Upcoming event:

  • Dissertation defense or my last PhD annual report talk, in the Fall semester of 2017.


  • 2012-current: Research Assistant, Center for Quantum Information and Control, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA 87131.



  1. X. Qi, B. Q. Baragiola, P. S. Jessen, and I. H. Deutsch, Dispersive response of atoms trapped near the surface of an optical nanofiber with applications to quantum nondemolition measurement and spin squeezing, Phys. Rev. A 93, 023817 (2016).

    We study the strong coupling between photons and atoms that can be achieved in an optical nanofiber geometry when the interaction is dispersive. While the Purcell enhancement factor for spontaneous emission into the guided mode does not reach the strong-coupling regime for individual atoms, one can obtain high cooperativity for ensembles of a few thousand atoms due to the tight confinement of the guided modes and constructive interference over the entire chain of trapped atoms. We calculate the dyadic Green’s function, which determines the scattering of light by atoms in the presence of the fiber, and thus the phase shift and polarization rotation induced on the guided light by the trapped atoms. The Green’s function is related to a full Heisenberg-Langevin treatment of the dispersive response of the quantized field to tensor polarizable atoms. We apply our formalism to quantum nondemolition (QND) measurement of the atoms via polarimetry. We study shot-noise-limited detection of atom number for atoms in a completely mixed spin state and the squeezing of projection noise for atoms in clock states. Compared with squeezing of atomic ensembles in free space, we capitalize on unique features that arise in the nanofiber geometry including anisotropy of both the intensity and polarization of the guided modes. We use a first-principles stochastic master equation to model the squeezing as a function of time in the presence of decoherence due to optical pumping. We find a peak metrological squeezing of ∼5 dB is achievable with current technology for ∼2500 atoms trapped 180 nm from the surface of a nanofiber with radius a=225 nm.

      title = {Dispersive response of atoms trapped near the surface of an optical nanofiber with applications to quantum nondemolition measurement and spin squeezing},
      author = {Qi, Xiaodong and Baragiola, Ben Q. and Jessen, Poul S. and Deutsch, Ivan H.},
      journal = {Phys. Rev. A},
      year = {2016},
      month = feb,
      number = {2},
      pages = {023817},
      volume = {93},
      arxiv = {1509.02625 },
      doi = {10.1103/PhysRevA.93.023817},
      file = {},
      repo = {},
      grantnumber = {AFOSR-Y600242,NSF-PHY-1212445, NSF-PHY-1307520},
      gsid = {14591647056169599678},
      issue = {2},
      numpages = {17},
      owner = {qxd},
      publicationdate = {February 11, 2016},
      publisher = {American Physical Society},
      submissiondate = {September 22, 2015},
      timestamp = {2016.02.11},
      url = {}
  2. G. Liu, Y. Ning, and X. Qi, Study of whispering-gallery-mode in a photonic crystal microcavity, Optoelectronics Letters 7, 105 (2011).

    The whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) photonic crystal microcavity can be potentially used for miniaturized photonic devices, such as thresholdless lasers. In this paper, we use plane wave expansion (PWE) method and study the WGM of H2 photonic crystal microcavities which are formed by removing seven center air holes in a photonic crystal. The WGM in these large-size cavities has some advantages compared with single defect WGM in the view of real device applications. We analyze the nearby air hole effect on WGM and conclude that WGM is more sensitive to moving towards the outside rather than moving towards the inside of a nearby air hole. In our case, if a nearby air hole is moved 0.1a away from the center, the WGM will disappear. If a nearby air hole is moved 0.6a towards the center, however, the WGM will still exit. We also analyze the structure with an air hole (rm= 0.2a) in the center of the microcavity, and we find that the WGM is not affected by the central hole sensitively. As we increase rm, the WGM remains unchanged until rm is 0.64 times greater than period a. It is found that the tolerance of WGM to the displacement of nearby air holes and the occurance of central holes is large enough to fabricate electrical injection structure.

      author = {Liu, Guangyu and Ning, Yongqiang and Qi, Xiaodong},
      title = {Study of whispering-gallery-mode in a photonic crystal microcavity},
      journal = {Optoelectronics Letters},
      year = {2011},
      volume = {7},
      number = {2},
      pages = {105--108},
      doi = {10.1007/s11801-011-0137-5},
      gsid = {16334681384623386562},
      grantnumber = {National Natural Science Foundation of China 60636020, 60676034, 60706007, 10974012, 60876036 and 90923037, Jilin Province Science and Technology Development Project 20080335 and 20080516, CAS Innovative Fund}
  3. X. Qi, Modeling and deciphering on two spin-polariton entanglement experiments in NV center of diamond, ArXiv e-Prints (2011).

