Welcome to the Hafezi Research Group

Recent advances in nanophotonic devices have enabled a variety of new technologies, including light-based classical information processing as a promising alternative to electronic signals in future circuits, non-classical light generation, and potential avenues for quantum information sciences. Our group aims to theoretically and experimentally investigate various quantum properties of light-matter interaction for applications in quantum information processing and sensing. Moreover, we explore associated fundamental phenomena, such as many-body physics, that could emerge in such physical systems.

Research Areas

Group News

  • March 01, 2018

    Engineering phonon transport in physical systems is a subject of interest in the study of materials, and plays a crucial role in controlling energy and heat transfer.

  • February 10, 2018

    The application of topology in optics has led to a new paradigm in developing photonic devices with robust properties against disorder.

  • January 10, 2018

    Recently, we theoretically showed how to realize two-component fractional quantum Hall phases in monolayer graphene by optically driving the system. A laser is tuned into resonance between two Landau levels, giving rise to an effective tunneling between these two synthetic layers.

  • November 22, 2017

    Topology plays a central role in the modern condensed matter, quantum information and high-energy physics. Certain Geometric manipulation of the manifold which supports a particular topological, known as the modular transformations, can be used as fault-tolerant logical operations in the context of both topological phases and topological quantum error correction codes. We realized that such transformations can be implemented in a single shot (i.e., with constant circuit depth), using local transversal SWAP operations between patches in a folded system with twist defects (wormholes in the synthetic dimension).

  • August 06, 2017

    A promising near-term application of a quantum computer consisting of O(100) qubits is quantum simulation of fermionic systems, which exceeds the computational power of the world’s largest classical supercomputer due to the exponential growth of the Hilbert-space size. The target systems range from large molecules in quantum chemistry such as fertilizer made with lower energy cost, to strongly correlated electronic materials such as the notoriously difficult high-Tc superconductors. This killer app happens to coincide with Feynman’s original vision of universal quantum simulator, which uses a quantum system to simulate another and hence “fight fire with fire”.