Eran Lustig’s PhD research in the physics department at the Technion was on non-spatial dimensions (synthetic dimensions). In his research he explored how exotic phenomena such as topological insulators can appear in dimensions such as modes, time, or frequency in real physical systems. While concepts such as time, space, or frequency are rarely mistaken with one another in our day-to-day lives, Dr. Lustig is generalizing them and using these degrees of freedom in elaborate ways. His theoretical work and experimental observations, such as the first photonic topological insulator in synthetic dimensions, opened the door for exploring high dimensional physics and non-local behavior in many physical systems. In this context, he showed that utilizing such synthetic dimensions leads to technological advances in laser science. More recently, he began an ongoing project to demonstrate the first photonic time-crystal, which he believes will become a major scientific field in the future. Additionally, he is interested in improving experimental physics with machine learning.
In his postdoctoral research at the department of physics at MIT, Dr. Lustig is bridging time-modulated photonics and quantum science technology. His work aims to manipulate single photons utilizing nonlinearity and time-modulated media to improve quantum computing. By expanding quantum theory and conducting experiments to include novel materials that change their macroscopic properties in time and their interaction with single photons, Dr. Lustig enables the development of efficient photonic quantum technology.