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Dorian Gangloff


Dorian Gangloff BASc PhD

Associate Professor

Tutorial Fellow, Balliol College

Royal Society University Research Fellow

COLLEGE: Balliol College


Dorian Gangloff is an Engineering Physics graduate from the University of British Columbia (BASc 2010). In 2016, he received a PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a focus on Atomic and Optical Physics. As a graduate student, he and colleagues demonstrated the first-ever use of an optical lattice combined with an atomic trapped-ion crystal as a simulator of nanofrictional processes, work which earned him a Junior Research Fellowship at St John’s College, Cambridge, in 2017. There, he has worked at the Cavendish Laboratory on coherent interfaces between solid-state qubits and easily transmissible photonic states. These are foundational components of quantum networking technologies and offer the opportunity to investigate fundamental quantum optical phenomena.

His recent work on all-optical control of two leading solid-state platforms – quantum dots and diamond colour centers – has had significant impact on spin-based quantum technologies and fundamental many-body physics. He was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in October 2021, and joined the Engineering Science department as an Associate Professor in January 2022.

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Research Interests

Dr Gangloff's general research interests are in the field of quantum science and engineering. In particular, he works on interfaces between spin and photonic quantum bits in solid-state systems, and on leveraging many-body phenomena in spin ensembles for quantum information tasks. In 2021, he was awarded a University Research Fellowship by the Royal Society to develop nuclear-spin-based quantum memories for optical quantum networks.

Research Groups

Current Projects

  • Quantum networks: memory unit with nuclear spins in quantum dots
  • Quantum optics: entangled states of light with solid-state spins
  • Quantum simulators: theory and applications of controlled many-body phases in spin ensembles
  • Quantum computers: Rydberg excitonics for computation and quantum nonlinear optics

DPhil Opportunities

Always looking for talented students and postdocs to join the team. Please contact me directly to discuss opportunities. Funded studentship: