Caltech Physicist to Give U.Va. Hoxton Lecture on Quantum Networks March 27

March 24, 2014

Opportunities for the exploration of physical systems that have not, thus far, existed in the natural world – that’s what H. Jeff Kimble, William L. Valentine Professor and Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology, will discuss in a talk formally titled “Quantum Networks in Quantum Optics.” The talk, the University of Virginia’s 42nd annual Llewellyn G. Hoxton Lecture in Physics, will take place March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Chemistry Building Auditorium (room 402). A reception will follow in the Chemistry Building atrium.

Kimble, director of the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech, studies quantum information science and the quantum dynamics of open systems, including quantum measurement, cavity quantum electrodynamics and the realization of quantum networks.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He spent two years as a staff scientist at the General Motors Research Laboratories, and later joined the University of Texas at Austin, where he eventually held the Sid Richardson Regents’ Chair of Physics. He went to Caltech in 1989.

Kimble is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Llewellyn G. Hoxton, for whom the lecture series is named, was a professor of physics at U.Va. and chaired the physics department from 1907 to 1948. Throughout those years, he considered it to be of great importance to convey to students the excitement of new developments in physics. The Hoxton Lectures were inaugurated by the Department of Physics in 1971 to share the viewpoints of physicists on topics where their expertise may offer new insights. These free lectures are intended to be interesting and provocative.

For information, call 434-924-3782 or email Helen McLaughlin, physics and educational outreach assistant, at

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