Short biography

I was born in Sion, Switzerland, not so long ago, or so I claim. It is during high school that I was first confronted to physics. My main recollection of that is of the shock I had to absorb when I realized how natural phenomena can be cast into a mathematical formalism, and how the latter allows not only to understand experimental observations but also, and perhaps more importantly, to make checkable predictions. Wanting to know more, I went on to study physics, first at the ETHZ, where I obtained a diploma in theoretical physics in 1992, then at the university of Neuchatel, where I worked towards my PhD. After some brief works on phase transitions, I fell in love with quantum chaos. I received a PhD in natural sciences in 1997 from the University of Neuchatel, for works on quantum chaos and disordered interacting electronic systems. I then crossed the Atlantic and became a postdoctoral fellow in the applied physics department at Yale university from 1997-2000. I worked on mesoscopic electronics and quantum optics physics problems. I did my second postdoc at the Lorentz institute for theoretical physics, Leiden university from 2000-2003. I then moved to the university of Geneva, where I was an assistant professor in the theoretical physics department from 2003-2005. This is where my postdoc, Rob Whitney, and I did our contributions to the semiclassical theory of quantum transport. Building up on works by Klaus Richter and Martin Sieber, we were among the first to correctly capture quantum corrections to transport. I am currently at the physics department of the university of Arizona, Tucson, with a joint appointment with the college of optical sciences. I am busy working on nonlinear phenomena in quantum optical as well as in electronic systems. I have held a number of academic visitor positions, most notably at the Lorentz institute for theoretical physics, at Yale university, at the Chinese academy of sciences in Beijing, at the Basel center for quantum computing, at the university of Geneva and at the university of Regensburg.


My scientifics interests orbit around quantum coherence, how it manifests itself, how it gets lost and how it can be made more robust. My focus in that area is on linear and nonlinear quantum transport.

Philippe Jacquod,

Professor of Physics

Associate Professor of Optical Sciences