Mikhail Lukin

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Mikhail Lukin
Born (1971-10-10) October 10, 1971 (age 47)
Moscow, Russian SFSR
Alma materMIPT
Texas A&M University
Scientific career
InstitutionsMax Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
Harvard University
ThesisQuantum Coherence and Interference in Optics and Laser Spectroscopy (1993)
Doctoral advisorMarlan Scully

Mikhail Lukin (Russian: Михаи́л Дми́триевич Луки́н), commonly known as Misha Lukin (born October 10, 1971) is a Russian theoretical and experimental physicist and a professor at Harvard University.[1] He is author and coauthor of many peer-reviewed papers with an h-index of 123.[2] He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2018.

Early life[edit]

Lukin was born in Moscow, Russia. He studied physics and mathematics at MIPT which he graduated in 1993. Following the graduation, he joined Texas A&M University where he wrote a research paper titled Quantum Coherence and Interference in Optics and Laser Spectroscopy which he used for his Ph.D. thesis. Between this and 1994 he was a visiting scientist to Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany. Later on he became a postdoc at Texas A&M University and then became a fellow, and later joint director, of the Institute for Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics a division of Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In 2001 he became an assistant professor at Harvard and three years later became its professor.[1]


In 2005 he proposed an idea to use quantum computing mail rather than Email which is already used by both Harvard and Boston Universities.[3] He and Vladan Vuletic[4] experimentally confirmed a new type of matter in which photonic molecules can be used to create a lightsaber-like technology.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Mikhail Lukin". April 3, 2009. Archived from the original on April 4, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "Mikhail D. Lukin". Google Scholar. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  3. ^ William J. Cromie (September 22, 2005). "Lukin illuminates quantum science". Harvard Gazette. Archived from the original on August 30, 2008. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  4. ^ "Scientists create never-before-seen form of matter". September 25, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  5. ^ Bryant Jordan (September 27, 2013). "Harvard and MIT Bind Photons Like Light Sabers". Defense.org. Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2014.

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