Dirk Bouwmeester

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Dirk (Dik) Bouwmeester (born 1967) is a Dutch experimental physicist specializing in quantum optics and quantum information. He currently holds faculty positions at the University of California at Santa Barbara and at Leiden University in the Netherlands. While he was a post-doctoral researcher in the group of Anton Zeilinger, he performed one of the first demonstrations of Quantum teleportation using photons.[1] His current areas of research include solid-state cavity quantum electrodynamics, knotted states of light,[2] micro-optomechanical systems,[3] and DNA-templated optical emitters.

He was awarded the 2014 Spinoza prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands.


  1. ^ Dirk Bouwmeester et al. (1997). "Experimental quantum teleportation". Nature. pp. 575–579. 
  2. ^ William T. M. Irvine and Dirk Bouwmeester (2008). "Linked and knotted beams of light". Nature Physics. p. 716. 
  3. ^ Dustin Kleckner and Dirk Bouwmeester (2006). "Sub-kelvin optical cooling of a micromechanical resonator". Nature. p. 75.