Ravitej Uppu

Assistant Professor


Ravitej (Ravi) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Iowa. His group's research focuses on understanding, controlling, and harnessing light-matter interactions using a combination of photonic nanostructures and adaptive control. He is the PI on the Jumpstarting a Quantum Simulation (UI-QSim) project, a seed grant from the University of Iowa that aims to converge the diverse expertise at Iowa in Material Science, Quantum Physics, Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Computational Chemistry, and Machine Learning. Alongside research, Ravi is committed to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students towards finding the joy of practical optics and quantum physics.

Ravi received his undergraduate degree at Chennai Mathematical Insitute in Physics. Subsequently, he carried out his doctoral research on random lasers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India on random lasers. He then moved to Europe for postdoctoral research, where his research focused on experimental quantum optics, photonic crystals and wavefront shaping first at the Complex Photonic Systems (COPS) group at the University of Twente, Netherlands and then at the Center for Hybrid Quantum Networks (Hy-Q) in the Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark.

Research areas
  • Quantum Optics
  • Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
  • Nanophotonics
  • Light Scattering
  • Quantum Cryptography
Ravitej Uppu
Ph.D. in Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India 2015
B.Sc. (Honors) in Physics, Chennai Mathematical Institute, India 2008