Peter L. Knight

Peter L. Knight

Peter L. Knight is a professor of quantum optics and the Principal of the Faculty of National Sciences at Imperial College London. He has been a staff member there since 1979 and was the head of physics from 2001 to 2005. In 2005, he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his work in optical physics.

After receiving his doctorate at Sussex University, Knight was research associate at the University of Rochester and held various fellowships in the United Kingdom.

Knight’s research is focused on theoretical quantum optics, strong field physics and quantum information. In quantum optics, he specializes in non-classical light (especially squeezed light). Within strong field physics, Knight is particularly interested in high harmonic generation. He is also investigating how quantum gates can be realized by quantum optical systems.

Knight has been instrumental in setting up the new Grantham Institute for Climate Change. He has been named a “highly cited author” by Thomson Scientific. Knight is a fellow of OSA, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society. He has received the Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Endowment.

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