Dirk Bouwmeester

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Dirk Bouwmeester (2014)

Dirk "Dik" Bouwmeester (born November 15, 1967 ) is a Dutch experimental physicist who deals with quantum optics and quantum information theory. He is a professor at the University of Leiden and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).


Bouwmeester received his PhD from the University of Leiden in 1995.

As a post-doctoral student with Anton Zeilinger in Innsbruck (1997 to 1999) he was involved in the first experimental realization of quantum teleportation and also in the first realization of GHZ states with Zeilinger. From 1999 to 2001 he led a research group at the Center for Quantum Information Theory in Oxford, led by Artur Ekert , where he demonstrated experimentally optimal quantum cloning of photon states and stimulated emission of entangled photons. From 2001 he was at UCSB and from 2007 also part-time at the University of Leiden.

In collaboration with Roger Penrose in Oxford (with whom he also worked as a post-doctoral student), he developed ideas in 2003 to investigate the quantum mechanical properties of larger objects and demonstrated this in 2006 with light-frozen semiconductor nanostructures (deep-frozen micromechanical resonators). The long-term goal of the discussion with Penrose was to test his hypothesis that gravitation would disturb the superposition of quantum states via the space curvature it creates, even with small masses, which he and Bouwmeester proposed to investigate on a nano mirror. Bouwmeester discovered new forms of light in the form of knotted and chained rings, which he also shows that they are possible with plasma waves and gravitational waves, investigates artificial atoms in semiconductors and nanoclusters made of silver built into DNA with possible medical applications.

In 2014 he received the highest Dutch science award , the Spinoza Prize . He also received the Descartes Prize and a Marie Curie Excellence Grant from the EU with others .

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Individual evidence

  1. Dirk Bouwmeester, Jian-Wei Pan , Klaus Mattle, Manfred Eibl, Harald Weinfurter , Anton Zeilinger Experimental Quantum Teleportation , Nature, Volume 390, 1997, pp. 575-579, abstract
  2. Dirk Bouwmeester, Jian-Wei Pan, Matthew Daniell, Harald Weinfurter, Anton Zeilinger: Observation of three-photon Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger entanglement, Phys. Rev. Lett., Vol. 82, 1999, pp. 1345-1349, Arxiv
  3. Dustin Kleckner, Bouwmeester, Sub-kelvin optical cooling of a micromechanical resonator, Nature, Volume 444, 2006, pp. 75-78, abstract
  4. ^ University of Leiden 2011 on Penrose
  5. ^ W. Marshall, C. Simon, Penrose, Bouwmeester, Towards the quantum superposition of a tiny mirror, Phys. Rev. Lett., Vol. 91, 2003, pp. 130401-1, pdf
  6. Bouwmeester, William ™ Irvine, Linked and knotted beams of light, Nature Physics, Volume 4, 2008, pp. 716-720, abstract