Associate Professor Department of Physics, Institute for Quanfum Science and Engineering

Joint Associate Professor of SIQSE and Physics Department. Resesarch area include quantum optics and atomic, molecular and optical physics. Research projects include national science foundation in precision measurement, quantum control etc.

Personal Profile

Education background:

       2003/09- 2007/06, Physics,Sun Yat-Sen University, Bachelor of Science (Physics)

       2007/09-2012/01, Physics Department,Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • 2009/02 Master of Philosophy (Physics)
  • 2012/06 Doctor of Philosophy (Physics): Thesis: Manipulate Classical and Nonclassical Light with Cold Atoms


  • 2012.03---2019.05 East China Normal University, Physics Department, Research Professor
  • 2019.05 to present, Southern University of Science and Technology, China, Physics Department and Shenzhen Institute for Quantum Science and Technology, Joint Associate Professor

Academic Activities:

       2019.12 to present, Topical Editor, Journal of the Optical Society of America B (JOSA B)


  • Winner of 2011 Young Scientist Award in Physical/Mathematical Science, awarded by Hong Kong Institution of Science;
  • 2016 Critical Progress of Optics in China: Temporal Purity and Quantum Interference of Single Photons from Two independent Cold Atomic Ensembles.


Single photon generation and manipulation

Quantum correlation

Laser cooling and trapping


Spring:Quantum optics PHY5020

Fall:Modern Optics PHY307

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Atomic ensembles are ideal platform to perform quantum optics related research, expecially when they are cooled through laser cooling and trapping technology. Reduced Doppler broadening facilitate near-resonance excitation and hence enhance nonlinear effect of the atomic medium. From nonlinear process, entangled photon pairs, squeezed light, and Schodinger cat state of light can be generated. Therefore the application includes, quantum storage and manipulation of light, optical switch of single photons, QKD, quantum imaging and precision measurement, etc.

Representative works include, observation of single photon precursor, generation and manipulation of narrowband time-frequency entangled photon pairs, pure single photon state from time-frequency entangled photon pars.

Recent Publication:

R. Wen, C. –L. Zou, X. Zhu, P. Chen, Z. Y. Ou, J. F. Chen* and W. Zhang*, “Non-Hermitian magnon-photon interference in an atomic ensemble”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 253602 (2019).

Chenyu Zhang ,J. F. Chen, Chaohan Cui, Jonathan P. Dowling, Z. Y. Ou, and Tim Byrnes, “Quantum teleportation of photonic qudits using linear optics”, Phys. Rev. A 100, 032330 (2019).

Z. Gu, C. Yang, J. F. Chen*, “Characterization of the photon-number state of a narrow-band single photon generated from a cold atomic cloud”, Optics Communications 439,206-209 (2019).

P. Chen, C. Yang, Z. Ren, J. F. Chen, Interference of temporally shaped single photons, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 52, 075502 (6pp) (2019).

C. Yang, Z. Gu, P. Chen, Z. Qin, J. F. Chen*, and W. Zhang*, “Tomography of the temporal-spectral state of subnatural-linewidth single photons from atomic ensembles”, Phys. Rev. Applied 10, 054011 (2018).

X. Zhu, R. Wen and J. F. Chen*, “Tunable atom-light beam splitter using electromagnetically induced transparency”, Phys. Rev. A 97, 063801 (2018).

W. Du, J. Jia, J. F. Chen, Z. Y. Ou*, and W. Zhang*, “Absolute sensitivity of phase measurement in an SU(1,1) type interferometer”, Opt. Lett. 43, 1051 (2018).

P. Qian, Z. Gu, R. Wen, W. Zhang, and J. F. Chen*, “Temporal interference with frequency-controllable long photons from independent cold atomic sources”, Phys. Rev. A 97, 013806 (2018).

J. Jia, W. Du, J. F. Chen, C.-H. Yuan, Z. Y. Ou* and W. Zhang*, “Generation of frequency degenerate twin beams in 85Rb vapor”, Opt. Lett. 42, 4024 (2017).

P. Qian, Z. Gu, R. Cao, R. Wen, Z. Y. Ou, J. F. Chen*, and W. Zhang*, “Temporal purity and quantum interference of single photons from two independent cold atom ensembles”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 013602 (2016).

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  • Invited Talk: Quantum optics in the time domain: ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy and imaging with quantum light


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Recruiting postdoc


Requirement:  Atomic, molecular and optical physics, or quantum optics background in Ph.D; Prefer experimental experience in laser cooling and related techniques. 

Salary and Benefits:

  1. Annual incomes: 335,000 RMB; can be 415000 RMB by winning exceptional award with extra support from the University. 
  2.  Postdoc welfare includes medical insuarance, housing, maternity, etc.
  3.  Encourage to apply for academic funding and individual awards in Shenzhen, Guangdong and national program. 


For interested, please contact Jiefei Chen: 


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