    This work is a theoretical investigation on the spin-polariton (polarized single photon) entanglement in nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers in diamond in order to interpret the results of two landmark experiments reported by the teams of Buckley and Togan in Science and Nature. A Jaynes-Cummings model is applied to analyze the off- and on-resonant dynamics of the electronic spin and polarized photon system. Combined with the analysis on the NV center’s electron structure and transition rules, this model consistently explained the Faraday effect, Optical Stark effect, pulse echo technology and energy level engineering technology in the way to realize the spin-polariton entanglement in diamond. All theoretical results are consistent well with the reported phenomena and data. This essay essentially aims at applying the fundamental skills the author has learned in Quantum Optics and Nonlinear Optics, especially to the interesting materials not covered in class, in assignments and examinations, such as calculation on matrix form of Hamiltonian, quantum optical dynamics with dressed state analysis, entanglement and so on.

      author = {Qi, Xiaodong},
      title = {Modeling and deciphering on two spin-polariton entanglement experiments in NV center of diamond},
      journal = {ArXiv e-prints},
      year = {2011},
      month = {\#nov\#},
      adsnote = {Provided by the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System},
      adsurl = {},
      archiveprefix = {arXiv},
      eprint = {1111.5532},
      keywords = {Quantum Physics, Physics - Atomic Physics, Physics - Optics},
      owner = {QXD},
      primaryclass = {quant-ph},
      timestamp = {2011.11.24}
  4. X. Qi, S. Ye, N. Zhang, L. Qin, and L. Wang, Surface-emitting distributed-feedback semiconductor lasers and grating-coupled laser diodes, Chinese Journal of Optics and Applied Optics 3, 415 (2010).

    The principles and structures of Surface-emitting Distributed-feedback Bragg(SE-DFB)semiconductor lasers,especially curved-grating coupled SE-DFB lasers,are described,then,their characteristics are discussed and compared with that of other semiconductors.It points out that the SE-DFB lasers based on special diffractive characteristics of curved grating can achieve the mode control and two-dimensional leaky-mode coupling of laser arrays,and can obtain the laser with narrow line width(typically 0.08 nm),small divergence angle(typically 0.5 mrad),high brightness(3 W(CW)near-diffraction limit emitting from a single device)and high power(73 W maximum in a single device and kW level in arrays).After reviewing the development,present status and new opportunities in future of the SE-DFB devices,it emphasizes that as the curved-grating coupled SE-DFB has both strengths from side emitting and surface emitting devices,it will have great research significance and wide application prospect by introducing into semiconductor lasers and arrays with different material systems and structures.

      author = {Qi, Xiaodong and Ye, Shujuan and Zhang, Nan and Qin, Li and Wang, Lijun},
      title = {Surface-emitting distributed-feedback semiconductor lasers and grating-coupled laser diodes},
      journal = {Chinese Journal of Optics and Applied Optics},
      year = {2010},
      volume = {3},
      issue = {5},
      pages = {415-431},
      url = {},
      gsid = {11825572885569869085},
      grantnumber = {国家自然科学基金重点资助项目(No.60636020), 国家自然科学基金资助项目(No.60676034 10974012), 吉林省科技发展项目(No.20080335), 中国科学院知识创新工程领域前沿项目, 国家自然科学基金重点支持项目(No.90923037)}
  5. S. Ye, L. Qin, X. Qi, Y. Hu, N. Zhang, Y. Ning, and L. Wang, Emission characteristics of second-order distributed feedback semiconductor lasers, Zhongguo Jiguang (Chinese Journal of Lasers) 37, 2371 (2010).

      author = {Ye, Shujuan and Qin, Li and Qi, Xiaodong and Hu, Yongsheng and Zhang, Nan and Ning, Yongqiang and Wang, Lijun},
      title = {Emission characteristics of second-order distributed feedback semiconductor lasers},
      journal = {Zhongguo Jiguang (Chinese Journal of Lasers)},
      year = {2010},
      volume = {37},
      issue = {9},
      pages = {2371-2375},
      gsid = {13677417736077898026},
      publisher = {Chinese Optical Society,| a P. O. Box 800-211| c Shanghai| z 201800| e zhgjgail. shcnc. ac. cn| u www. opticsjournal. net}
  6. 叶淑娟, 秦莉, 戚晓东, 胡永生, 张楠, 宁永强, and 王立军, 二阶光栅分布反馈半导体激光器的出光特性, 中国激光 37, 2371 (2010).

