Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Hakan Türeci

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Room: B312 Engineering Quadrangle
Phone: 609-258-1993
Webpage: Tureci Group: Mesoscopic Quantum Optics


  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2003
  • M.S., Physics, Bilkent University, Turkey, 1996
  • B.S., Physics, Bilkent University, Turkey, 1994

Research in my group focuses on quantum optical phenomena in complex media. Traditionally, quantum optics studies the interactions between emitters and electromagnetic fields. Early work in this field focused on simple and generic emitters, such as two or few-level systems, embedded in simple photonic media, such as translationally invariant systems or Fabry-Perot like cavities. With the recent progress in micro and nano-fabrication capabilities however, the field saw the introduction of increasingly more complex quantum emitters as well as photonic components. While this provided an unprecedented degree of control over the precise way matter degrees of freedom interact with the omnipresent electromagnetic degrees of freedom, it also lead to formidable theoretical challenges in the description of the systems at hand. Our research aims at a realistic description of the physics of state-of-the art photonic media as well as novel emitter systems. Research projects in my group have a well-balanced applied and fundamental physics component. On the one hand, our research contributes directly to the development of more efficient opto-electronic devices such as power-efficient, highly functional lasers in micro- and nano-scale, single-photon emitters and, in the long run, quantum simulators. On the other hand, we address fundamental theoretical issues involved in developing the necessary numerical and analytical tools in the realistic description of these systems which are situated at the interface of quantum optics, non-linear optics and condensed matter physics.

Honors and Awards

  • Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund (2012)
  • NSF Early Career Award (2012)
  • Swiss National Science Foundation Career Award (2009)
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award (2010)

Selected Publications

  1. Non-equilibrium dynamics of coupled qubit-cavity arrays Felix Nissen, Sebastian Schmidt, Matteo Biondi, Gianni Blatter, Hakan E. Tureci, Jonathan Keeling Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 233603 (2012).

  2. On-chip quantum simulation with superconducting circuits Andrew A. Houck, Hakan E. Tureci, Jens Koch Nature Phys. 8, 292 (2012).

  3. Pump-induced exceptional points in lasers above threshold M. Liertzer, L. Ge, H. E. Tureci, S. Rotter Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 173901 (2012).

  4. Quantum quench of Kondo correlations in optical absorption, C. Latta, F. Haupt, M. Hanl, A. Weichselbaum, M. Claassen, W. Wuester, P. Fallahi, S. Faelt, L. Glazman, J. von Delft, H. E. Tureci, A. Imamoglu, Nature 474, 627 (2011).

  5. Many-body dynamics of exciton creation in a quantum dot by optical absorption: a quantum quench towards Kondo correlations, H. E. Tureci, M. Hanl, M. Claassen, A. Weichselbaum, T. Hecht, B. Braunecker, A. Govorov, L. Glazman, A. Imamoglu, J. von Delft, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 107402 (2011).

  6. Dispersive Photon Blockade in a Superconducting Circuit, A.J. Hoffman, S.J. Srinivasan, S. Schmidt, L. Spietz, J. Aumentado, H. E. Tureci, A.A. Houck, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 053602 (2011).

  7. Non-equilibrium delocalization-localization transition of photons in circuit QED, S. Schmidt, D. Gerace, A. A. Houck, G. Blatter, H. E. Tureci, Phys. Rev. B 82, 100507(R) (2010).

  8. Signatures of the superfluid-insulator phase transition in laser-driven dissipative nonlinear cavity arrays, A. Tomadin, V. Giovannetti, R. Fazio, D. Gerace, I. Carusotto, Hakan E. Tureci, A. Imamoglu, Phys. Rev. A 81, 061801(R) (2010).

  9. Solid-State Spin-Photon Quantum Interface without Spin-Orbit Coupling, Martin Claassen, Hakan E. Tureci, Atac Imamoglu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 177403 (2010).

  10. Ab initio self-consistent laser theory and random lasers, Hakan E. Tureci, A. Douglas Stone, L. Ge, S. Rotter, R. J. Tandy, Nonlinearity 22, C1-C18 (2009).

  11. The quantum optical Josephson interferometer, D. Gerace, Hakan E. Tureci, A. Imamoglu, V. Giovannetti, R. Fazio, Nature Phys. 5, 281 (2009).

  12. Quantitative verification of ab initio self-consistent laser theory, Li Ge, R. J. Tandy, A. Douglas Stone, Hakan E. Tureci, Opt. Exp. 16, 16895 (2008).

  13. Strong interactions in multi-mode random lasers, Hakan E. Tureci, L. Ge, S. Rotter, A. Douglas Stone, Science 320, 643 (2008).

  14. Non-Markovian decoherence of localized nanotube excitons by acoustic phonons, C. Galland, A. Hogele, Hakan E. Tureci, A. Imamoglu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 067402 (2008).

  15. The Kondo effect in a mesoscopic interacting electron system, S. Rotter, Hakan E. Tureci, Y. Alhassid, A. Douglas Stone, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 166601 (2008).