Photon: Pulse-Shaping for Quantum Control

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Thursday, April 14, 1003 Kemper Hall, 4:00pm

Speaker: Professor Yaron Silberg
Harry Weinrebe Professor of Laser Physics,
Dept. of Physics of Complex Systems, Weizmann Institute of Science

Host: Professor S. J. Ben Yoo


I will describe research my group has conducted over the last 15 years using the Heritage-Weiner pulse shaper. Shaping of classical femtosecond pulses enabled control of nonlinear quantum interactions with atoms and molecules and application in molecular spectroscopy and microscopy. Using nonclassical light, we introduced pulse shaping into the quantum domain and demonstrated shaping of single photons.


Yaron SilberbergA graduate of the Feinberg Graduate School, Prof. Yaron Silberberg's area of expertise is ultrafast optics and nonlinear optics. He spent several years as a physicist in the Israel Defense Forces and at Bellcore Labs, New Jersey. He joined the Weizmann Institute's Physics of Complex Systems Department in 1994 and was appointed its Head in 1999. In 2002 he became Dean of the Physics Faculty and is Head of the Center for Experimental Physics. He has made major contributions to the field of optical physics, including the invention of third-harmonic-generation microscopy. Prof. Silberberg is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and has served as an editor of its journal.