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Daniel J. Gauthier

Daniel J. Gauthier

Daniel J. Gauthier




Physics Research Building, 4176

Areas of Expertise

  • Quantum communication
  • Quantum Computing
  • Dynamics of classical networks


  • Ph.D. in Optics, University of Rochester, 1989
  • M.S. in Optics, University of Rochester, 1983
  • B.S. in Optics, University of Rochester, 1982

Professional Work

Dr. Gauthier is an experimental Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physicist who studies the physics of information.  He is developing systems for achieving secure communication between two parties, known as quantum key distribution, and has achieved record-setting rates for key exchange.  In collaboration with Prof. Gregory Lafyatis, he is also developing superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors for applications in quantum optics and quantum computing and studies photonic approaches for quantum computing and quantum machine learning.  On the classical information side, he uses Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) to study the dynamics of large networks with applications to information processing, artificial neural networks, and artificial intelligence.  


2009 Outstanding Referee of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters
2006 Fellow of the Optical Society of America
2002 Fellow of the American Physical Society
2002 Bass Society of Fellows, Duke University
2000 -2001 Barbara and Randal Smith and Duke University, Arts & Sciences Faculty Enrichment Scholar
1997 Honorary Faculty Member, Golden Key National Honor Society
1993 - 1998 National Science Foundation Young Investigator
1992 - 1995 U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigator
1987 - 1989 University Research Initiative Fellow

Lab Group

CV and academic details

QuantInfo Laboratory

Daniel Gauthier Personal web site