Tony Lee Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Physics


2007-2012, Ph.D. Physics, Caltech

2005-2007, M.S. Physics, University of Innsbruck

2001-2005, B.S. Physics, Caltech

Awards & Honors

2012-2015, ITAMP Postdoctoral Fellowship

2004, Haren Lee Fisher Memorial Award

2004, Carnation Merit Scholarship

Current Research

I'm a theorist working at the intersection of condensed matter, atomic physics, and quantum optics.

My research explores what new physics arises in systems that are far from equilibrium. In general, less is known about nonequilibrium systems than equilibrium ones, so nonequilibrium physics is a fertile ground to discover new phenomena. Recently, it has become possible to probe quantum nonequilibrium dynamics in experiments with ultracold atoms, solid-state qubits, and nanophotonics. These are quantum many-body systems that are intrinsically far from equilibrium due to driving and dissipation, so they offer an opportunity to uncover novel phases and phase transitions beyond the current understanding.

In addition to fundamental interest, nonequilibrium dynamics are useful for quantum metrology since they can generate quantum states with a large amount of entanglement. These states have reduced uncertainties due to squeezing and allow one to make measurements with much better sensitivity than classical methods. Hence, I am also interested in using nonequilibrium dynamics toward applications like magnetometry and atomic clocks.

Select Publications

Anomalous edge state in a non-Hermitian lattice
T. E. Lee
Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 133903 (2016)

Entanglement and spin squeezing in non-Hermitian phase transitions
T. E. Lee, F. Reiter, and N. Moiseyev
Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 250401 (2014)

Heralded magnetism in non-Hermitian atomic systems
T. E. Lee and C.-K. Chan
Phys. Rev. X 4, 041001 (2014)

Quantum synchronization of quantum van der Pol oscillators with trapped ions
T. E. Lee and H. R. Sadeghpour
Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 234101 (2013)

Unconventional magnetism via optical pumping of interacting spin systems
T. E. Lee, S. Gopalakrishnan, and M. D. Lukin
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 257204 (2013)

Collective quantum jumps of Rydberg atoms
T. E. Lee, H. Haff ner, and M. C. Cross
Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 023602 (2012)

Pattern formation with trapped ions
T. E. Lee and M. C. Cross
Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 143001 (2011)