Nicholas J. Laurita Ph.D.

Experimental condensed matter physicist & Optical Engineer

Post-doctoral Scholar Of The Institute for Quantum Information and Matter

California Institute Of Technology


Hi! I’m Dr. Nicholas Laurita, a quantum condensed matter physicist trying to understand how our universe works at the most fundamental levels.  In my research, I utilize the interaction between matter and intense ultra-fast laser pulses to unravel the properties of “quantum matter,” – materials who display quantum mechanics on the macroscopic scale.

Currently my research occurs at The Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) at The California Institute of Technology. Prior to my current position, I was a Ph.D. student of The Institute For Quantum Matter (IQM) at Johns Hopkins University as an Owen Fellow, a two time ARCS Scholar, and the recipient of the 2014 Rowland Prize for innovation and excellence in teaching.