Dr Scott Parkins

MSc/DPhil (Waikato)

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Associate Professor

Research | Current

Research areas

  • Theoretical quantum optics
  • Cavity quantum electrodynamics (cavity QED)
  • Many-body cavity QED and quantum phase transitions

Current research

My field of research is theoretical quantum optics, with particular emphasis on cavity quantum electrodynamics (cavity QED) – the interaction of atoms with quantised light fields (e.g., single photons) inside optical resonators. My specific interests are in the controlled preparation of uniquely quantum-mechanical states of both the atoms and light fields. Such states are of interest from a fundamental point of view as well as being of basic importance in the very topical fields of quantum information processing (e.g., quantum computing) and quantum phase transitions.

Some examples of the research projects I am currently pursuing are as follows:

  • Cavity QED with coupled optical resonators
    Here we examine the modification of fundamental radiative properties of atoms that interact with the light fields of the resonators, focussing on the influence that distant atoms can have on each other through their light-mediated interactions.
  • Many-body cavity QED
    We consider many-atom systems with long range interactions mediated by the light fields of optical resonators. Such many-body interacting quantum systems can exhibit a variety of different quantum states, or phases, as well as the concomitant critical phenomena associated with transitions between these phases. We explore schemes for manipulating interactions, via specific atomic level configurations and tailored laser excitations, in such a way as to generate novel quantum phases and phase transitions.

Areas of expertise

  • Theoretical Quantum Optics
  • Quantum Information and Quantum Computation
  • Quantum Chaos


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Carmele, A., Parkins, S., & Knorr, A. (2020). Quantum-optical realization of an Ornstein-Uhlenbeck-type process via simultaneous action of white noise and feedback. PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 102 (3)10.1103/PhysRevA.102.033712
  • Stitely, K., Masson, S. J., Giraldo, A., Krauskopf, B., & Parkins, S. (2020). Superradiant Switching, Quantum Hysteresis, and Oscillations in a Generalized Dicke Model. Arxiv Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin Stitely
  • Stitely, K. C., Giraldo Munoz, A., Krauskopf, B., & Parkins, A. S. (2020). Nonlinear semiclassical dynamics of the unbalanced, open Dicke model. Physical Review Research, 2 (3), 033131-1-033131-18. 10.1103/PhysRevResearch.2.033131
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin Stitely, Andrus Giraldo Munoz
  • Stitely, K., Giraldo, A., Krauskopf, B., & Parkins, S. (2020). The nonlinear semiclassical dynamics of the unbalanced, open Dicke model. Arxiv Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin Stitely
  • Német N, White, D., Kato, S., Parkins, S., & Aoki, T. (2019). Transfer matrix approach to determining the linear response of all-fiber networks of cavity-QED systems. Arxiv Related URL.
  • Shillito, R., Német N, & Parkins, S. (2019). Dynamical behaviour of coupled atom-cavity systems in the single excitation limit. Arxiv Related URL.
  • Nemet, N., Carmele, A., Parkins, S., & Knorr, A. (2019). Comparison between continuous- and discrete-mode coherent feedback for the Jaynes-Cummings model. PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 100 (2)10.1103/PhysRevA.100.023805
  • White, D. H., Kato, S., Nemet, N., Parkins, S., & Aoki, T. (2019). Cavity Dark Mode of Distant Coupled Atom-Cavity Systems. Physical Review Letters, 122 (25), 253603-1-253603-5. 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.253603


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 631
New Zealand

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