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Dr Stewart Jenkins 

Research Fellow

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Dr Stewart Jenkins is Research Fellow within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.


Ph.D. in Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, (December 2006)

Previous Employment:

Postdoctoral Researcher at Università degli Studi dell’Insubria,
Como, Italy (December 2006 – September 2008)

Research Scientist II, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta,
Georgia, United States (October 2008 – December 2009)

Research Fellow, Mathematics, University of Southampon
(January 2010 – present)

Research interests

My research primarily focuses on the interactions between light and ensembles of electromagnetic emitters. These emitters could range from cold atomic gases, which exhibit quantum mechanical behaviour, to collections of structured circuit elements that are designed to interact with the light field in prescribed ways. When these circuit elements are super-conducting, they too may exhibit non-classical behaviours. These studies have applications to quantum optics, quantum information processing (e. g. the development of quantum memories and mechanisms to distribute entangled pairs of photons over great distances), to nonlinear optics and the development of photonic metamaterials.

Recent advances in nanofabrication technology have made it possible to construct materials whose features are much smaller than the wavelength of light with which they interact. These meta-materials may be composed of microscopic or nanoscopic circuit elements, known as meta-atoms, embedded in an otherwise transparent medium. As part of the Centre for Photonic Metamaterials, I study the collective interactions between meta-atoms that arise through repeated scatterings of photons within the material.

I also actively investigate quantum optical phenomena through light interactions with ensembles of cold atoms for use in quantum information processing.

Research project(s)

Mathematical Optical Physics

Ultracold Atoms, Quantum Optics and Quantum Technologies



Mathematical Modelling

Dr Stewart Jenkins
Building 54 Mathematical Sciences University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ
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