    基于耦合模理论,分析了二阶光栅分布反馈(DFB)激光器的综合出光特性,包括阈值增益、光子密度分布、外微分量子效率等。数值计算结果表明,对于波长为1.55μm的给定结构器件,二阶光栅占空比对其出光特性影响较大。最后得到优化的光栅占空比为0.43,优化后,腔内光子密度分布均匀,边模抑制比达35 dB,外微分量子效率达47%。

      title = {二阶光栅分布反馈半导体激光器的出光特性},
      author = {叶淑娟 and 秦莉 and 戚晓东 and 胡永生 and 张楠 and 宁永强 and 王立军},
      journal = {中国激光},
      volume = {37},
      issue = {9},
      pages = {2371-2375},
      year = {2010},
      url = {},
      gsid = {13677417736077898026}
  7. 戚晓东, 叶淑娟, 张楠, 秦莉, and 王立军, 面发射分布反馈半导体激光器及光栅耦合半导体激光器, 中国光学与应用光学 514 (2010).


      title = {面发射分布反馈半导体激光器及光栅耦合半导体激光器},
      author = {戚晓东 and 叶淑娟 and 张楠 and 秦莉 and 王立军},
      year = {2010},
      journal = {中国光学与应用光学},
      issue = {5},
      pages = {514-431},
      url = {}
  8. 李德华, 戚晓东, and 刘盛纲, 光整流法产生THz辐射转化率的理论分析, 中国科学:E辑 39, 745 (2009).


      title = {光整流法产生THz辐射转化率的理论分析},
      author = {李德华 and 戚晓东 and 刘盛纲},
      journal = {中国科学:E辑},
      volume = {39},
      issue = {4},
      pages = {745-750},
      year = {2009},
      url = {}
  9. D. Li, X. Qi, and S. Liu, A theoretical analysis of optical-to-THz conversion efficiency via optical rectification, Science in China Series-E 51, 2080 (2008).

    A theoretical analysis of an ultra-short pulse converted to Terahertz radiation via optical rectification in nonlinear optical crystal is presented here; several factors that affect optical-to-THz conversion efficiencies are discussed; pulse durations affect the conversion efficiency effectively: when crystal length is equal to the optimal crystal length lc, optical-to-THz conversion efficiency is the highest, but for the periodically-inverted electro-optic crystals, conversion efficiency is almost proportional to the crystal length when absorption can be neglected. Taking account of the absorption of crystals, effective length of crystal is Leff=0.63/α, there is no apparent increase of conversion efficiency and the conversion efficiency approaches to a constant eventually when the crystal length is increased.

      author = {Li, Dehua and Qi, Xiaodong and Liu, Shenggang},
      title = {A theoretical analysis of optical-to-THz conversion efficiency via optical rectification},
      journal = {Science in China Series-E},
      year = {2008},
      volume = {51},
      number = {12},
      pages = {2080-2088},
      gsid = {16256416162266910954},
      doi = {10.1007/s11431-008-0309-0}


    1. X. Qi, The Effects of Multi-Exciton Interactions on Optical Cavity Emission, Master’s thesis, Queen’s University, 2012.

      This thesis presents a theoretical study of the collective effects of a large number of photon emitters coupled to optical cavities. The ensemble effects are accounted for by considering both the light emitting and scattering by the photon emitters. It suggests that, to correctly estimate the emitters ensemble coupled cavity mode, it is necessary to consider the existence of the excited excitons ensemble and optical pumps. This thesis shows that optical pumps can excite more excitons and scattering channels as pumping power increases. The change in exciton population can lead to comprehensive spectral behaviors by changing the cavity spectral shapes, bandwidth and resonance positions, through the inhomogeneous broadening and frequencies repulsion effects of collective emissions. The existence of the exciton ensemble can also enhance optical coupling effects between target excitons and the cavity mode. The target exciton, which has a relatively large coupling strength and is close to the cavity peak, can affect the properties of the background dipoles and their coupling to the cavity. All these collective effects are sensitive to the number, the resonances distribution, and the optical properties of the background excitons in the frequency domain and the property of the target exciton, if any. This study provides a perspective on the control of the optical properties of cavities and individual excitons through collective excitation.

