John C. Howell

Professor of Physics and Optics
PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2000

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(585) 275-0538
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Short Biography

Prof. Howell received his B.S. in Physics (1995) with a minor in Mathematics from Utah State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics (2000) from Pennsylvania State University. He then took a postdoctoral research position at the Centre for Quantum Computation at the University of Oxford. Prof. Howell joined the University of Rochester in 2002, as Assistant Professor of Physics. Howell received a Research Innovation Award from the Research Corporation in 2004, a Presidential PECASE Award in 2005, and the Adolph Lomb Medal from the Optical Society of America in 2006 "For innovative contributions in quantum optics, particularly aspects of quantum cloning, violations of Bell's inequalities and maximal photonic entanglement." He was made Professor of Physics in 2011. He is an OSA Fellow and the Vice President for Optical Society to the International Commission for Optics.

Research Overview

Prof. Howell's research interests are in the areas of Quantum Optics and Quantum Physics. His recent work includes both theoretical and experimental investigations of the foundations of quantum mechanics, entanglement measures, continuous variable entanglement, discrete entanglement, quantum communication/information and weak field detection in coherent atomic media.