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Sergey Polyakov (Fed)

Dr. Sergey V. Polyakov is a physicist in the Quantum Optics group in the Quantum Measurement Division of the Physical Measurement Laboratory. Before becoming a staff member at NIST in 2013, Dr. Polyakov served as a guest researcher at NIST and JQI since 2005 and held a post-doctoral position at Caltech with H. Jeff Kimble, where he built and characterized an atomic ensemble-based quantum memory.

Research Interests:

Selected Awards and Honors:

  1. Review of Scientific Instruments' Top Downloaded Article in 2012, 2013 (Invited Review Article: Single-photon sources and detectors, M. D. Eisaman, J. Fan, A. Migdall and S. V. Polyakov, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 82, 071101 (2011))
  2. Feature researcher in "Optics and Photonics News", Vol. 13, p. 6, July, 2002
  3. New Focus Award of Optical Society of America: Grand Prize, $10000, honoring three students annually for the outstanding research in Optics, 2002
  4. CREOL/School Of Optics' Student of the Year 2002 and a Finalist's award in 2001
  5. Order of Pegasus of UCF, honoring one or two graduate students and eight undergraduate students a year out of the population of about 35,000 for excellence in academics, leadership and service, 2002
  6. Three Soros Student and Soros Graduate Student awards, International Soros Science Education Program 1995, 1997 and 1998
  7. Academician Vernov's honor stipend, honoring one student a year out of about 1500 students at Physics Faculty, Moscow State University for excellence in academics and research, 1997
  8. Moscow Mayor's honor stipend, 1996

Professional Service

  • Chair of the Sub-Committee on Fundamental Science: Quantum Optics of Atoms, Molecules and Solids, CLEO/QELS, 2016, 2015-2016
  • Member of the Sub-Committee on Fundamental Science: Quantum Optics of Atoms, Molecules and Solids, CLEO/QELS, 2013-2015
  • Member of the Organization Committee, Conference Series on Quantum Foundations, Vaxjo, Sweden, 2012-2015
  • Editor of a book "Single Photon Generation and Detection Physics and Applications", 2013-2014
  • Guest co-editor of Journal of Modern Optics special issue devoted to Single Photon Workshop 2009, 2011
  • Member of the Organizing Committee, Single Photon Workshop, 2009
  • Member of Optical Society of America's Leadership Council, 2001-2002



A timeline of long distance communication techniques

Communication Linker for Communication Linking

NIST Inventors
Sergey Polyakov and Ivan Burenkov
Patent Description The US has the leading optical communication industry and one of the largest telecommunication markets. Our invention directly improves the underlying technology of the telecommunication infrastructure. Quantum Coherent Frequency Shift Keying (CFSK) receiver is a device that
Created May 31, 2018, Updated July 11, 2022