Darrick Chang

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

– Mirhosseini M, Kim E, Zhang X, Sipahigil A, Dieterle PB, Keller AJ, Asenjo-Garcia A, Chang DE & Painter O 2019, ‘Cavity quantum electrodynamics with atom-like mirrors’, Nature, 569, 7758, 692 – +.

– Asenjo Garcia A, Kimble HJ & Chang E 019, ‘Optical waveguiding by atomic entanglement in multilevel atom arrays,’ Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 116, 25503.

– Albrecht A, Henriet L, Asenjo-Garcia A, Dieterle PB, Painter O & Chang DE 2019, ‘Subradiant states of quantum bits coupled to a one-dimensional waveguide’, New Journal Of Physics, 21, 025003.

– Henriet L, Douglas JS, Chang DE & Albrecht A 2019, ‘Critical open-system dynamics in a one-dimensional optical-lattice clock’, Physical Review A, 99, 2, 023802.

– Tollerton CJ, Bohn J, Constant TJ, Horsley SAR, Chang DE, Hendry E & Li DZ 2019, ‘Origins of All-Optical Generation of Plasmons in Graphene’, Scientific Reports, 9, 3267.

– Moreno-Cardoner M, Plankensteiner D, Ostermann L, Chang DE & Ritsch H 2019, ‘Subradiance-enhanced excitation transfer between dipole-coupled nanorings of quantum emitters’, Physical Review A, 100, 2, 023806.