ALEXIA AUFFÈVES is senior scientist at CNRS, Grenoble. After a bachelor degree in philosophy and a master in theoretical physics, Dr. Auffèves did an experimental PhD at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel under the supervision of Pr. S. Haroche where she synthetized Schrödinger cat states of light. She then went for a technological post-doc at Institute of Nanotechnologies of Lyon where she learned how to fabricate semi-conducting photonic crystals. She was hired by CNRS in 2005 to conduct quantum optics experiments with semi-conductors. She finally switched to theory in 2009. Dr. Auffèves is expert in theoretical quantum optics, quantum thermodynamics and quantum foundations, with strong connections to a wide range of experimental and theoretical groups in QD-CQED, circuit QED, quantum thermodynamics and quantum information.
BLOCH is scientific director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in
Garching and holds a chair for experimental physics at the Ludwig Maximilians
University of Munich. His scientific work is among the most frequently cited in
the field of quantum physics and has helped to open a new interdisciplinary
research field at the interface of atomic physics, quantum optics, quantum
information science and solid state physics. For his research, he has received
numerous international awards, including the Körber European Science Prize and
the Harvey Prize.
JENNIFER DIONNE is an associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford, and an affiliate faculty of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection, and Bio-X. She serves as director of the Department of Energy funded Photonics at Thermodynamic Limits Energy Frontier Research Center and faculty co-director of Stanford’s Photonics Research Center. Jen received her B.S. degrees in Physics and Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003 and her Ph. D. in Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology in 2009, advised by Harry Atwater. Prior to joining Stanford, she served as a postdoctoral researcher in Chemistry at Berkeley, advised by Paul Alivisatos. Jen’s research develops new materials and microscopies to observe chemical and biological processes as they unfold with nanometer scale resolution. She then uses these observations to help improve energy-relevant processes (such as photocatalysis and energy storage) and medical diagnostics. Her work has been recognized with the Alan T. Waterman Award, a Moore Inventor Fellowship, the Materials Research Society Young Investigator Award, Adolph Lomb Medal, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and was featured on Oprah’s list of “50 Things that will make you say ‘Wow’!”. When not in the lab, Jen enjoys teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes (including “Waves and Diffraction,” “Materials Chemistry”, “Optoelectronics”, and “Science of the Impossible”), exploring the intersection of art and science, cycling the latest century, and reliving her childhood with her two young sons.
Thomas W. Ebbesen
THOMAS W. EBBESEN is a physical chemist born in Oslo, Norway, in 1954. He was educated in the United States and France, receiving his bachelor degree from Oberlin College (USA) and his PhD from the Curie University in Paris. He then did research in both the US and Japan, most notably at NEC, before returning to France in 1999 to help build a new institute (ISIS) at the University of Strasbourg. He is currently the head of the Center for Frontier Research in Chemistry and the Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Studies (www.usias.fr). He holds the chair of physical chemistry of light-matter interactions. The author of many papers and patents, Ebbesen has received numerous awards for his pioneering research on nanostructured materials including the 2014 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience for his transformative contributions to nano-optics. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and foreign member of the French Academy of Science.
Naomi J. Halas
NAOMI J. HALAS is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, where she also holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials Science and Nanoengineering, and Bioengineering. She is best known as the first person to demonstrate that controlling the geometry of metallic nanoparticles determines their color. She pursues studies of plasmonic and nanophotonic systems and their applications across a range of fields. She is author of more than 300 refereed publications, has more than 20 issued patents, and has presented more than 500 invited talks. She has been awarded the Frank Isakson Prize and Julius Lilienfeld Prize of the APS, the Willis E. Lamb Award, the R. W. Wood Prize of the OSA, the ACS Award in Colloid Chemistry, and the Spiers Memorial Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Halas has been elected to the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering (USA), the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is an Associate Editor of Nano Letters and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Nano.
STEFAN HELL is a director at both the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany.
Hell is credited with having conceived, validated and applied the first viable concept for overcoming Abbe’s diffraction-limited resolution barrier in a light-focusing fluorescence microscope. For this accomplishment he has received numerous awards, including the 2014 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Stefan Hell received his doctorate (1990) in physics from the University of Heidelberg. From 1991 to 1993 he worked at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, followed by stays as a senior researcher at the University of Turku, Finland, between 1993 and 1996, and as a visiting scientist at the University of Oxford, England, in 1994. In 1997 he was appointed to the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen as a group leader, and was promoted to director in 2002. From 2003 to 2017 he also led a research group at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). Hell holds honorary professorships in physics at the Universities of Heidelberg and Göttingen.
