Professor Kira develops systematic many-body and quantum-optics approaches to quantitatively analyze, guide, and explain contemporary experiments that study phenomena encountered in the broad field of quantum sciences. His typical research effort involves extensive collaborations with experimentalists to rigorously test quantum concepts and designs. As few demonstrations, his team has recently discovered dropletons, a quasiparticle accelerator, quantum-memory effects, quantum interferences in high-harmonic generation, and explained quantum depletion in strongly interacting Bose-Einstein condensates.
Professor Kira’s research interests are: Quantum optoelectronics, semiconductor quantum optics, quantum optics, condensed-matter theory, terahertz spectroscopy, many-body interactions, photon correlations, coherent and ultrafast phenomena, and cluster-expansion approach.
McWilliams Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the McWilliams Center for Cosmology, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Avestruz is a computational cosmologist. She uses simulations to model, predict, and interpret observed large-scale cosmic structures. Her primary focus is to understand the evolution of galaxy clusters. These are the most massive gravitationally collapsed structures in our universe, comprised of hundreds to thousands of galaxies. Other aspects of her work prepare for the next decade of observations, which will produce unprecedented volumes of data. In particular, she is leading software development efforts within the clusters working group of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope to calibrate galaxy cluster masses from simulation data. Dr. Avestruz also incorporates big data methods, including machine learning, to extract gravitational lensing signatures that probe the mass distribution of massive galaxies and galaxy clusters.