Darrick Chang

Institut de Ciències Fotòniques

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Darrick Chang is an ICREA Research Professor at The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). He obtained his bachelor's degree in physics from Stanford University in 2001, and his PhD in physics from Harvard University in 2008. Subsequently, he held a prize postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology. In 2011, Darrick joined ICFO as the leader of the Theoretical Quantum Nanophotonics group. He was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2015. He has participated in or currently participates in several international projects, including serving as a PI and scientific coordinator of European FET-Open project GRASP, as a PI in the Quantum Flagship project QIA, and as a foreign collaborator in US MURI projects QOMAND and Photonic Quantum Matter.

Research interests

The research of Prof. Chang and his Theoretical Quantum Nanophotonics group at ICFO is based upon a vision that quantum effects are at the forefront of future technologies and discoveries, and that nanophotonic systems will be a prominent platform for this frontier. Specifically, they aim to harness the unique configurability, large optical forces, and strong light-matter interaction strengths achievable in nanophotonic systems to produce new applications and phenomena involving matter and light, which have no analogue in macroscopic setups. The group also develops theoretical techniques that enable a better understanding of the complex phenomena at play. The work is highly inter-disciplinary, and the group explores the potential impact across atomic physics, quantum optics, nonlinear optics, nano-mechanics, low-dimensional materials, and quantum information science. They also collaborate with leading experimental groups to bring their theoretical ideas toward reality.

Selected publications

- Chang DE, Douglas JS, Gonzalez-Tudela A, Hung C-L & Kimble HJ 2018, 'Colloquium: Quantum matter built from nanoscopic lattices of atoms and photons', Reviews Of Modern Physics, 90, 3, 031002.

- Neumeier L & Chang DE 2018, 'Exploring unresolved sideband, optomechanical strong coupling using a single atom coupled to a cavity', New Journal Of Physics, 20, 083004.

- Munro E, Asenjo-Garcia A, Lin Y, Kwek LC, Regal CA & Chang DE 2018, 'Population mixing due to dipole-dipole interactions in a one-dimensional array of multilevel atoms', Physical Review A, 98, 3, 033815.

- Manzoni MT, Moreno-Cardoner M, Asenjo-Garcia A, Porto JV, Gorshkov AV & Chang DE 2018, 'Optimization of photon storage fidelity in ordered atomic arrays', New J. Phys. 20, 083048.

- Neumeier L, Northup TE & Chang DE 2018, 'Reaching the optomechanical strong-coupling regime with a single atom in a cavity', Physical Review A, 97, 6, 063857.