Spotlight on new faculty: Elizabeth Goldschmidt, AMO/Quantum Physics

Jessica Raley for Illinois Physics
11/8/2019

The Physics Department at Illinois welcomes an extraordinary set of ten new faculty members this year. Eight of them have arrived on campus and have begun setting up their labs and settling into life in Champaign-Urbana. Two more faculty are set to arrive in January. We will feature each of them here over the next couple of weeks. Check back regularly to learn more about the exciting work these new faculty members are doing.

Professor Elizabeth Goldschmidt (left) works with graduate student Danielle Woods.
Professor Elizabeth Goldschmidt (left) works with graduate student Danielle Woods.

 

Professor Elizabeth Goldschmidt

Elizabeth Goldschmidt specializes in Experimental Quantum Optics and Quantum Information; her research interests primarily focus on the interface between matter and light. In the race to develop quantum technologies, one of the problems that needs to be solved is how to get light in and out of an atomic system. Of her current research goals, Elizabeth says, “My focus is on atoms in solid-state materials because atoms make great qubits (the fundamental unit of quantum information) and solid-state materials can be fabricated into devices that enhance the interaction with light.” Throughout her career, Elizabeth has worked across many different communities within physics to characterize sources of single and entangled photons in many different regimes. She says, “I have tried to contribute to the bigger picture of understanding how to think about the strengths and weaknesses of widely disparate sources of quantum light, particularly when it comes to quantum information applications.” 

For more information about Elizabeth's work, or to inquire about joining her group, please visit her website.

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