Joseph H. Eberly

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Joseph H. Eberly
Professor Joseph H. Eberly (1994)
Born 1935
Fields Theoretical quantum optics
Institutions University of Rochester
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University
Stanford University
Doctoral advisor E. T. Jaynes
Doctoral students
Other notable students Rainer Grobe
Kiegon Im
Bernhard Kneer
Peter Knight
Ana Maria Martins
Victor Kozlov
John Larkin
W. C. Liu
M. L. Pons
Anna Sanpera
Evgenii A. Shapiro
Alexander I. Artemyev
Known for

Joseph H. Eberly (born 1935) is the Andrew Carnegie Professor of Physics and Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester.


Eberly earned his bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University.


Professor Eberly's research interests focus on: cavity QED; quantum information and control of non-classical entanglement (including sudden death and sudden birth of entanglement); response of atoms to high-intensity optical pulses; coherent control theory of optical interactions, including soliton and adiabaton propagation.[1] In 1995, with funding from the National Science Foundation, he founded the Rochester Theory Center for Optical Science and Engineering (RTC). The Center, under Eberly's directorship, provides postdoctoral training in frontier areas of optical science and technology to selected young Ph.D. theorists from U.S. universities.[1]

Eberly says: "The transition zone between quantum mechanics and classical physics is, I would say, the most fascinating and the least understood frontier in physics. That area is so full of fascinating puzzles and this is such a nice way to explore one aspect of that frontier zone."

Eberly's early discovery of the full quantum revival in the Jaynes-Cummings model which is a kind of resurrection of the quantum system after a very long time as the physically measurable non-thermodynamical example of the quantum Poincaré recurrence theorem in the finite time limit has a striking consequences on the theory of the quantum consciousness in unitary universe and the theory of life self-creation and probability of alien life.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Eberly is recognized as an icon in the field of theoretical quantum optics, and has been the recipient of the Charles Hard Townes Award, the Smoluchowski Medal and the Senior Humboldt Award.[2] He was the president of the Optical Society of America in 2007.[3] For his outstanding contributions in the theory of electron localization in atoms and molecules he was awarded in 2010 the Frederic Ives Medal,[4] the highest award of the Optical Society of America. Unlike many other native US scientists he has strong and unique research ties to home country of Maria Sklodowska-Curie, Poland that started from sharing his office with Polish physicist Adam Kujawski in 60-ties, continued with longtime scientific collaboration with Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science, the Polish equivalent of the Nobel Prize winner in 2014 Iwo Bialynicki-Birula and culminated in becoming a Foreign Member of the Academy of Sciences of Poland.


Eberly has published more than 300 scientific journal articles and other scientific papers. He has co-written two textbooks and has contributed chapters to many more.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Faculty page at the University of Rochester.
  2. ^ Recipients of the Smoluchowski Medal.
  3. ^ Biography from the Optical Society of America.
  4. ^ Recipients of Frederic Ives Medal / Quinn Prize

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