        author = {Qi, Xiaodong},
        title = {The effects of multi-exciton interactions on optical cavity emission},
        school = {Queen's University},
        year = {2012},
        month = jul,
        repo = {},
        file = {},
        owner = {qxd},
        timestamp = {2012.07.23},
        url = {}

    Selected Talks and Conferences:

    • June 9, 2017: APS 48th Annual Meeting of DAMOP 2017 presentation (Generation of atomic spin squeezed states in nanophotonic waveguides using QND measurement, slides and audio records can be downloaded from the link), Sacramento, California, USA.
    • February 24, 2017: 19th Annual SQuInT Workshop 2017 talk (Spin Squeezing on Nanophotonic Waveguides, slides can be downloaded form the link), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
    • Nov 16th, 2016: Annual research report, CQuIC @ Albuquerque, NM, USA.
    • July 31-Aug 5, 2016: Gordon Research Conference – Quantum Entanglement, New States of Matter, and Correlated Dynamics, Easton, MA, USA. (poster)
    • July 30-31, 2016: Gordon Research Seminar – Quantum Simulation, Entanglement and Dynamics of Condensed Matter Systems and Field Theories, Easton, MA, USA. (poster)
    • Feb 18-20, 2016: 18th Annual SQuInT workshop, Albuquerque, NM, USA. (poster)
    • Dec 29-30, 2015: Academic visit and a Seminar talk in IPhy, CAS @ Beijing, China.
    • Dec 25-26, 2015: Academic visit and a Seminar talk in Hefei National Lab of Microscale Matter Physics, USTC @ Hefei, China. (slides repo)
    • Dec 25, 2015: JuliaQuantum and software ecosystem in the perspective of quantum information science, public talk in USTC.
    • Dec 23-24, 2015: Academic visit and a Seminar talk in the Key Laboratory of Quantum Information, USTC @ Hefei, China.
    • Nov 27-Dec 2 and Dec 29-31, 2015: Academic visit and a Seminar talk on Strong dispersive response of atoms trapped near to an optical nanofiber, AMSS, CAS @ Beijing, China.
    • Sep 29, 2015: Annual research report, CQuIC @ Albuquerque, NM, USA.
    • June 10, 2015: 46th Annual Meeting of the APS DAMOP oral presentation, 60 (7), Columbus, OH, USA.
    • May 12-15, 2015: Retreat research presentation with collaborators from UofA and Sandia National Labs @ Flagstaff, AZ, USA.
    • Feb 21, 2015: JuliaMeetup opening up talk @ Berkeley, CA, USA.
    • Feb 18-21, 2015: Poster presentation at the 17th SQuInT workshop, Berkeley, CA, USA.
    • Oct, 1, 2014: PhD Candidate exam presentation, Department of physics and astronomy, UNM @ Albuquerque, NM, USA. (slides repo)
    • July 27-July 1: Poster presentation, Gordon Research Workshop on Quantum Science, Easton, MI, USA.
    • July 26, 2014: Poster presentation, Gordon Research Seminar on Quantum Science, Easton, MI, USA.
    • May 26-30, 2014: Research retreat with collaborators from UofA, @ Flagstaff, AZ, USA.
    • Feb, 2014: Poster presentation in the 16th SQuInT Workshop, Santa Fe, NM, USA.
    • Oct, 2013: CQuIC seminar talk, @ Albuquerque, NM, USA.
    • June-July, 2013: Canadian Summer School for Quantum Computing, Calgary, Canada.
    • July, 2013: Academic visits in Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
    • May, 2013: Research retreat with collaborators from UofA, @ Flagstaff, AZ, USA.
    • Feb, 2013: the 15th SQuInT Workshop @ Santa Barbara, CA, USA.
    • Oct, 2012: CQuIC seminar talk on my previous cavity-QED study, @ Albuquerque, NM, USA. (slides repo)
    • May, 2009: Dehua Li, Xiaodong Qi and Shenggang Liu. “A theoretical analysis of optical-to-THz conversion efficiency via optical rectification”. IONS China 2009. (poster)
    • Nov, 2008: Dehua Li, Xiaodong Qi, Zhou Wei, Jin Tao and Shenggang Liu, “Optical-to-THz conversion efficiency analysis and comparison of ZnTe, DAST, LiNbO3 crystals”, Proc. SPIE 7277, Photonics and Optoelectronics Meetings (POEM) 2008: Terahertz Science and Technology, 727715 (InProcessing online June 03, 2009).

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