The Institute of Optics


Nick Vamivakas

Assistant Professor of Quantum Optics & Quantum Physics
PhD, Boston University, 2007

214 Wilmot Building
(585) 275-2089


Short Biography

Nick Vamivakas studied electrical engineering at Boston University and received his PhD degree in 2007. During this time he developed high resolution microscopy and spectroscopy techniques to study the electro-optic properties of individual nanostructures. Following his PhD, he was a post-doc from 2007-2011 in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Nick joined the Institute of Optics in 2011 and currently is an assistant professor.

Research Interests

Quantum Optics; Quantum Physics

Research Overview

Professor Vamivakas’ research efforts center on light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. He is particularly interested in using optics to interrogate and control both artificial and naturally occurring solid-state quantum emitters. Potential applications range from optical metrology to quantum information science.