» Dr. Jeff Tollaksen
Professor, Director, Center of Excellence in Quantum Studies

Schmid College of Science and Technology
Physics, Computational Science and Engineering, School of Computational Sciences
Dr. Jeff Tollaksen
Office Location:
Hashinger Science Center 223
Phone:
(714) 289-2042
Email:
Education
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science in Physics
Boston University, Master of Arts in Physics
Boston University, Ph.D. in Physics
Biography
 I. PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION
  • 1987   B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (physics)
  • 1994   M.A. Boston University (theoretical physics)
  • 2002   Ph.D. Boston University (theoretical physics); Advisor: Yakir Aharonov; title: "Quantum reality and non-local aspects of time"

II. APPOINTMENTS AND WORK EXPERIENCE

8/2008-Present Associate Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Physics, Computational Science and Engineering, Chapman University
2006-8/2008 Founder and Director, Center for Quantum Studies, George Mason University
2006-8/2008 Assistant Professor, College of Science, George Mason University
2004-2006  Assistant Professor, School of Computational Sciences, George Mason University
2003-2004 Research Assistant Professor, School of Computational Sciences, George Mason University

III. RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

a. Five grants for which I am the Principal Investigator

1) Principal Investigator: Office for Naval Research, "Current-controlled optical modulator for SBS- and SRS-digital data transferring fiber-line," $356,659, October 2008-September 2011.
2) Principal Investigator: National Institute of Standards and Technology, "Applying foundational concepts in quantum mechanics to quantum information, computing, and measurement," ~$900,000, 2007-2008.
3) Principal Investigator: Naval Research Laboratory, "Slow Light Technology," $65,000, 2006-2008.
4) Principal Investigator: CTNS-Stars, "Time and Reality: New Insights from Weak Measurements and Non-locality," $100,000, co-Investigators include Yakir Aharonov, David Albert, Paul Davies, Brian Greene, Menas Kafatos, etc.
5) Principal Investigator: Office for Naval Research, "Nonlinear optics for cryostat," $456,500, October 2009-September 2012.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Aharonov, Y., Popescu, S., Tollaksen, J., "Each instant of time a new universe," in Struppa D, Tollaksen J (Eds) Quantum Theory: a Two-Time Success Story. Yakir Aharonov Festschrift. Springer, Milan, 2013, DOI: 10.1007/978-88-470-5217-8_3 (in press).
Jordan, A.N., Tollaksen, J., "Weak Values: The progression from quantum foundations to tool," in Struppa D, Tollaksen J (Eds) Quantum Theory: a Two-Time Success Story. Yakir Aharonov Festschrift. Springer, Milan, 2013, DOI: 10.1007/978-88-470-5217-8_16 (in press).
Y. Aharonov, F. Colombo, I. Sabadini, D.C. Struppa, J. Tollaksen, "On superoscillations longevity: a windowed Fourier transform approach," in Struppa D, Tollaksen J (Eds) Quantum Theory: a Two-Time Success Story. Yakir Aharonov Festschrift. Springer, Milan, 2013, DOI: 10.1007/978-88-470-5217-8_20 (in press).
Tollaksen, J., Jordan, A.N., "Twenty-five years of weak values: from foundational issues to precision measurement," in Coherence and Quantum Optics, published by The Optical Society, 2013 (in press).
Aharonov, Y., Tollaksen, J., "Modern Physics, the Nature of Time, and Us," in The Chapman University Interdisciplinary Series: Time, Alloy, Play, 2013 (in press).
Struppa D, Tollaksen J (Eds) Quantum Theory: a Two-Time Success Story: Yakir Aharonov Festschrift. Springer, Milan, 2013, DOI: 10.1007/978-88-470-5217-8 (in press).
Aharonov, Y., Botero, A., Nussinov, S., Popescu, S., Tollaksen, J., Vaidman, L. "The classical limit of quantum optics," New Journal of Physics, volume 15 (2013) 093006 (7pp), doi:10.1088/1367-2630/15/9/093006.
Y. Aharonov, F. Colombo, I. Sabadiniy, D.C. Struppa, J. Tollaksen, "On some operators associated to superoscillations," Complex Analysis and Operator Theory, Volume: 7, Issue: 4, Pages: 1299-1310, DOI: 10.1007/s11785-012-0227-9, Published: August 2013
Y. Aharonov, F. Colombo, I. Sabadiniy, D.C. Struppa, J. Tollaksen, "On the Cauchy problem for the Schrodinger equation with superoscillatory initial data," Journal de Mathematiques Pures et Appliquees, Volume: 99, Issue: 2, Pages: 165-173 DOI: 10.1016/j.matpur.2012.06.008 Published: February 2013.
Nussinov, S., Tollaksen, J., "Extreme sub-radiance: can quantum effects generate dramatically longer atomic lifetimes?", Foundations of Physics, DOI 10.1007/s10701-012-9663-7, Volume: 42, Issue: 9, Pages: 1186-1199 DOI: 10.1007/s10701-012-9663-7 Published: September 2012.
Y. Aharonov, F. Colombo, Nussinov, S., I. Sabadiniy, D.C. Struppa, J. Tollaksen, "Superoscillation phenomena in SO(3)," Proceedings of the Royal Society A- Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, Volume: 468, Issue: 2147, Pages: 3587-3600 DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2012.0131, Published: November 8, 2012.
Tollaksen, J., “Time-symmetry, weak measurements and dynamical non-locality in quantum mechanics,” in press, American Physical Society proceedings for the “75 years of entanglement” conference, Journal of Physics: Conf, 2011.
Tollaksen, J, “Pre and post-selection, weak measurements and the flow of time in quantum mechanics,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Quantum Theory, ed.: G. Jaeger, A. Khrennikov, M. Schlosshauer, G. Weihs, AIP Conference Proceedings Volume 1327, 978-0-7354-0882-1, Pages: 240-268 (2011).
Aharonov, Y., Colombo, F., Sabadini, I., Struppa, D.C., Tollaksen, J., “Some mathematical properties of superoscillations, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical 44 (2011) 365304.
T. Kaufherr, Y. Aharonov, S. Nussinov, S. Popescu, and J. Tollaksen, "Dynamical features of interference phenomena in the presence of entanglement," Physical Review A, 83, 052127 (2011).
Aharonov, Y., Popescu, S., Tollaksen, J., "A time-symmetric formulation of quantum mechanics," Feature Story for Physics Today, May 2011.
Aharonov, Y., Popescu, S., Tollaksen, J., “Consistent treatments of quantum mechanics,” Physics Today, October, 2011.
Aharonov, Y., Tollaksen, J., “New insights on Time-Symmetry in Quantum Mechanics,” in VISIONS OF DISCOVERY: New Light on Physics, Cosmology And Consciousness, ed. R. Y. Chiao, M. L. Cohen, A. J. Leggett, W. D. Phillips, and C. L. Harper, Jr. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Tollaksen, J., Aharonov, Y., Casher, A., Kaufherr, T., Nussinov, S., “Quantum interference experiments, modular variables and weak measurements,” New Journal of Physics, 12 (2010) 013023.
Aharonov, Y., Popescu, S., Tollaksen, J., "A time-symmetric formulation of quantum mechanics," Feature Story for Physics Today, November 2010.
Tollaksen, J. and Aharonov, Y “Deterministic Operators, Weak Measurements and Interference Phenomenon” Journal of Physics: Conf, 196 012006 (2009) Institute of Physics.
Aharonov, Y., Popescu, S., Tollaksen, J. Vaidman, L. Physical Review A, “Multiple-time states and multiple-time measurements in quantum mechanics,” 79, 052110 (2009).