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Nickolas A. Vamivakas

  • Professor of Optics and Physics
  • Dean of Graduate Education and Post-Doctoral Affairs


214 Wilmot
(585) 275-2089



Nick Vamivakas studied electrical engineering at Boston University and received his PhD degree in 2008.  During this time he developed high resolution microscopy and spectroscopy techniques to study the electro-optic properties of individual nanostructures.  Following his PhD, he was a post-doc from 2007-2011 in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Nick joined the Institute of Optics in 2011 and currently is Professor of Quantum Optics & Quantum Physics and Professor of Physics.

Research Overview

Professor Vamivakas’ research efforts center on light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. He is particularly interested in using optics to interrogate and control both artificial and naturally occurring solid-state quantum emitters. Potential applications range from optical metrology to quantum information science.

Research Overview

Research Interests

  • experimental quantum and nonlinear optics