Hakan Tureci

I am an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering. I received my BS degree from Bilkent University, my Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University, did my postdoctoral work at Yale University and at ETH Zurich. In 2009, I was appointed SNF Professor for Mesoscopic Quantum Optics at ETH. I moved to Princeton in 2010. My current research interests are in quantum optics, photonics and lasers, in particular non-equilibrium quantum dynamics of coupled light-matter systems.

Current Members


Anja Metelmann

I am a postdoc and I am interested in the fundamental aspects and applications of superconducting circuits and mechanical systems in the quantum regime. My studies started out focusing on the interplay of mechanical motion with electronic degrees of freedom, and developed into the realm of optomechanics where I studied for example quantum limited amplifiers for implementation in an optomechanical or superconducting circuit architecture. My current research focuses on the theory of nonreciprocal photon propagation in open quantum systems via reservoir engineering. I received my PhD in Physics from the TU Berlin, Germany, where I worked under the supervision of Prof. Tobias Brandes. I had my first postdoctoral position in the group of Prof. Aashish Clerk at the Physics Department of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


Alexandru Petrescu

I am a postdoctoral researcher with interests in condensed matter theory and quantum optics. My projects focus on topics such as: quantum phase transitions, open quantum systems, topological phases, superconducting circuits, ultracold atoms. I received my PhD in 2015 from Yale and École Polytechnique (Université Paris-Saclay), under the supervision of Prof. Karyn Le Hur.


Omer Malik

I completed my undergraduate education in electrical engineering at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2011. At Princeton, I investigate non-linear and dynamical processes in complex lasers by developing theory and computational tools that can be used to efficiently study modern lasers (random lasers, VCSELs, QCLs/ICLs, etc.) under the framework of semiclassical laser physics. I am interested in the development of fast numerical techniques that make use of the underlying physical principles that govern the dynamics of complex systems. In my free time, I enjoy the writing and the outdoors.


Moein Malekakhlagh

I completed my B.Sc. in Physics and Electrical Engineering as a double major at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, 2012. Currently, I am a PhD student and interested in many aspects of Quantum Physics in general, however I am working on the theory of Quantum Optical phenomena in Circuit-QED architecture whose experiments are done in professor Houck’s Lab. To be more specific, I am working on complex multimode Jaynes-Cummings dynamics in Circuit-QED. Besides Physics, I have a strong passion for music and try to devote my free time to learn the Piano and Classical Harmony.


Saeed Khan

After completing my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), I joined the Mesoscopic Quantum Optics group here at Princeton as a graduate student. My interests are primarily in the physics of polaritonic systems, including Bose-Einstein condensation under incoherent pumping, and strong nonlinear interactions. The physics exhibited by these systems has some remarkable similarities with that of multimode lasers, which we have recently explored. Other quantum optical systems I study are circuit QED lattices and driven-dissipative quantum spin chains. The realizability of quantum optical models in diverse experimental setups makes our work highly relevant to current experimental investigations. Outside of Physics, I enjoy teaching and good food.


Gerasimos Angelatos

Hi, I’m Gerry, a PhD student interested in developing theoretical frameworks and computational approaches to help understand real quantum structures and propose systems which demonstrate novel physics or for applications in quantum information. My current research involves the use of stochastic methods to study large quantum optical systems and noise in excitable lasers. I completed my undergraduate and Master’s degree in engineering physics at Queen’s university in Canada, where I studied coupled quantum dot-nanowire photonic crystal systems for quantum information science applications. For non-research fun, I captain the Princeton club running team, read voraciously, and homebrew beer.

Past Members


Camille Aron

I am a postdoc interested in non-equilibrium phenomena in various setups from the dynamics of soft-matter systems described by classical stochastic processes, to therelaxation dynamics of quantum disordered systems, and to the non-linear transport properties in strongly correlated materials. Before joining the group in the fall of 2013, I was a postdoc at Rutgers in the group of Prof. Gabriel Kotliar where I focused on the steady-state properties of interacting electrons driven by strong electric fields. Previously, I completed my doctoral studies in Paris under the supervision of Profs. Leticia Cugliandolo and Marco Picco where I worked on the interplay between disorder and non-equilibrium dynamics as well as on formal aspects of the fluctuation theorems.


Manas Kulkarni

I am a postdoc interested in topics involving an interplay between Condensed Matter Physics, Cold Atoms and Quantum Optics. In particular, I am currently studying optically driven quantum gases coupled to cavity and I am also working on understanding electronic and photonic aspects of mesoscopic systems (quantum dots) coupled to cavity. My broad interests and publications also include nonlinear hydrodynamics, integrable models, field theory and mathematical physics. Before moving to Princeton, I was a postdoc at University of Toronto (Canada). I did my PhD under the joint supervision of Prof. Alexander Abanov (Stony Brook University, USA) and Prof. Robert Konik (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA). I did my Bachelors Honors in Physics at St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi (India).


Konstantinos Makris

I am a Marie-Curie postdoctoral researcher with research interests lying in the general area of Nonlinear Optics and Lasing in complex media. In particular, my current research is related to semiclassical laser physics, random lasers, nonlinear optics, non-hermitian physics, sub-wavelength optics and soliton theory. During 2011-2012, I was adjunct Professor at University of Crete and Lecturer at Vienna University of Technology. Before that I was a postdoc at the group of Prof. D. Psaltis at EPFL, Switzerland (2008-2010) working on near field optics and superoscillations. I did my Ph.D. in Optics under the supervision of Prof. D. Christodoulides at CREOL-University of Central Florida. I received my BS degree from National Technical University of Athens, Greece.


Mykola Bordyuh

I grew up in Ukraine and attended the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Stevens Institute of Technology to specialize in Applied Physics and Mathematics. At Princeton, my main research interests are non-equilibrium quantum many-body phenomena in coupled cavity arrays. I believe it is of great importance to understand the physics behind it from a theoretical and applied point of view. In my free time I practice judo and wrestling.