Susanne Yelin

Research Interests

Quantum optics is my main research interest, that is, quantum coherence and interference effects in the interaction if light with atoms or solid state materials. Our recent investigation of information storage and transfer between light and matter (“light stopping”) leads to the present studies on implementing similar quantum and nonlinear techniques in gases and semiconductor nano-structures, such as quantum wells, quantum dots, and excitons. In related work, we study the effects of optically very dense media on a light field. We are interested in complex problems such as super- and subradiance using a novel formalism. We are also working on the theoretical part of a project creating a quantum cryptographical multi-user fiber setup, employing a novel time-frequency coding technique.



  • Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat.), Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Germany 1998
  • M.Sc. (Diplom), Physics, University of Stuttgart, Germany 1994


  • 2010-present: Senior Research Associate, Department of Physics, Harvard University
  • 2002-present: Professor, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut
  • 1999-2002: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • 1998-1999: Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT
  • 1994-1998: Research Assistant, Department of Physics, Texas A&M University


  • 2013 Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics
  • 2009 Visiting Professor, Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics, Munich, Germany
  • 2009-2011 Member, Editorial Board, Physical Review A
  • 2009 Program committee for Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics of the American Physics Society
  • 1999-2000 Feodor Lynen Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation
  • 1997-1998 Doctoral Fellowship from German Scholarship Foundation