Welcome to our Group's Website!
We are hosted at the Department of Physics of the University of Crete, situated very close to the historic city of Heraklion. Our research interests revolve around quantum science and quantum technology in a wide range of contexts, from atomic physics and quantum metrology to biophysics and quantum biology.
We unwaveringly believe in the long-term scientific promise of quantum biology, the new synthesis of quantum science with the phenomenological richness and complexity of biological systems.
In recent years we have pioneered one of the major driving forces of quantum biology, namely the study of the fundamental quantum dynamics of radical-ion-pair reactions, which are relevant to the avian magnetic compass and to spin transport in photosynthetic reaction centers.
We have recently ventured into quantum vision, a new promising synthesis of quantum optics with the physiology of human vision. In the near future we plan to further explore possible interfaces of quantum technology with neuroscience. At the same time we continue our research in atomic physics, in particular quantum metrology of atomic spin magnetometers and spin noise, a field which is stimulating both in its own right and as a source of ideas that cross-fertilize our quantum biology work.
Training at our Group
We place great importance on the solid training and scientific development of our group’s young researchers. Highly motivated students, who have the potential for creativity and independence and who aspire to a competitive career, whether in science or the private sector, at home or abroad, are always welcome to join our group and integrally participate in our research.
On the conceptual side members of our group get trained in quantum physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, quantum optics, classical and quantum information, spin dynamics, physical chemistry, biophysics and advanced numerical simulations. On the experimental side they learn to design, perform and analyze sophisticated experiments utilizing lasers, optics, electronics and data acquisition systems, vacuum technology and a wide array of biophysical techniques. We also emphasize training on technical presentation and science communication skills.
University of Crete Summer School on Quantum Tech!! Sep 12-16. Details at https://www.physics.uoc.gr/en/content/conferences
Warm congratulations to our group member Antonis Margaritakis, who was offered a PhD fellowship at the University of Southern California. We wish him all the best for his new academic endeavor!
We are delighed to organize, together with colleagues from the University of Waterloo, the first international workshop on Quantum Vision.