Using Astronomy to Improve Tests of Quantum Mechanics

We will build and optimize a portable source of quantum mechanically entangled photons. We will measure their polarization with a polarizer whose angle is set by incoming star light. We also need to build the device that takes the star light and turns it into an electronic signal and the device that turns that electronic signal into a polarizer rotation. We will build interferometers and something called a quantum eraser.

This research can only take place on campus, so if there is no on-campus research this summer, I won't be able to support you.

Name of research group, project, or lab
Quantum Quasars Lab
Why join this research group or lab?

As far as I know, there are only two projects that do things with both entangled photons and astronomy. This is one. Join if you are interested in applying your knowledge of optics and electronics to either quantum entanglement or astronomy.

Representative publication
Logistics Information:
Project categories
Circuit Design
Student ranks applicable
Student qualifications

You need to have taken optics and electronics in some form. After the design phase, you will be in a mostly dark lab turning knobs and taking data. This research can only take place on campus.

Time commitment
Summer - Full Time
Paid Research
Number of openings
Techniques learned

Optics and electronics design.

Contact Information:
Mentor name
Jason Gallicchio
Mentor email
Mentor position
Physics Professor
Name of project director or principal investigator
Jason Gallicchio
Email address of project director or principal investigator
4 sp. | 5 appl.
Hours per week
Summer - Full Time
Project categories
Physics (+3)
PhysicsAstronomyCircuit DesignOptics