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Olivier Pfister

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Physics
Office location and address
305 JBL
382 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ph.D., 1993, Paris-North
AS-PHYS NSF-BSF: Squeezing the optical frequency comb: applications to quantum computing and quantum measurement
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
August 01, 2021 – July 31, 2024
AS-PHYS RAISE-EQuIP: Quantum mux/demux: the quantum optical frequency comb as a scalable quantum encoding resource
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
October 01, 2018 – September 30, 2022
AS-PHYS NSF-BSF: Squeezing the optical frequency comb: applications to quantum computing and quantum measurement
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
August 01, 2018 – July 31, 2022
RAISE-TAQS: Photon-Number-Resolving Integrated Avalanche Photodiodes for Scalable Quantum Computing-Pfister
Source: The University of Texas at Austin
September 15, 2018 – October 31, 2021
AS-PHYS The EIC on a Table Top - 21-C0468
Source: Jefferson Science Associates, LLC
February 18, 2021 – September 30, 2021
AS-PHYS The EIC on a Table Top - 21-D0552
Source: Jefferson Science Associates, LLC
February 18, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Quantum Interferometry with photon-subttracted twin beams
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
August 15, 2017 – July 31, 2021
AS-PHYS Quantum computing and quantum simulation in the optical frequency comb
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
August 01, 2015 – July 31, 2019
EN-EE Fundamental Studies of Single Photon Detection with Avalanche Photodiodes
Source: U.S. DOD - Army - Aro
September 01, 2016 – August 31, 2018
AS-PHYS GO! Program
Source: U.S. DOE - National Lab - Oak Ridge
December 01, 2014 – September 30, 2016
AS-PHYS Massively Scalable Quantum Entaglement and Quantum Processing in the Optical Frequency Comb
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
September 01, 2012 – August 31, 2016
AS-PHYS Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing with Continuous Variables
Source: U.S. DOD - Darpa
August 18, 2015 – August 17, 2016
ARRA Stimulus Funds - MRI-R2 Consortium
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
February 01, 2010 – September 30, 2013
AS-PHYS One-Way Quantum Computing in the Optical Frequency Comb
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
August 01, 2009 – July 31, 2013
PHYS 1010: The Physical Universe
Credits: 3
In this class you will get a chance to explore the scientific wonders of the universe. Topics vary each semester but generally include: motion, energy, waves, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, relativity, atomic structure, molecules, quantum physics, the nucleus, chemistry, meteorology, geophysics, the solar system, stars, and cosmology. PHYS 1010 requires limited math, but has wide applications like electronics, wifi, rockets, satellites, nuclear reactors, lasers, climate change, earthquakes, the tides, eclipses, plate tectonics, fossil fuels, telescopes, solar energy, and the origin of universe. PHYS 1010 is for non-science majors. Premedical and pre-dental students should take PHYS 2010, 2020.
PHYS 2010: Principles of Physics 1 for Pre-Health Students
Credits: 3
Physics 2010 and 2020 constitute a terminal course sequence covering the principles of mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, optics, atomic, solid state, nuclear, and particle physics. A working knowledge of arithmetic, elementary algebra, and trigonometry is essential. The PHYS 2010 - 2020 sequence does not normally serve as prerequisite for the courses numbered 3110 and above. PHYS 2010, 2020, in conjunction with the laboratories PHYS 2030, 2040, satisfy the physics requirement of medical and dental schools. PHYS 2010 is prerequisite for 2020. Three lecture hours.
PHYS 3650: Quantum Physics I
Credits: 3
Includes quantum phenomena and an introduction to wave mechanics; the hydrogen atom and atomic spectra. Prerequisite: MATH 3255 (preferred) or MATH 3250, PHYS 2620; corequisite: PHYS 3210 or instructor permission.
PHYS 3993: Independent Study
Credits: 3
Individual study of topics in physics not normally covered in formal classes. Study is carried out under the tutelage of a faculty member with whom the requirements are agreed upon prior to enrollment. (S-SS) Prerequisite: Instructor permission
PHYS 3995: Research
Credits: 3
A research project on a topic in physics carried out under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in a written report. May be taken more than once. (S-SS) Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
CS 4998: Distinguished BA Majors Research
Credits: 3
Required for Distinguished Majors completing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. An introduction to computer science research and the writing of a Distinguished Majors thesis. Prerequisites: CS 2150 or CS 2501 topic DSA2 with a grade of C- or higher, and BSCS major
PHYS 5310: Optics
Credits: 3
Includes reflection and refraction at interfaces, geometrical optics, interference phenomena, diffraction, Gaussian optics, and polarization. Prerequisite: PHYS 2320, 2415, 2610, or an equivalent college-level electromagnetism course; knowledge of vector calculus and previous exposure to Maxwell's equations.
PHYS 7995: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent research or practical training supervised by a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS 8880: Quantum Optics and Quantum Information
Credits: 3
Studies the quantum theory of light and other boson fields with a special emphasis on the nonclassical physics exemplified by squeezed and entangled quantum states. Applications to quantum communication, quantum computing, and ultraprecise measurements are discussed. Prerequisite: PHYS 7610 or instructor permission.
PHYS 8999: Master Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
PHYS 9998: Pre-Qual Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For students who have not passed the Qualifying exam for doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PHYS 9999: PhD Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.