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Igor Aharonovich, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Igor Aharonovich

Igor Aharonovich is an Associate Professor at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia. Igor’s research focus is on optically active defects in solids, with an overarching goal to identify a new generation of solid state quantum emitters. His main contributions include the discovery of new colour centres in diamond and hexagonal boron nitride.

Igor received his BSc (2005) and MSc (2007) from the Department of Materials Engineering at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, under the supervision of Professor Yeshayahu Lifshitz. He subsequently moved to Australia to pursue his PhD at the University of Melbourne, under the supervision of Professor Steven Prawer. During his PhD, Igor studied new colour centres in diamond and discovered the brightest single-photon source known at that time. After completing his PhD in December 2010, Igor moved to Harvard for two years where he carried out his postdoctoral training in the group of Professor Evelyn Hu.

In 2013, Igor returned to Australia to establish the nanophotonics research group at UTS, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. His group explores new quantum emitters in wide bandgap materials, and aims to fabricate quantum nanophotonic devices on a single chip for next generation of quantum computing, quantum cryptography, and quantum bio-sensing. In 2016, Igor led his team to discover the first quantum emitter in 2D materials that operates in room temperature. He has co-authored more than 100 peer reviewed publications, including one of the most cited reviews on diamond photonics, and more recently wrote a road map for solid state single-photon sources.