Quantum Optics & Information Group


Quantum Simulators and Quantum Technologies: Classical computers require enormous computing power and memory to simulate even the most modest quantum systems. That makes it difficult to model, for example, why certain materials are insulators and others are conductors or even superconductors. R. Feynman had grasped this since the 1980s and suggested to use instead another more controllable and perhaps artificial quantum system as a “quantum computer” or specifically in this case a “quantum simulator”. Working examples of quantum simulator technologies today include extremely cold atoms trapped with lasers and magnetic fields and ions in electromagnetic traps. Photons and polaritons in light-matter systems have also recently emerged as a promising avenue and we are happy to be one of the leading groups in this area. With photons, exotic phenomena thought to exist only in strongly interacting electronic systems, such as Mott transitions, Fractional Hall effect, spin-charge separation, interacting relativistic theories and topological physics can be reproduced and understood in more detail. In addition to the “many-body stuff”, he is also interested in the “few body” quantum effects found in nano-structures and cold ions systems interfaced with light. These hybrid systems are extremely interesting for the study of quantum effects like quantum interference and entanglement and for their potential use in building quantum memories and quantum processors. My work is mainly theoretical but we keep close contact with various experimental groups.


1. Dimitris G. Angelakis, Marcelo F. Santos, Sougato Bose, “Photon blockade induced Mott transitions and XY spin models in coupled cavity arrays”, Phys. Rev. A (Rap. Com.) vol. 76, 031805 (2007)(arXiv:quant-ph/0606159).  450 citations Highlighted in the cover of New Scientist Jan. 2007

2. Jaeyoon Cho, Dimitris G. Angelakis, Sougato Bose, “Fractional Quantum Hall state in coupled cavities”. Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 246809 (2008) . 110 citations  also for Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology — December 22, 2008.

3.  D. G. Angelakis, E. Paspalakis and P.L. Knight, “Coherent phenomena in photonic crystals’.  Phys. Rev. A. 13, 801 (2001).   100 citations,

4.   Dimitris G. Angelakis, Alastair Kay, “Weaving light-matter qubits into a one way quantum computer”, New J. Phys. Vol. 10, 023012 (2008).    selected by Sciencewatch.com as one of the  top 20 papers with most citations  in the years 2008 and 2009 in the field of quantum computing.

5.  Changsuk Noh, Blas M. Rodríguez-Lara, Dimitris G. Angelakis “Quantum simulation of neutrino oscillations with trapped ions” New J. Phys 14 033028 (2012) , selected for New Journal of Physics Highlights 2012, 40 citations Highlighted at Phys,org

6.  D. G. Angelakis, M. Huo, E. Kyoseva, LC Kwek, “Luttinger liquid photons and spin-charge separation in hollow-core fibers’.  Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 153601 (2011).   40 citations,   Highlighted as an “Editors Suggestion”, as a  Viewpoint article in Physics  and also as Research Highlight in Nature:  Nature, 472, 262 (2011)

7. D. G. Angelakis, M. Huo, D. Chang, LC Kwek, V. Korepin “Mimicking interacting relativistic theories with light’.  Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 100502  (2013)

8. R. Keil, C. Noh, A. Rai, S. Stutzer, S. Nolte, D. G. Angelakis, A. Szameit “Experimental simulation of charge conservation violation and Majorana dynamics”, Optica 2,454 (2015)


Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece

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