Elizabeth Groves is a native Californian. She received her B.S. in Computational Physics from the University of California at Davis in 2001. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Rochester, where she received her masters degree in 2005. Her primary research interests in quantum optics are quantum control and optical storage. The main focus of her research has been a theoretical model of the propagation of multiple short optical pulses in nonlinear dense media. She has generated novel analytic solutions called solitons for particular multi-laser systems. Solitons are a special type of solution to nonlinear evolution equations which arise in diverse areas of physics including water waves, superconductors, and plasmas. Elizabeth also generates numerical solutions to probe the applicability of these solutions under non-idealized conditions.
Recently, she produced analytic and numeric solutions to a particular four-level four-pulse system (Optics Letters 2009). The complicated nonlinear interaction leaves a fingerprint of the pulses in the medium long after the pulses have exited. Such "optical storage" has been observed in EIT-type propagation, but less work has been done in the strong, short-pulse regime she studies. How to retrieve the stored information is under active investigation.

“Multipulse Quantum Control: Exact Solutions,” Elizabeth Groves, B. D. Clader, and J. H. Eberly, Opt. Lett. 34, 2539 (2009). View PDF