Migdall’s current interests broadly cover quantum optics with research related to single-photon sources, detectors, processors, and quantum memory for quantum cryptography and quantum computation. Specific efforts involve correlated two-photon light, nonlinear optics, parametric downconversion, Raman scattering, microstructure fibers, multi-particle entanglement, and classical and quantum metrology.
Migdall leads the Quantum Optics Group of the Quantum Measurement Division at NIST. He is a fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland and a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the Optical Society of America, and the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). He has organized a number of conferences and workshops on single photon detector and source technology, as well as the applications and metrology of that technology. He founded the Single Photon Workshop, which debuted at NIST in Gaithersburg in 2003 and has continued biannually at metrology labs in the UK and Italy, NIST-Boulder, and Germany in 2011.
Migdall has been an OSA Eastman/Presidential Speaker since 1997, giving lectures at numerous universities and colleges, as well as local high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. He has provided research opportunities for graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. In addition, he was the science advisor for a National Academy of Sciences middle school optics curriculum program.
Migdall was awarded an NRC postdoctoral fellowship in 1984, was made a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2007, and awarded a Commerce Department's Bronze medal in 2009 for his efforts in single photon technology.
Quantum Measurement Division
Quantum Optics Group
1984-present, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
Ph.D. Atomic and Molecular Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
B.S. Physics and Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD