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Hafezi, Mohammad

Associate Professor
Fellow in the Joint Quantum Institute
ECE/IREAP/Joint Quantum Institute (JQI)
2130 Kim Building

Research Interests 

  • Quantum simulation
  • Quantum hybrid systems: optomechanics, circuit-QED
  • Topological features in photonic systems
  • Optical communication and computation


Professor Hafezi studied for two years at Sharif University before completing his undergraduate degree in Physics from École Polytechnique.  He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 2009. He was a senior research associate at the Joint Quantum Institute before joining the ECE faculty.

Honors and Awards 

  • Sloan Research Fellowship (2015)
  • The Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2015)

Related News 

Pristine quantum light source created at the edge of silicon chip
Researchers have demonstrated a new approach that enables different devices to repeatedly emit nearly identical single photons. September 10, 2018

New hole-punched crystal clears a path for quantum light

Photonic chip guides single photons, even when there are bends in the road. 
February 12, 2018

Light may unlock a new quantum dance for electrons in graphene
Scientists have suggested a way to make electrons in graphene take on entirely new quantum behaviors. January 18, 2018

The Department of Defense Awards Assistant Professor Mohammad Hafezi Competitive DURIP Grant
Dr. Hafezi’s award will support research for a Cryogenic System for Quantum Optical Measurement. April 12, 2017

Four ECE Professors Promoted to Full Professor with Tenure
Six ECE professors in total have received promotions: four to Full Professor and two to Associate Professor.  April 6, 2017

Hafezi and Munday Promoted to Associate Professors with Tenure 
Hafezi and Munday both hold affiliate appointments in the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP). March 16, 2017

Hafezi's Research on Quantum Hall Light and Photonic Chips Makes Cover of Nature Photonics
Characterizing quantum Hall light zooming around a photonic chip March 16, 2016

UMD Ties with Stanford, MIT for Most Researchers on 2015 DOD Multidisciplinary Research Grants
UMD Represented on 6 of 22 Teams Awarded University Research Initiative Grants by the Department of Defense June 9, 2015

Hafezi Named 2015 ONR Young Investigator
The Office of Naval Research awarded Hafezi for three years in support of his research on nanostructures. May 18, 2015

'I am very humbled': Hafezi Awarded Prestigious Sloan Fellowship
Hafezi is first Clark School faculty member to receive Sloan Foundation recognition. February 23, 2015