» 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
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, 2014 (in press).
New insights on emergence from the perspective of weak values and dynamical non-locality By: Tollaksen, Jeff Published by the Institute of Physics Conference: 2nd International Symposium on Emergent Quantum Mechanics (EmQM) Location: Austrian Acad Sci, Vienna, AUSTRIA Date: OCT 03-06, 2013 EMQM13: EMERGENT QUANTUM MECHANICS 2013 Book Series: Journal of Physics Conference Series Volume:504 Article Number: 012029 (24 pages) Published: 2014
“Spaghetti” design for gravitational wave superconducting antenna,” By A Gulian, J Foreman, V Nikoghosyan, S Nussinov, L Sica, J Tollaksen 11th European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS2013) IOP Publishing Journal of Physics: Conference Series 507 (2014) 042013 doi:10.1088/1742-6596/507/4/042013
"Superconducting antenna concept for gravitational waves," by A. Gulian, J. Foreman, V. Nikoghosyan, S. Nussinov, L. Sica, J. Tollaksen, published in Physics Procedia by Elsevier 25th International Cryogenic Engineering Conference and the International Cryogenic Materials Conference in 2014, ICEC 25–ICMC 2014
"Current-biased transition-edge sensors based on re-entrant superconductors," by A. Gulian, J. Foreman, V. Nikoghosyan, J. Tollaksen, V. Vardanyan, A. Kuzanyan published in Physics Procedia by Elsevier 25th International Cryogenic Engineering Conference and the International Cryogenic Materials Conference in 2014, ICEC 25–ICMC 2014
"Superoscillating sequences as solutions of generalized Schrödinger equations," by Y. Aharonov, F. Colombo, I. Sabadini, D.C. Struppa, J. Tollaksen in Journal de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 3 July 2014)
"Weak values and modular variables from a quantum phase-space perspective" By Augusto C. Lobo · Yakir Aharonov, ·Jeff Tollaksen · Elizabeth M. Berrigan, ·Clyffe de Assis Ribeiro, (36 pages) in Quantum Stud.: Math. Found.; ; published by Springer, DOI 10.1007/s40509-014-0007-5 (Accepted: 23 May 2014)
"Collapses and avoiding wave function spreading." Aharon Casher, Shmuel Nussinov, Jeff Tollaksen 10 pages, Quantum Stud.: Math. Found.; published by Springer, DOI 10.1007/s40509-014-0009-3 (Accepted: 5 June 2014)
“Observation of a quantum Cheshire Cat in a matter-wave interferometer experiment” By: Denkmayr, Tobias; Geppert, Hermann; Sponar, Stephan; Lemmel, Hartmut ; Matzkin, Alexandre; Tollaksen, Jeff; Hasegawa, Yuji NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, Volume: 5 Pages: 4492-4492 Published: JUL 2014
Evolution of superoscillatory data By: Aharonov, Y.; Colombo, F.; Sabadini, I.; Struppa, D; Tollaksen, J JOURNAL OF PHYSICS A-MATHEMATICAL AND THEORETICAL Volume: 47 Issue: 20 Article Number: 205301 Published: MAY 23 2014
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 (Published September 28, 2013).
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 (Published September 28, 2013).
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 (Published September 28, 2013).
Aharonov, Y., Tollaksen, J., "Modern Physics, the Nature of Time, and Us," in The Chapman University Interdisciplinary Series: Time, Alloy, Play. Published October, 2013.
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 (Published September 28, 2013).
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.(Published: SEP 3 2013)
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).