Hugo Defienne, from quantum properties of light to new imaging applications

Hugo Defienne, a CNRS research fellow, has joined the Nanostructures and Optics team (NANOPT). He leads the Quantum Imaging Paris group.

Hugo Defienne is an expert in the fields of quantum optics, optical imaging and complex media. His research aims toharness quantum properties of light to develop new imaging applications.



He started his career by a PhD in the KastlerBrossel laboratory in France (20122015) during which he pioneered the use of quantum optical states in scattering andcomplex media. He then extended his research scope to quantum imaging as a postdoc at Princeton University in the USA (20162018). There, he initiated a new research direction by merging quantum imaging with structured illuminationapproaches.

In 2019, he was awarded a Marie SkłodowskaCurie fellowship and took up a postdoctoral researcher post at theUniversity of Glasgow (UK) to develop quantum communication approaches with singlephoton sensitive cameras. In thesame year, he secured a Lecturer position at the University of Glasgow. Recently, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant2021 to explore quantum microscopy with entangled photon pairs. In 2022, he secured a new position as a CNRSresearcher in France and moved his team to the Institute of Nanosciences of Paris at Sorbonne University.

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