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Prof.dr. C.W.J. Beenakker (Carlo)

Faculty  Mathematics & Natural Sciences
Phone  071 527 5532
Date of birthJune 9, 1960
Place of birthLeiden
Ph.D.November 28, 1984
DissertationOn transport properties of concentrated suspensions
Date of accessionJanuary 1, 1992
Inaugural lectureFebruary 1, 1991
The electron billiard
SubjectCondensed matter theory


Mesoscopic physics, random matrices, superconductivity, quantum computers, nanoscience

My inspiration

Mesoscopic physics addresses fundamental physical problems which occur when a macroscopic object is miniaturized. The mesoscopic physics group at the Instituut Lorentz was established in 1992. One part of the group studies theoretically the electronic properties of nanostructured semiconductor or superconductor materials. The emphasis is on quantum mechanical phenomena in classically chaotic systems, in particular Josephson junctions and quantum dots. Another part of the group studies theoretical aspects of optical and elastic wave propagation in random media that have no counterparts in mesoscopic electronic systems. These include the interplay of multiple scattering and spontaneous or stimulated emission, photon statistics and threshold fluctuations in a random laser. Mesoscopic quantum optics, in particular in connection with quantum computing, is a recent development that is at the center of our attention.