Nathaniel P. Stern Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Research Interests

Nathaniel Stern's research interests are focused on the fundamental quantum interactions of photons with atoms, nano-scale structures, and magnetic materials. Our research objective is to explore the novel optical and magnetic properties of nano-scale solid-state systems, focusing on the collective quantum interactions which emerge between photons and zero-dimensional electronic structures. Experimental approaches are drawn from a wide range of optical techniques, from time-resolved spectroscopy to ultra-low light detection at the single-photon level. Our work seeks to bring the methods of semiconductor physics, photonics, and atomic quantum optics to bear on new physical questions concerning how light and matter interact on the smallest scales, with potential impact throughout the disciplines of photonics, quantum information, magnetism, materials science, and nanoscience.

Selected Publications

E. J. Lenferink, G. Wei, N. P. Stern "Coherent optical non-reciporcity in axisymmetric resonators." Optics Express 22, 16099- 16111 (2014)

A. Goban, K. S. Choi1, D. J. Alton, D. Ding, C. Lacroûte, M. Pototschnig, T. Thiele, N. P. Stern, and H. J. Kimble, “Demonstration of a State-Insensitive, Compensated Nanofiber Trap,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 033603 (2012).

N. P. Stern, D. J. Alton, and H. J. Kimble, Simulations of atomic trajectories near a dielectric surface," New J. Phys. 13, 085004 (2011).

D. J. Alton, N. P. Stern, Takao Aoki, H. Lee, E. Ostby, K. J. Vahala, and H. J. Kimble, “Strong interactions of single atoms and photons near a dielectric boundary,” Nature Physics 7, 159 (2011).

N. P. Stern, D. W. Steuerman, S. Mack, A. C. Gossard, and D.D. Awschalom “Time-resolved dynamics of the spin Hall effect," Nature Physics 4, 843 (2008).

N. P. Stern, R. C. Myers, M. Poggio, A. C. Gossard, and D. D. Awschalom,Confinement engineering of s-d exchange interactions in GaMnAs quantum wells," Phys. Rev. B 75, 045329 (2007).

N. P. Stern, S. Ghosh, G. Xiang, M. Zhu, N. Samarth, and D. D. Awschalom,Current-Induced Polarization and the Spin Hall Effect at Room Temperature," Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 126603 (2006).

R. C. Myers, M. Poggio, N. P. Stern, A. C. Gossard, and D. D. Awschalom, “Antiferromagnetics – d exchange coupling in GaMnAs," Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 017204 (2005).