Michèle Heurs



Michèle Heurs (group leader)

Callinstraße 38, room 019

+49 511 762-17037

In July 2010 Michèle took up a Junior Professorship at the Centre for Quantum Engineering and Space-Time Research (QUEST) at the University of Hannover, Germany. Before taking up her current position she was a Research Fellow in the group of Prof. E. H. Huntington, University of New South Wales @ the Australian Defence Force Academy (Canberra, Australia). During this time her research was based in the following areas: Modern quantum feedback control of quantum optical systems, continuous variable quantum computing, generation of a comb of squeezed light, measurement induced entanglement, homodyne locking and detection.

Her current research interests lie in the following areas:

  • non-classical light sources (squeezed light at high free spectral ranges)
  • non-classical laser interferometry (for future interferometric gravitational wave detectors and quantum optics)
  • controls (including modern control, coherent control, classical control)
  • electronics (particularly in high-frequency large bandwidth photodetection)
  • precision metrology (particularly stable high-finesse optical resonators, interferometric gravitational wave detection)
  • laser physics (including laser stabilisation and non-linear optics)


Selected publications (full publication list can be found here)

  • M. Heurs: Gravitational wave detection using laser interferometry beyond the standard quantum limit , Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences  376 (2120) (2018)
  • D. Schütte, S. Z. Sayed Hassen, K. S. Karvinen, T. K. Boyson, A. G. Kallapur, H. Song, I. R. Petersen, E. H. Huntington, and M. Heurs, “Experimental demonstration of frequency auto-locking an optical cavity using a time-varying Kalman filter”, Phys. Rev. Appl. 5 (1) (2016)
  • T. Denker, D. Schütte, M. H. Wimmer, T. A. Wheatley, E. H. Huntington, M. Heurs, “Utilizing weak pump depletion to stabilize squeezed vacuum states”, Opt. Express 23 132 (2015)
  • G. Kallapur, D. Schütte, I. R. Petersen, T. K. Boyson, E. H. Huntington, S. Z. S. Hassen, H. B. Song, M. Heurs , “Design and Implementation of an Optical Cavity Locking Controller Test Bed System”, IEEE T CONTR SYST T 23 (2) (2015)
  • J. Aasi, . . . , M. Heurs, . . . , “Advanced LIGO”, Class. Quant. Grav. 32 (7) (2015)
  • H. Song, H. Yonezawa, K. B. Kuntz, M. Heurs, and E. H. Huntington, “Quantum teleportation in space and frequency using entangled pairs of photons from a frequency comb”, Phys. Rev. A 90 (4) 042337 (2014)
  • M. H. Wimmer, D. Steinmeyer, K. Hammerer, M. Heurs, “Coherent cancellation of backaction noise in optomechanical force measurements”, Phys. Rev. A 89 (5) (2014)
  • J. Aasi, . . . , M. Heurs, . . . , “Enhanced sensitivity of the LIGO gravitational wave detector by using squeezed states of light”, Nature Photonics 7 (8) (2013)
  • M. Heurs, J. G. Webb, A. E. Dunlop, C. C. Harb, T. C. Ralph, E. Huntington, “A high-speed quantum channel for multiplexed quantum communications”, Phys. Rev. A 81 (3) (2010)
  • S. Z. Sayed Hassen, I. R. Petersen, E. Huntington, M. Heurs, M. R. James, “LQG control of an optical squeezer”, Proceedings of the American Control Conference (2010) pp. 2730-2735
  • M. Heurs, I. R. Petersen, M. R. James, E. Huntington, “Homodyne Locking of a Squeezer”, Opt. Lett. 34 (16) (2009)
  • E. Huntington, C. C. Harb, M. Heurs, T. C. Ralph, “The Quantum Noise Limits to Simultaneous Quadrature Amplitude and Phase Stabilization of Solid-State Lasers”, Phys. Rev. A 75 (1) (2007)
  • M. Heurs, T. Meier, V. M. Quetschke, B. Willke, I. Freitag, and K. Danzmann, Intensity and frequency noise reduction of a Nd:YAG NPRO via pump light stabilization, Appl. Phys. B 85 (1) (2006) 79-84
  • F. Seifert, P. Kwee, M. Heurs, B. Willke, and K. Danzmann, Laser power stabilization for second generation gravitational wave detectors, Opt. Lett. 31 (13) (2006) 2000-2002
  • B. Willke, K. Danzmann, C. Fallnich, M. Frede, M. Heurs, P. King, D. Kracht, P. Kwee, R. Savage, F. Seifert, and R. Wilhelm, Stabilized High Power Laser for Advanced Gravitational Wave Detectors, J. Phys.: Conf. Series 32 (2006) 270-275