Igor Aharonovich

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Igor Aharonovich
Born1982 (age 36–37)
ResidenceSydney, Australia
NationalityAustralian, Israeli
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics, nanotechnology, nanophotonics quantum information
InstitutionsUniversity of Technology Sydney

Igor Aharonovich (born 1982) is an Australian physicist and materials engineer. He is a professor at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).[1][2] Igor researchers optically active defects in solids, with an overarching goal to identify new generation of solid state quantum emitters. His main contributions include discovery of new color centers in diamond and hexagonal boron nitride.[3]


Igor received his B.Sc. (2005) and M.Sc. (2007) from the department of Materials Engineering at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology under the supervision of Prof Yeshayahu Lifshitz. He then moved to Australia to pursue his PhD at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Prof Steven Prawer. During his PhD, Igor studied new color centers in diamond and discovered the brightest single-photon source known at that time.[4] After completion of his PhD in December 2010, Igor moved to Harvard for two years of postdoctoral training in the group of Prof Evelyn Hu.

In 2013, he returned to Australia to establish the nanophotonics research group at UTS, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. His group explores new quantum emitters in wide bandgap materials and aims to fabricate quantum nanophotonic devices on a single chip for next generation of quantum computing, quantum cryptography and quantum bio-sensing. In 2016 Aharonovich lead his team to discover the first quantum emitter in 2D materials that operates in room temperature.[3] Aharonovich co-authored more than 100 peer reviewed publications, including one of the most cited reviews on diamond photonics[5] and more recently wrote a road map for solid state single-photon sources.

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  1. ^ "Igor Aharonovich | University of Technology Sydney". Uts.edu.au. 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  2. ^ "Materials Physics and Nanophotonics". Sydneynano.com. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  3. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Aharonovich, Igor; Castelletto, Stefania; Simpson, David A.; Stacey, Alastair; McCallum, Jeff; Greentree, Andrew D.; Prawer, Steven (2009). "Two-Level Ultrabright Single Photon Emission from Diamond Nanocrystals". Nano Letters. 9 (9): 3191–3195. doi:10.1021/nl9014167. PMID 19670845.
  5. ^ "Diamond photonics : Nature Photonics : Nature Publishing Group".
  6. ^ "Pawsey Medal | Australian Academy of Science". Science.org.au. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  7. ^ "Award Winners | IEEE Photonics Society". Photonicssociety.org. 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  8. ^ "2015 NSW Award Winners". AIPS.net.au. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2016-12-30.

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