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Erin Knutson

Erin Knutson
Erin Knutson

Postdoctoral Fellow

Erin Knutson earned a B.A. in physics from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2015, where she conducted research in an atomic cooling and trapping laboratory at the nearby Patuxent River Naval Air Force base. She received a Ph.D. in physics from Tulane University in 2020, where her research centered on experimental nonlinear and quantum optics, specifically the generation of multimode "squeezed light" using four-wave mixing in atomic vapor, as well as the application of orbital angular momentum of light to machine learning-based optical communications schemes. Erin was awarded a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship in 2017. She is currently an Inclusive Excellence postdoctoral fellow in the Weber group at Santa Clara University.


E. Knutson et. al, "Phase-sensitive amplification via multi-phase-matched four-wave mixing," Optics Express 28 (15), 2020

S. Lohani et. al, "Generative machine learning for robust free-space communication," Communications Physics, 2020

N. Bhusal et. al, "Spatial mode correction of single photons using machine learning," arXiv:2006.07760 (in submission), 2020

S. Lohani et. al, "Dispersion characterization and pulse prediction with machine learning," OSA Continuum 2, 3438-3445, 2019

E. Knutson et. al, "Optimal mode configuration for multiple phase-matched four-wave-mixing processes," Physical Review A 98 (1) 013828, 2018

S. Lohani et. al, "On the use of deep neural networks in optical communications," Applied Optics 57 (15) 4180-4190, 2018

J. Swaim et. al, "Multimode four-wave mixing with a spatially structured pump," Optics Letters 43 (11), 2716-2719, 2018

J. Swaim et. al, "Atomic vapor as a source of tunable, non-Gaussian self-reconstructing optical modes," Nature Scientific Reports 7, 42311, 2017