Faculty

Hannes Bernien

  • Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering
  • Research and Scholarly Interests: Quantum Information, Quantum Many-Body Physics, Quantum Optics
  • Websites: Bernien Lab
  • Contact: bernien@uchicago.edu
    773.834.6098
  • Assistant: Misha Maxey
  • Office Location:
    Eckhardt Research Center
    Room 293
    5640 South Ellis Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60637

Hannes Bernien is an assistant professor at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME). He studies quantum many-body physics and quantum information processing, and seeks to develop new ways of engineering large, complex quantum systems. Prof. Bernien has had research published in numerous journals, including Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Prior to joining PME, Bernien was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Quantum Optics Center. Bernien received his master’s in physics from the University of Hanover, Germany. He earned his doctorate from Technical University Delft, the Netherlands, where he graduated cum laude. His awards include the Kavli PhD Thesis Prize, the Elsevier Diamond and Carbon Materials Young Scholar Prize and the Paul Ehrenfest Award.

Bernien Lab focuses on finding answers to the questions: How can we scale fully controlled quantum systems from the current few-particle level to many particles? How can we study the fascinating effects that arise from the increased complexity in these systems? How can these phenomena be utilized for quantum technology? The lab combines techniques from quantum control and quantum optics with ultracold atoms and nanotechnology in order to develop new ways of engineering large, fully controlled quantum systems and studying the phenomena that arise in such systems.