Practical Quantum Optics
University of Erlangen
Nürnberg and MPI for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany
studied Physics and Mathematics at the University of Cologne until 1975 and
finished with the diploma degree. In 1975 he moved to the University of Munich as research
associate in the group of Prof. Dr. H. Walther. His PhD
thesis in 1978 deals with the fi
structure splitting of sodium Rydberg atoms. From 1979 to 1980 he was visiting fellow at the
University of Colorado in Boulder, USA. In 1982 he received the Habilitation degree at the
University of Munich on multiphoton processes in atoms.
1980 he obtai
ned a Feodor
Stipend of the Alexander
Humboldt Foundation and, from 1983 to 1985, a Heisenberg
Fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which he used to work at JILA and
NIST in Boulder.
From 1985 to 1989 he led the gravitational wave d
etection group of the
Society in Garching. There one focus of his research was the generation of
quantum noise reduced light beams
and their application towards the improvement of the
sensitivity of laser interferometers. From 1990 to 1994 he
served as Technical Director of
Nanomach AG at Buchs in Switzerland. After having spent 5 years in industry he took over
the chair of optics at the University of Erlangen
Nuremberg and continued to do research on
quantum noise reduced light, this time focu
in optical fibers including
world first demonstrations. This led to the generation of
entangled intense beams
quantum key distribution
. He discovered, that
quantum cryptography with inten
se coherent beams has no in principle distance limitation
which came as a surprise. Since 1994 he is Professor of Physics at the University Erlangen
Nuremberg. In 2000 he started the
Center of Modern Optics
In 2004 he was
appointed Fellow of t
he Optical Society of America and Fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK.
In 2005 he won the Quantum Electronics Prize of the European Physical Society and was
appointed member of the German Academy of Science Leopoldina.
From 2004 to 2008 he
served as dir
ector of the 'Max Planck Research Group of Optics, Information and Photonics'.
After two successful scientific evaluations the Max Planck Society decided to establish the
new Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light at Erlangen and s
ince January 2009
Leuchs is one of the directors of the Max
Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL).
Gerd Leuchs published more than 250
publications in peer reviewed scientific journals and
numerous invited papers, he is editor of 3 books and inventor of 10 pa
In 2012 he
received the cross of merit of the Federal republic of Germany.
Since 2012 he is Adjunct
Professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada.