Andrew Carnegie Professor of Physics
Professor of Optics
Ph.D in Physics, Stanford University, 1962
Joseph H. Eberly earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford University in 1962, and in 1979 joined The Institute of Optics faculty. A member of the UR physics faculty since 1967, he is the Andrew Carnegie Professor of Physics and Professor of Optics. A Fellow of OSA and APS, Professor Eberly is the recipient of the Townes Award and the Smoluchowski Medal, has been selected for a Senior Humboldt Award and elected a Foreign Member of the Academy of Sciences of Poland. In 1995, with funding from the National Science Foundation, he founded the Rochester Theory Center (RTC), a research group focused on optical and quantum optical science with faculty from several UR departments.
Professor Eberly's research interests focus on: cavity QED; quantum information and control of non-classical entanglement; response of atoms to high-intensity optical pulses; coherent control theory of optical interactions, including soliton and adiabaton propagation.
Professor Eberly and his research group predicted spontaneous revival effects in the wave function of a single atom in a cavity, and first identified the efficient counter-intuitive excitation method. These and related quantum phenomena are the subjects of theoretical and experimental study in Rochester and elsewhere.