Image credits: Stefan Hell photo © Peter Badge/Typos1 in cop. with Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings - all rights reserved 2017.
HALINA RUBINSZTEIN-DUNBLOP is a Director of the Translational Research Laboratory at the ARC CoE for Engineered Quantum Systems, School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland. She obtained her PhD degree at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Halina’s research interests are in quantum atom optics, laser micromanipulation, laser physics, linear and nonlinear high resolution spectroscopy, and nano-optics. She has over 270 publications in international peer refereed journals, thirteen book chapters and a large number of international conference contributions and several invited, keynote and plenary talks. Halina’s group in laser micromanipulation/optical tweezers was the first to demonstrate the transfer of angular momentum of light to microscopic particles. The work has led to a number of interesting and innovative applications in the area of optically driven microsystems with further application into biological and biomedical systems. Halina also leads a program in quantum atom optics that is conducting studies on quantum thermodynamics and is aimed at developing quantum sensors and devices for use in inertial and magnetic systems and more broadly, probing and understanding quantum systems. Rubinsztein-Dunlop has attracted considerable external competitive funding for her research from national and international funding agencies.
Halina is heavily involved in promotion and popularisation of science. She has been a member of program committees of a large number of international conferences. She was a Program and a Co-Chair of major international conferences. She also spends a lot of time promoting science to the wider community.
PÄIVI TÖRMÄ has been a professor in the Department of Applied Physics in the School of Science of Aalto University since 2008. Her research interests range from theoretical quantum many-body physics to experiments in nanophotonics. She has long-term interest in exotic superconductivity and superfluidity, in particular theory of superfluidity of fermionic ultracold gases. In recent years, her work has revealed a new connection between quantum geometry and superconductivity that explains why flat bands can carry supercurrent. This may turn out to be essential in explaining, for instance, superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene structures, and in the search for superconductors that work at high temperatures – even at room temperature. In her experiments, Päivi has worked on strong coupling of surface plasmon polariton modes and molecules. She has shown that arrays of metallic nanoparticles, so-called plasmonic lattices, are an extremely versatile system for studies of fundamental light-matter interactions and for developing new nanoscale, ultrafast lasers and other light sources. Her group recently succeeded in realizing the first plasmonic Bose-Einstein condensate. In this new condensate, thermalization and condensation dynamics occur in sub-picosecond timescales.
äivi has an MSc degree from the University of Oulu, Finland, and a Master of Advanced Study degree (Part III Tripos in Math) from the University of Cambridge, U.K. She completed a PhD in theoretical physics in 1996 at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and spent time as a postdoctoral researcher and Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the Universities of Ulm (Germany) and Innsbruck (Austria). During 2002-2007, Päivi was a professor at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, where she started her experimental research. In 2015, she was a guest professor at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. She obtained the EURYI award in 2005, the ERC Advanced Grant in 2013, and the Academy Professorship of the Academy of Finland in 2017. She led the Nanoscience Centre of University of Jyväskylä 2002-2005 and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Computational Nanoscience at Aalto University 2014-2017, and she was the vice chair of the board of the Academy of Finland.
ANDERAS WALLRAFF is a Full Professor for Solid State Physics in the Department of Physics at ETH Zurich since January 2012 . He joined the department in January 2006 as a Tenure Track Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in January 2010. Previously, he has obtained degrees in physics from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, U.K., Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, Germany and did research towards his Masters degree at the Research Center Jülich, Germany. During his doctoral research he investigated the quantum dynamics of vortices in superconductors and observed for the first time the tunneling and energy level quantization of an individual vortex for which he obtained a PhD degree in physics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. During the four years he spent as a research scientist at Yale University in New Haven, CT, USA he performed experiments in which the coherent interaction of a single photon with a single quantum electronic circuit was observed for the first time. His research is focused on the experimental investigation of quantum effects in superconducting electronic circuits for performing fundamental quantum optics experiments and for applications in quantum information processing. His group at ETH Zurich engages in research on micro and nano-electronics, with a particular focus on hybrid quantum systems combining superconducting electronic circuits with semiconductor quantum dots and individual Rydberg atoms, making use of fast and sensitive microwave techniques at ultra-low temperatures.
Andreas Wallraff received the Nicholas Kurti European Science Prize in March 2006 in recognition of a record of sustained achievement working at the forefront of quantum device research employing experimental low-temperature techniques. In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Independent Research Grant to work on hybrid cavity quantum electrodynamics with atoms and circuits. In 2011 Andreas Wallraff was awarded the ETH Zurich Max Roessler Prize. In 2013 Andreas Wallraff received an ERC Advanced Grant to perform research on quantum communication in the microwave domain.