Professor Axel Kuhn

Reader, Fellow and Tutor in Physics


Dipl. Phys. (Kaiserslautern); Dr. rer. nat. (Kaiserslautern); Habilitation (TU München)

Academic Background

A. Kuhn graduated in physics at the University of Kaiserslautern in 1990, and finished his doctoral studies in 1995. With a Feodor-Lynen fellowship of the Alexander-von-Humboldt foundation, he concentrated on lasercooling as a post-doctoral research assistant with  Prof. Dr. C. Cohen-Tannoudji at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. In 1998, he joined Prof. G. Rempe's team  at the University of Konstanz, and one year later, he moved with this team to the Max-Planck- Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching. During this time, A. Kuhn focused on quantum information processing with single atoms and photons. In 2005, he qualified as a university professor at the TU München, and he joined the University of Oxford as a lecturer in experimental physics one year later.  His new research team at the Clarendon laboratory is now investigating atom-photon connections.

Undergraduate Teaching

Atom and Laser Physics; Optics; Quantum Optics; Quantum Mechanics; Quantum Information Technology

Research Interests

The activities of A. Kuhn are focussing on the ultimate control of atom-photon interactions at the single-atom and single-photon level. To this purpose, his team brings quantum mechanics to work, i.e. they exploit, develop and implement new physical methods that are based on the principles of quantum mechanics. This does encompass the optical trapping and manipulation of single atoms, the interfacing of atoms and photons in microcavities and single-photon quantum memories. The anticipated coupling and coherent control of single photons and atoms are the key to quantum information physics, with atoms and photons acting as information carriers in scalable quantum networks.

Publications include:

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I love to be with our four children, which are often more challenging than the management of a small research team. There's only a  little time left, which I use for cycling, biking, skiing and photographing.