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James Franson

James Franson

Professor, Physics

Dr. James D. Franson joined the faculty of UMBC in 2006, where he is currently a Professor of Physics. Dr. Franson was previously a member of the Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and Research Professor in the Johns Hopkins Electrical and Computer Engineering department.  His research is primarily in the areas of quantum information processing and other non-classical effects in quantum optics.  Franson received a PhD in physics from the California Institute of Technology.

Research Projects

Dr. James Franson and Dr. Todd Pittman lead the Quantum Information Research Group in the UMBC Physics Department. Their group conducts both experimental and theoretical research in the field of Quantum Information Processing (QIP). The group’s current research focuses on an optical approach to quantum computing, in which the quantum states of single photons are used to represent the quantum bits, or “qubits”, of information.


Office: Physics 314
Phone: 410-455-8115