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Associate Professor

Amir Safavi-Naeini

Amir Safavi-Naeini is an Associate Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He received his B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2008, and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology in 2013 (Painter lab). He came to Stanford in September 2014 after a post-doc at ETH Zurich in the group of Andreas Wallraff.

In his work at Caltech and Stanford, Safavi-Naeini developed optomechanical devices resulting in some of the first experiments showing quantum optomechanical phenomena. The current focus of his group's research is developing photonic, phononic, and microwave devices for quantum sensing, communications, and information processing. He is the author of more than 50 journal papers and co-inventor on 5 US patents/applications. He has been awarded the Terman (2015, 2018), Hellman (2016), Packard (2017) fellowships, and the DARPA Young Faculty Award (2019).



B.ASc. Electrical Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2008
M.S. Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology
Ph. D. Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, 2013


hybrid quantum devices and systems
integrated non-linear photonics

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