Professor Stefan Kuhr

Head Of Department



Personal statement

Stefan Kuhr is Head of the Optics Division and the Experimental Quantum Optics and Photonics Group. His current research work focuses on single-atom resolved manipulation and detection of ultracold atoms in optical lattices (details). Stefan joined the Physics Department of the University of Strathclyde in 2011 and holds the SUPA Chair of Quantum Information. From 2007 - 2011 he has been working as a senior scientist at the University of Mainz and the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching. Stefan received his PhD in 2003 in Bonn and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris from 2003 - 2006. | Researcher-ID F-7296-2011; Google Scholar Profile. |

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Prof. Stefan Kuhr
University of Strathlcyde
Department of Physics
John Anderson Building, Room 819
Glasgow G4 0NG
United Kindgom

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Research Interests

Stefan Kuhr’s research activities are focussed on optical lattices with single-atom detection capabilities (link to EQOP home page). His team at the University of Strathclyde was amongst the first to realize a fermionic quantum-gas microscope [Nature Physics 11, 738 (2015)]. As a senior scientist at the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (2009-2011) and in Mainz (2007-2009), he pioneered single-atom-resolved detection and manipulation of strongly correlated ultracold atoms in optical lattices [Nature 467, 68 (2010)]. He demonstrated addressing of individual atoms with sub-diffraction-limited resolution [Nature 471, 319 (2011)], the measurements of quantum fluctuations across the superfluid-to-Mott-Insulator transition [Science 334, 200 (2011)], direct measurement of correlation spreading [Nature 481, 484 (2012)], the observation of the ‘Higgs’ amplitude mode [Nature 487, 454, (2012)] and Rydberg blockade [Nature 491, 87 (2012)], and time-dynamics of spin-impurities [Nature Physics 9, 235 (2013)]. Kuhr’s other key contributions to quantum optics were quantum non-demolition detection of single photons [Nature 446, 297 (2007), Nature 448, 889 (2007)] (postdoc with 2012 Physics Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris) and a “single-atom conveyor-belt” [Science 293, 278 (2001)] (PhD work in Bonn).

Professional Activities

Scottish Centre for Innovation in quantum computing and simulation (External organisation)

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STFC Strathclyde Physics 2023 DTP
Kuhr, Stefan (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2028
Studentship from EPSRC Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Computing and Simulation (Oxford) (Paul Catterson)
Kuhr, Stefan (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2027
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Carfora, Lorenzo
Kuhr, Stefan (Principal Investigator) Daley, Andrew (Co-investigator) Carfora, Lorenzo (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2027
RAL Studentship at Strathclyde 2022
Kuhr, Stefan (Principal Investigator) Cross, Adrian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2027
Training Grant, Quota Studentships (STFC Strathclyde 2022 DTP)
Kuhr, Stefan (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2026
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Cruickshank, Robbie
Haller, Elmar (Principal Investigator) Kuhr, Stefan (Co-investigator) Cruickshank, Robbie (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2026

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Professor Stefan Kuhr
Head Of Department

Tel: 548 3364