Jeff Thompson, PhD

2009 Hertz Fellow
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Jeff Thompson leads a research group at Princeton University in the area of quantum science and engineering, working on quantum computing with neutral atoms and quantum communications.

Before joining Princeton, Jeff was a postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014–16), PhD student at Harvard University (2008–14), Fulbright scholar in Germany, and undergraduate student at Yale University (2003–07).

“The support and guidance provided by the Hertz Foundation gave me the freedom to pursue a topic that was risky, and to see it through until the end. I am very grateful for that opportunity.”
– Jeffrey Thompson

Graduate Studies

Harvard University
Physics, Atomic Physics
A quantum interface between single atoms and nanophotonic structures

Undergraduate Studies

Yale University


2007, Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright U.S. Student Program
2019, Department of Defense, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers